Up-and-coming talent will be on show in north Belfast tonight in a new province-wide battle-of-the-bands venture from cross-community action group, Fresh Fusion.
The Belfast heat of the competition takes place in St Kevin's Hall, North Queen Street, when the first of eight unsigned bands will have the chance to win £400 and be named 'Belfast's best new live band 2007'. The winning band will also go into the live Belfast final in May 2008, at which all the winners from the Fresh Fusion tour will battle it out for the coveted title of 'best live band in Northern Ireland'. U105 DJ Carolyn Stewart will be one of tonight's judges and has already met and interviewed some of the bands taking part, including The Monday Club. The idea behind Fresh Fusion is to use music as a way of promoting and fusing relations between different religious and ethnic communities, so it's all in a worthy cause too. All proceeds from the night will go to cross community charities and tickets cost £6 from Fresh Garbage, Belfast and McCracken's Cafe Bar, Joy's Entry.
It had to happen - local music mag AU has launched a monthly club and band night, starting tomorrow night in the revamped Lavery's Attic bar, Belfast. Over the coming month's, Club AU will feature the the hippest underground bands, from Northern Ireland as well as further afield, as well as the best DJs, and with the mag's kudos and influence, the guys behind the club are certainly in a good position to source the best sounds. Tomorrow night's launch party sees Texan band Voxtrot, from Playlouder records, take to the stage for their local debut Belfast performance, with support coming from Bangor band Kowalski. AU publisher Jonny Tiernan will be manning the decks, playing everything from old-school funk to the latest indie tunes, plus there'll be what's promised to be a 'super-secret uber-cool after party', so keep eyes and ears peeled for details of that on the night.
You can catch Co Tyrone band A Little Bitter at the Cellar Bar, Draperstown tonight when they take to the stage along with Blackened. Since the release of their debut album, The Blood, last year, the band has recruited Darren Pilkington on drums, and they're as busy as ever, with gigs in Belfast, Dungannon and Londonderry coming up over the next month.