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Review: Johannes Radebe’s House Of Jojo at the Grand Opera House, Belfast

House of Jojo sees TV Dance Sensation Johannes Radebe and a host of eclectic characters bring his brand-new theatrical celebration jam-packed with roof-raising music, dazzling costumes and of course, world-class dance. The show welcomes you with a vibrant modern routine but soon takes you back to his roots in SA, stripping down the big costumes […]

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Review: Give My Head Peace Live at Grand Opera House 2024

The enduring satire Give My Head Peace brings its 2024 stage show to Belfast’s iconic Grand Opera House. A fan since childhood, I was eager to see how the television show’s sharp wit would translate to the stage – and it doesn’t disappoint. While the humour is deeply rooted in Northern Irish politics and local

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Dark, Witty, Poignant Observational Discourse On A City And A Person

Christophe Owens already has collected much writing kudos from debut collection, A Vortex of Securocrats, with authors, musicians and commentator heaping praise on its hellish visions of post-conflict Belfast. To follow it ups Owens takes the reader back to the streets of the city in ‘dethrone god’. Here the comparison ends. The novella is chock

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Belfast Author Launches Latest Book, As A Love Letter To Belfast

Belfast-based author Christopher Owens has launched his latest book, ‘dethrone god’, as a follow-up to his debut collection, A Vortex of Secutocrats. Published by Brighton’s experimental company Sweat Drenched Press, is an amusing, poignant and thought provoking story that takes the reader along the struggles getting home from a night at a city centre pub.

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Pizza Wins The Battle Of The UK’s Favourite Takeaway

Pizza has emerged just ahead of Chinese to be named the UK’s favourite takeaway cuisine, new research from Peckwater Brands can reveal. Europe’s largest virtual food brand operator commissioned an independent survey of 2,000 UK adults. Peckwater Brands asked all those who use delivery platforms (like Deliveroo, Uber Eats and Just-Eat) at least once a

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The Ocean At The End Of The Lane Review

It’s always good to see The National Theatre in Belfast and once again they didn’t disappoint. It was well deserved standing ovations all round at the opening night of the thrilling, magical, fantasy, adventure – The Ocean At The Lane Of The Lane. Running at Belfast’s Grand Opera House all week this spectacular show from

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Trucker Diablo kicking ass and taking names on Tail End of A Hurricane

If there is one thing certain in these uncertain times it is the fact that the Big Truck Keeps on Rolling as Trucker Diablo look at the pandemic and state that no matter what, quality hard and heavy music provides the pulse and heartbeat we all need. The pandemic put paid to plans to release

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Fury and anger wrapped in ‘hybrid’ metal from Machina Kore

In a world gone mad, where certainties are now uncertain, and the music is reduced to live streams there is no better time to have a band challenge the norm and raise questions. Machina Kore release their new EP, Blood in Code, on May 7th, and it should be embraced and cherished. The four tracks

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Review: W7 Stay At Home Self-Care Pack

Staying at home never felt so good with the W7 Stay At Home Self-Care Pack. This skincare range from W7 has left my skin feeling fresh throughout lockdown. My skin has been prone to breakouts lately with wearing face masks daily and the constant everyday stresses of lockdown, however, the one thing I look forward

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REVIEW: “In Imagination We Trust And In Wonder We Must” CahootsNI’s New Online Show The University Of Wonder and Imagination

During lockdown I really wanted to up skill and learn something new, like perhaps learning a new language? Or, developing my business skills? I didn’t really have “graduated from a University of Wonder ” down on the to-do list but thanks to CahootsNI’s new online show, ‘The University of Wonder and Imagination’ I graduated with

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City Hall Tours: Experience The Magic And Beauty Of One Of Belfast’s Most Historical Landmarks

Walking down Donegal Square there is one building that is without a doubt catching everyone’s eyes. Tourists and habitants lay down in the grass in front of the grey castle, named City Hall, enjoying the unusual sunny weather. The City Hall is the civic building of Belfast City Council and the location of many function

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Is it a dupe? W7’s answer to Huda Beauty’s ‘New Nude’ Palette.

If you are an avid follower of the makeup and beauty community, you have probably come across the Huda Beauty Palettes. Following on from the success of the ever popular ‘Rose Gold Palette’, the ‘New Nude Palette’ has been as much of a success. However, these popular palettes do not come without a hefty price

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REVIEW: Tomb Raider- Reboot Vs Rebirth

This film is a complete departure from the 2001 original blockbuster hit featuring Angelina Jolie. Alicia Vikander allows us to understand the origins of “Lara Croft”. What is refreshing, is that this is not the Lara Croft we recall, the highly skilled adventurer who excels in combat, the modern day Lara Croft is not invincible

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ALBUM REVIEW: A Little Bitter Produce Album Of Tenderness & Anger

GIVEN the lengthy gestation period for A Little Bitter’s new album, ‘Arrows’, it is fair to say that this has been eagerly awaited by fans of the three-piece. Has the wait been worth it? It has been worth every fucking second since ‘New Dawn Evolution’ was unleashed. ‘Arrows’ shows a band more mature, comfortable in

