The Pigeon Detectives: Chips, Hot Sauce & Learning On The Job!

Bam magazine had the opportunity to catch up with Pigeon Detectives frontman Matt Bowman as he lifts the lid on the group’s new record “Broken Glances”, the ever-changing nature of the music industry and the struggles that the new generation of bands face. More importantly, Matt discusses the rock solid friendship that has served as […]

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New Musical Glasgow Girls Makes Its Belfast Debut At The MAC

“The most politically engaged and enraged British musical since Blood Brothers, but it is even more raw and heartbreaking because it is entirely true.” – Sunday Express “Awe inspiring” – Time Out The MAC, Belfast, 8 February 2017: A smash hit new musical Glasgow Girls comes to Belfast for the first time, this critic’s top pick

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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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Bartender Scoops Top Prize At Jameson NYC Experience Competition

Nicole Kane from Muriels Café Bar, Belfast, has been crowned the winner of Northern Ireland’s ‘Jameson NYC Experience’ competition. Eight of Northern Ireland’s Jameson Irish Whiskey loving bartenders battled it out this week at the grand finale of the Jameson NYC Experience competition, with a once-in-a-lifetime trip to New York up for grabs. The winner

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Review: Ardnaglass on the Air, Lyric Theatre Belfast

When love-starved pig farmer Hugh Francis O’Connell and day-dreaming barmaid Margaret Mary Rose O’Boyle sit down behind the microphones in Mickey Madden’s mother’s garage, broadcasting to the fictional community of Ardnaglass, Northern Ireland – you’d do well to tune in and listen for a spell. Bringing you all the latest in mostly true news from

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Top Guitarists Set For The Ards International Guitar Festival

With the world’s guitarists at your fingertips, Ards and North Down Borough Council is delighted to announce the line-up for this year’s Ards International Guitar Festival. The festival returns in April 2017 with an eclectic mix to suit every taste. Celebrating all that is brilliant locally with a clever mix of international artists. From the

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Meet The Artist: Paul Butterfield Jnr, Limavady

Limavady poet Paul Butterfield Jnr has proven over recent years that the art form is alive and well here in Northern Ireland. The 27-year-old recently completed a tour in the UK and Ireland performing his own original poetry, and has also released a series of hard-hitting poetry music videos on YouTube. This year Paul will

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Comment: “You Don’t Look Disabled”…My Life With Disability

Disability makes me ANGRY. I HATE disability. It FRUSTRATES me. It makes me DEPRESSED. I’ve lost who I am. Part of me has died. I’m trying to find out who I am now. I’ve lost confidence. But I still have that wee determination deep down there, that I’ve always had. It’s just a matter of

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Meet The Artist: Abby Williams, Belfast

Belfast based author Abby Williams began writing voluntarily for BAM Mag in 2015. Since then she has become BAM’s Contributors’ Editor, part-owner and #ThroneWatch columnist. The 26-year-old published her first book, Tripping, with Excalibur Press in 2016 and was also nominated for Local Women Magazine’s Rising Star Award. Abby is now focusing on writing her

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Meet The Artist: Aaron Hughes, Belfast

When it comes to being creative Belfast artist Aaron Hughes is almost famous on the local scene.  From music and sculpture to fine art there’s nothing he isn’t good at. In recent years the 29-year-old has begun concentrating on his portraiture work using pencil, pen and charcoal.  As a result he’s already accumulated quite an

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Meet The Artist: Jim McComish, Belfast

Belfast author Jim McComish released his debut novel The Reluctant Rapparee at the end of 2015. Now, already half way through writing the follow up, Jim is carving a niche for himself writing Irish historical fiction with a strong element of fantasy and comedy. He added: “I had always wanted to write a novel but

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Comment: Dressing Up Discrimination Doesn’t Make It Any Less Despicable

In today’s society hearing, seeing or reading someone discriminate against another or a group of others is hard to witness.  It creates a vile taste in the mouth of most sensible-minded people who have not only accepted that all humans are equal but believe it to be true. Tonight a friend alerted me to a

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Star Wars Snowspeeder Cruises To Eikon Exhibition Centre For Invasion NI

A first for Northern Ireland will be unveiled at Invasion N.I. this weekend when an interactive Star Wars Snowspeeder, something that could be mistaken from “The Empire Strikes Back”, will be the centre of attention. Nearly two months in construction, countless man hours have been accumulated to ensure the Speeder will be ready for the

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Asda Set To Bring World Book Day To Life!

