Belfast gigs: A cast featuring Britpop and punk rock
Cast Limelight 1, Belfast Saturday, 7pm
Britpop is back in Belfast, in the form of cheeky Liverpudlian quartet Cast.
Formed in 1992 by John Power, previously the lead singer and guitarist of The La's, who scored a Top 20 hit in 1990 with Here She Goes, and Shack bass player Peter Wilkinson, Cast's 1995 debut album, All Change, launched their career just as the Britpop movement was taking off.
They scored nine Top 20 singles, including Alright, Sandstorm, Walkaway, Guiding Star and Live the Dream, before splitting up in 2001.
Reuniting in 2010, Cast released their fifth album, Troubled Times, the following year. Wilkinson departed the band for personal reasons in 2015, but the new line-up is touring new album Kicking Up The Dust with a Belfast date at the Limelight tomorrow. Support is supplied by Echo Raptors. Visit ticketmaster.ie for details.
Rapidly making a name for themselves as one of Northern Ireland's must-see live acts, Skymas is a collaboration between ex-Alloy Mental and Skint Records artist Martin Corrigan and Nick Todd.
Originally formed as a trio, the pair produce an ear-boggling blend of techno, noise rock, reggae, punk and new wave, and their most recent single, No Way Out, earned positive outpourings from both rock and electronica critics alike.
Also appearing on tomorrow night's bill at city centre venue Voodoo will be ASIWYFA guitarist Rory Friers, performing under his electro alter-ego Thrash Hat, while producer and studio manager Dave Lievense turns in a DJ set. Admission is £7 at the door. Visit facebook.com/skymas.band for more details.
The last surviving member of legendary New York punk outfit The Ramones, drummer Richie Ramone joined the band in 1983 and first appeared with them on their Subterranean Jungle tour. During his career with the leather-clad rockers, he played more than 500 shows and, in addition to his drumming duties, he sang lead vocals on several songs, as well composing some of their hits.
Richie quit the band in 1987 and worked as a composer and instrumentalist, playing with other acts and recording his debut solo album, Entitled, in 2013. Support comes from Leeds post-punks Klammer. For details, visit voodoobelfast.com.
Empire Music Hall, Belfast
US slowcore rockers Low headline the Empire next week, part of a tour marking the re-release of their 2000 EP, The Exit Papers.
Formed in Minnesota in 1993 by Alan Sparhawk, his wife Mimi Parker and John Nichols, the band's quiet and slow live performances flew in the face of the contemporary trend, which favoured grunge music.
Their often controversial sound earned them a unique presence on their local scene, and Low have since enjoyed commercial success, with songs appearing in numerous films and television shows, while Led Zeppelin's Robert Plant recorded several of their songs for his album, Band of Joy. For details, visit thebelfastempire.com/event/low/1628.