Here Come The Girls!
July and August goes hand in hand with holidays, festivals and escaping to the country. With a host of festivals taking place across the North, there are plenty of options for weekend getaways, with some of the best Northern Irish musicians performing. However, city dwellers have not been forgotten about, as there is still plenty going on to entertain all, on these long Summer nights.
One of the main events for Summer in the City comes from Shizznigh Promotions – bringing what could be likened to an urban mini-festival of its own – to The Belfast Empire with Girls Night Out on July 31st. With an exclusively female line up, the four acts are set to showcase some of the finest home-grown female original music from a variety of genres. But guys, don’t feel left out, although the performers are all girls, it doesn’t exclude the boys from coming to watch!
Headlining the gig is freshly named Rews, formerly known as Silhouette. Shauna Tohill’s conception was known best for their track ‘Can’t Keep Up’, used in the Northern Irish Tourist Board advertisements. She has spent recent months writing new material and creating a new band. Now Rews, re-vamped and re- shaped will bring a feisty powerful attitude with a contemporary alternative rock sound, this gig being the debut performance as a new band, with brand new first single ‘Can You Feel It,’ sure to be included on the set list.
Antrim’s female quartet Vokxen, are sure to lift the atmosphere with energetic drums, bass guitar and keyboards complementing strong vocals. Newly formed yet experienced in their art, these talented musicians are already causing a stir on the scene with a punchy, indie pop repertoire including newly released single ‘Somebody’.
The two fiery, energetic bands on the line up are joined in harmonious contrast, by singer songwriters Allie Bradley and Jess Edlin.
Allie’s elegantly rich vocals and spirited acoustic strums are guaranteed to empower the audience. Named as one of the Ulster music scenes hottest five faces by the Sunday World, Allie has been in the studio recording new material, following on from her debut 2012 EP ‘Two’. The EP lays bare her folk-country like voice, expressing her relatable and heartfelt lyrics with beautifully delivered duets.
Jess Edlins’ distinctive and soothing voice combined with an eclectic array of instrumental compositions including intricate bass guitar, viola and piano, will captivate instantly. Her experimental and diverse sound is reflected with the dreamy chords of ‘ Far Away’, the chilled yet sultry ‘Piano 4 Dessert,’ and alternative play with haunting rock and chill in ‘Break’.
Following the multi-faceted impressive line up the night will climax with a DJ set by Go Girl keeping the feminine party vibe going, the evening as a whole providing something to suit all musical tastes.
Girls Night Out at The Belfast Empire, 31st July. Doors: 8.30pm. Tickets: £6 on the door.