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Review: VELVET ALIBI At The Echo Echo Festival Of Dance And Movement

The Echo Echo Dance Festival of Dance and Movement came to an end on Saturday 18 and there was no other band that could have played the closing party than Velvet Alibi. The festival, which ran for 2 weeks at the Derry/Londonderry studio on Magazine Street celebrated the joy of dance in a delicate, beautiful,

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Review: Fire Below: A War Of Words At The Lyric Theatre, Belfast

FIRE BELOW: A WAR OF WORDS – Written by Owen McCafferty Directed by Jimmy Fay A co-production between Lyric Theatre and Abbey Theatre In Association with Belfast International Arts Festival 12-28 October 2017 Fire Below: A War Of Words tells the story of two ‘middle class’ couples who were neighbours that decided to have their

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On The Town [August]: From Fabulous Fashion To Fantastic Food

My favourite event this month was, without a doubt, the launch of Belfast Fashion Week. There were some beautiful Autumn/Winter designs and collections on the catwalk, so I’m really looking forward to seeing the full show later this year. The planned programme is so diverse, and as one of the key fashion events in the

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Review: Local thrashers Scimitar produce a curate’s egg on début release Where Darkness Dwells

AS a young thrash band it can be a hard path to carve in a crowded marketplace, but so far Scimitar have earned their stripes and come out strong. However, on their début release ‘Where Darkness Dwells’ they have may missed an opportunity. Don’t get us wrong – there are (leaving aside the brief intro ‘Sands

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Jake Burns on stage in Belfast

LIVE REVIEW: Inflammatory, nostalgic and still relevant – Stiff Little Fingers blast the past with superb supporting cast

WHEN the term ‘heyday’ is thrown around willy nilly, usually by those who choose not to stay up-to-date with a groups current status. But fans know that strong bands are always in their heyday; and when it comes to Stiff Little Fingers today they are more relevant than ever. When SLF and a mighty clatter

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Album Review: Postcards From The Caravan by Aindre Reece-Sheerin

It’s taken me quite a while since receiving this CD to write this review. I’m never able to consciously judge any music until I get to know it. “Postcards From The Caravan” is well thought out and very professionally put together. Musicians like this should be bottled and sold! Aindre Reece-Sheerin, his fellow musicians and

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REVIEW: Roll With It – The Ultimate Oasis Experience At Voodoo, Belfast

Friday 30 June saw Oasis fans arrive in their droves to see NI’s number one Oasis tribute, Roll With It, live at Voodoo, Belfast. Formed in 2013, Mark, Tom, Nick, Graeme and Dave are a group of experienced musicians passionate about honouring one of the 90’s most iconic bands. Roll With It: The Ultimate Oasis

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ALBUM REVIEW: Rabid Bitch Of The North Leave Sweet Sensations On The Palette With ‘Nothing But A Bitter Taste’

AHH the heady days of the New Wave Of British Heavy Metal – our formative years when the Friday Rock Show was gospel and a myriad of bands infused musicality with punk attitude. Even for the younger generation – weaned on the bands, or simply introduced by friends – it was an era that cemented

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REVIEW @ The Belfast Book Festival – Louise Phillips: Trouble Is Her Business

Despite being only partway through the 2017 programme, the Belfast Book Festival 2017 is already being widely heralded as a great success. This has been in part due to the myriad of events taking place in a variety of locations across the city, but also due to the quality of authors, guests and panelists who

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ALBUM REVIEW: Selene push on to the next level on The Ravages of Time

WHEN you hear the term ‘symphonic metal’ sometimes there is a tendency to go back to the progenitors of the genre and compare it with newer acts, which is both unfair and unjust. The depth and the breadth of the genre belies the fact that with an ear there is more to be heard, but more

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Review: The Serenity Elemis Spa At Gweedore Court Hotel

An Chúirt Gweedore Court Hotel & Spa is unique in both setting and style, availing of Donegal’s stunning Gaeltacht area and boasting “understated luxury” for all who are welcomed through its doors. Needless to say, I was excited to be able to review this one-of-a-kind hotel and spa, travelling through the famous Emerald Mountain Peaks past

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REVIEW: Reiki Session With Debbie Pielou Therapies NI

Northern Ireland has seen a surge in public interest when it comes to holistic therapies over the past decade, with people considering treatments outside the Western mainstream for both their mental and physical health. With endless funding cuts and flaws in modern medicinal practices being exposed all the time, it is no surprise that people

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Review: The Emerald Garrison Close A Successful Invasion N.I. With A Moving Tribute To Carrie Fisher And Kenny Baker

One could be forgiven for mistaking the Eikon Exhibition Centre itself as a spaceship. Approaching by car, it looks like it has just landed in the middle of a barren field – a fitting venue, then, to host “Invasion N.I”. This unofficial fan event, by Ireland’s premier Star Wars club, Emerald Garrison, has been created

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