Characters from the most popular children’s novels will take charge of the shopping aisles in Asda to celebrate World Book Day (Thursday 2 March). Big and little kids are encouraged to come along next week, to hear the magical words of JK Rowling and Lewis Carroll, as told by Asda’s very own Professor Snape and

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Ryan Adams To Play Ulster Hall This September

Ryan Adams has just announced details of Irish tour dates this September. Ryan will play the Ulster Hall, Belfast on September 8, followed by the Cork Opera House on September 9 and the tour will finish at The Olympia Theatre, Dublin on September 11. “What’s more heartbreaking than any single event in life is the

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Ulster University Research To Maximise Sexual Wellbeing For Men And Their Partners After A Prostate Cancer Diagnosis

World-leading researchers at Ulster University are set to lead a £430,000 pioneering international research programme in the UK, the US and Canada, which aims to improve the sexual health of men, and their partners, after a prostate cancer diagnosis. Prostate cancer is the most common cancer among men and treatments can lead to a number

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ARCADE FIRE Announced For Belsonic 2017

Arcade Fire are set for their debut Northern Irish appearance this summer, with an outdoor show at Ormeau Park, Belfast on June 13. Hailed by the Daily Telegraph as “The greatest live band in the world”, Arcade Fire will join Jess Glynne, Cream Classics and many more at Belsonic 2017. Formed in Montreal, Arcade Fire

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Tesco Express Opens In One Of Belfast’s Most Famous Landmarks

A new £1million state-of-the-art Tesco Express has opened this week on University Road Belfast – on the site of an iconic Belfast pub, The Elms, later known as The Globe. Once part of the Botanic Inns empire of pubs, the landmark building officially closed its doors in 2013 and has remained vacant ever since. Years

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Review: Shortcross Gin Tasting At The Vault, Banbridge

A not-so-traditional drink, yet polls suggest one of the current most popular drinks in Northern Ireland is gin. Shortcross Gin is a local flavour that’s very name is Irish for Crossgar; the place where the gin originates. An insightful, tasty and thirst quenching night was provided by Shortcross and The Vault on #NationalPizzaDay. The night

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Restaurant Review: Rockmount Golf Club, Carryduff

Rockmount Golf Club is a parkland designed championship course located to the south of Belfast City centre. We decided to go to Rockmount Golf Club at lunchtime to celebrate a family birthday. On entry to the Club, we were greeted with a beautiful roaring open fire. At the start of our meal at Rockmount our

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How Can You Benefit From A 5-Minute Holiday Without Even Leaving Belfast?

Have you ever just wanted to take a break from the day and get rid of all the stress and anxiety that has built up? Belfast hypnotherapist Warren York says it’s easier than you think. Here are his top tips for taking a five minute holiday: 1. Space Find a nice, quiet spot where you

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New BMW 5 Series Pulls Into Prentice Portadown

Car retailer, Prentice Portadown, has unveiled the latest BMW 5 Series at an exclusive event in its Portadown showroom. The Prentice showroom was buzzing with excitement as guests had the chance to catch a first glimpse of the eagerly anticipated new model which has been named by What Car? as the Car of the Year

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REVIEW: Educating Rita Mesmerizes Belfast Crowd At The Lyric

In the spirit of a brevity employed by one of the main characters, Rita White, when she says “Do it on the table”; I will simply say, “Go watch this brilliant play.” From the moment I took my seat at the Lyric Theatre to await the opening of Willy Russell’s play “Educating Rita” I was

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Miranda Lambert And Nathan Carter To Headline Harvest Country Music Festival 2017

Tickets go on sale on Monday morning for Harvest 2017, a new Country Music Festival that will take place in 2 different locations on Saturday 26 & Sunday 27 August 2017 at Westport House, County Mayo and Enniskillen Airport, County Fermanagh. Weekend Tickets & Weekend tickets including camping are on sale NOW from all usual

