Belfast Telegraph

Tuesday 31 May 2016

80s hitmakers reunite for further Adventures

By Maureen Coleman

Published 15/05/2009

Belfast band the Adventures, who had a massive UK hit during the 1980s with Broken Land, are to reform for a special gig to mark the best of Northern Irish music.

The Adventures are one of the headline acts of the Time To be Proud mini-festival, at the Black Box in Belfast’s Cathedral Quarter from May 22 to May 24.

Each night will see four bands take to the stage, some new and others more established. The other two headlining acts are The Minnows and The Sabrejets.

Formed in the 1980s, The Adventures enjoyed considerable success with the single Broken Land, which was the most played song on BBC Radio One in 1988.

Terry Sharpe and guitarist Pat Gribben will be back together for the Time To be Proud gig.

Saturday night sees the return of The Minnows to the Black Box stage for the first time since the band’s sold-out gig last November.

Formerly known as Tiberius’ Minnows, the band’s latest album Leonard Cohen’s Happy Compared To Me, released late last year, was the first album to be released on the Good Vibes label in 17 years and has received widespread critical acclaim.

The Minnows will be joined on the Saturday night by St Vitus Dance, Shibuya Crossings and Kitty And The Canopeners.

The festival wraps up on the Sunday night with a headline show from The Sabrejets, who will bring their unique brand of no holds barred, two-fisted rockabilly raunch to the Black Box.

As a special treat, The Sabrejets will be supported by The 3Tones, a three-piece Undertones spin-off featuring the O’Neill brothers and Undertones’ singer Paul McAloon.

Tickets for the Time To Be Proud gigs cost £10 per night and are available at the Black Box or on

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