By Melanie Brehaut • Photography Darren Mcveigh

Alright rockers and rockettes, it’s time for the May/June issue of our heavy music gig guide. The days are getting warmer, the nights are getting shorter, which can only mean one thing – festival season is coming! Woo! Before we really get stuck into the real summery stuff though, there’s just time for a plethora of local gigs to get you really warmed up! Here they are._--ROCK-2


01 Sunday

• Distortion project presents Corrosion of Conformity w/Zlatanera – Limelight 2

• Stonemasons w/Knuckle Dragger, Bosco Ramos – Voodoo

02 Monday

• Making Monsters w/Death of a Salesman, Heels of Achilles, Black Chapels – Belfast Empire

05 Thursday

• LiveFree #14: Scimitar, The Crawling, Shrouded – Eglantine (free show)

06 Friday

• Kula Shaker w/guests – Limelight 1

• Bloodstock M2TM Final – Limelight 2

07 Saturday

• The Irontown Diehards w/Cross Eyed Mary, On Parole – Limelight 2

• Screaming Eagles unplugged w/Donum Dei, the Rival Movement – O’Reilly’s, Banbridge

• Lo Mejor – Diamond Rock Club, Agoghill

• Riff Diamond w/Killer Kudos – Ivy Bar, Newtownards

11 Wednesday

• Bryans Adams w/guests – SSE Arena

12 Thursday

• The Mighty Stef w/Thee Penny Dreadfuls, Petty Youth, Buffalos Bay – Belfast Empire

13 Friday

• Friday 13th Bad Luck Ball feat. Spellbound, Going Full Retard, Satan’s BBQ Shop, The Boozehounds – Voodoo

14 Saturday

• The Bonnevilles w/Crossfiire Hurricanes, Los Bloody Rackets, Waldorf and Cannon – Belfast Empire

• False Flag Records Fundraiser feat. The Defeats, Crows, Warcrime, Deathgrip, Towers, Search Party – Warzone Centre

• The Burning Crows w/Stone Trigger – Diamond Rock Club

• Double Experience w/The Shout, Thieves of Ennui, Electric Blue – Pavilion Bar

16 Monday

-The Rumjacks – Voodoo

20 Friday

• The Undertones 40th Anniversary feat. Terri Hooley DJ Set – Limelight 1

• The Alarm ‘Declare Your Strength’ Tour – Voodoo

• ‘Dancing With the Fallen’ Fest feat. Putrefaction, No More Idols, 1000 Drunken Nights, Takers & Users, Thee Dirt Byrds, Last Wishes, Deathbus, Aggressors BC, Going Full Retard, Lawfucker, United Bottles, The Divils, The Kluster-Fux, Deathgrip, Warcrime – 20th – 22nd, Warzone Centre

21 Saturday

• Romeo’s Daughter – Diamond Rock Club

• Dead Addiction w/Cross Eyed Mary, Ozymandias – Voodoo

• Ironheart &Triggerman w/Hornets, Venus Sleeps – Limelight 2

22 Sunday

• Argyle Goolsby and the Roving Midnight w/So Long Until the Seance/SLUTS, Lawfucker, Drakonis – Belfast Empire

26 Thursday

-Live Free #17 Apartments, No Great Loss, Little Arcadia – Eglantine (free show)

27 Friday

• Magnum w/Vega – Limelight 1

• The Dandy Warhols w/Happyness – Limelight 2

• The Crossfire Hurricanes w/Smoking Tongues, Electric Vultures, Dahlia – O’Reilly’s Banbridge

28 Saturday

• Circus of Horrors – Waterfront Hall

• NI Tattoo Convention – 28th – 29th, Waterfront Hall

29 Sunday

• Los Fastidios w/Suckin’ Diesel – Voodoo

• Power Trip: Riffing in Ireland Tour w/Hollow truth, Kingpin, Hardships, Scimitar – Warzone Centre

30 Monday

• Busted w/Wheatus, Emma Blackery – SSE Arena


03 Friday

• The Answer ‘Rise’ 10th Anniversary Show w/Screaming Eagles – Limelight 2

04 Saturday

• Ironheart/Sinocence co-headlining show – Diamond Rock Club

• Slough Feg w/Woven Skull, Terminus – O’Reilly’s, Banbridge

07 Tuesday

• Mudhoney w/Bob Log III – Black Box

• Neil Young – SSE Arena

10 Friday

• Greenland Whalefishers w/United Bottles, Takers & Users, Pandora Ills – Warzone Centre

• Norma Jean w/7.5 Tonnes of Beard, Hornets, Last Wishes – Voodoo

11 Saturday

• Seventhson (Iron Maiden tribute) w/Donum Dei, the Foyer Incident – Ivy Bar

14 Tuesday

• Tremonti w/Man the Mighty – Limelight 2

15 Wednesday

• Brian Jonestown Massacre – Limelight 2

17 Friday

• Belsonic Presents Bring Me the Horizon w/guests – Titanic Belfast

23 Thursday

• Belsonic Presents Foals w/Frightened Rabbit – Titanic Belfast

25 Saturday

-Belsonic Presents Biffy Clyro w/guests – Titanic Belfast

26 Sunday

• Bad Manners 40th Anniversary Tour w/guests – Limelight 1

29 Wednesday

• Belsonic Presents Stereophonics w/The Vaccines – Titanic Belfast

Well, well, well eh? A veritable treasure trove of international – and more importantly, local – gigs to choose from as the weather improves and one’s mind turns to entertainment on a night out. So much variety and talent in there! With Belsonic kicking off the festival season here in Northern Ireland and the NI Tattoo Convention outgrowing it’s previous home and relocating to the recently enlarged Waterfront Hall, it’s sure to be a brilliant beginning to all of our summers. Until next time – keep ‘er lit, rockers!

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