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George Best Biopic Set To Premiere In Belfast

George Best remains one of the most naturally gifted footballers there has ever been. Famously called the “best player in the world” by Pelé, Best galvanised Manchester United’s five-year recovery from the tragedy of the Munich air crash in 1958. His skill and exuberance inspired them to win league titles and the European Cup, even

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Belsonic 2017 Announce The 1975, Cream Classical And The Chainsmokers

Belsonic is back live in concert at Ormeau Park June 2017 and they have just added The 1975, Cream Classical and The Chainsmokers to their incredible line up. June 16 will see The 1975 performing live at the iconic Belfast location, followed by Cream Classical on June 17 and The Chainsmokers plus guests on June

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AVA Festival And Conference Is Back Across Two Days For 2017!

For the third year running, AVA (Audio Visual Arts) Festival and Conference is set to return to its Belfast home at T13, this time across two days on the 2nd and 3rd of June 2017. For it’s first full weekend outing, AVA pulls out all the stops with a packed agenda of conferences, talks, music

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These Amazing Videos By Limavady Poet Prove That Creativity Is Alive And Well In NI

A young poet from Limavady has shared his amazing work through a series of YouTube videos and proven that Northern Ireland is home to some serious creative talent. Paul Butterfield Jnr, 26, speaks directly from the heart and has turned his writing into short “poetry films” with accompanying music and footage. “Little Boy” is an

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THE UNDERTONES Announce Headline Belfast Show At The Limelight 1

Irish punk legends The Undertones are pleased to announce a headline Belfast show at The Limelight 1 on Friday December 1 2017. Following the bands SOLD OUT 40th anniversary tour in 2016 they are bringing their hits on the road again. The Undertones emerged from Derry in 1976, the result of five friends (John O’Neill,

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Ballymena Hairdresser Scoops Northern Ireland Hairdresser Of The Year

Hairdressers Journal International hosted its British Hairdressing Awards recently, with 1,700 of the UK’s  finest hairstylists gathering at London’s glamorous Grosvenor House, a J W Marriott Hotel, for the industry event of the year. Amongst the trophies handed out by the duo on the night was Northern Ireland Hairdresser of the Year, which was scooped

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Northern Ireland’s Largest Ever Star Wars Convention To Invade Eikon Exhibition Centre

There is going to be an awakening in Northern Ireland next month as Star Wars fans gather for the country’s ‘largest ever’ fan convention. The Emerald Garrison and Eikon Exhibition Centre will be bringing Star Wars to life in a way that that amuses, entertains and educates at the award-winning family show, Invasion N.I. Featuring

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Fintech Company Orca Money Gains Funding

Orca Money Ltd has successfully raised £280k seed investment from TechStart NI, the Halo NI EIS Fund and private investors, including members of the NI Fintech Syndicate. 7 The funds will be used to build on the company’s peer-to-peer lending focused financial media site, ‘Orca Retail’, which was launched in early 2016. The alternative finance

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Prentice MINI Launch New ‘Car-aoke’ Competition

Leading car retailer Prentice MINI Portadown is teaming up with U105’s Carolyn Stewart to celebrate the launch of the brand new MINI Countryman by beginning the search for Northern Ireland’s next ‘Car-aoke’ star. Listeners are invited to upload a video themselves singing their favourite ‘Car-aoke’ hit to the Prentice MINI Portadown Facebook page, where the

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Breaking The Law: In Conversation With Fun Lovin’ Criminals Drummer Frank Benbini

Sometimes fate turns on a dime. Frank Benbini, drummer and one third of New York natives Fun Lovin’ Criminals, will testify to that. In February 1996, the faceless music factories were continuing to churn out forgettable, formulaic albums to feed the masses. In the UK, Britpop was deflating and the media were desperate for a

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Maisie Williams Reveals ‘Huge Cliffhanger’ Is Coming In Game Of Thrones Season 7

Game of Thrones star Maisie Williams has enticed fans of the show by revealing there will be a ‘huge cliffhanger’ during the penultimate season. The 19-year-old actress, who plays Arya Stark in the hit HBO show, recently spoke to Time Out about Game of Thrones’ imminent conclusion and her fears for the youngest Stark daughter

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