Belfast-based blues and jazz-influenced rockers The Flying Gypsies seem to have set up some kind of permanent camp at Auntie Annie's with two gigs scheduled for the coming week.
- Belfast-based blues and jazz-influenced rockers The Flying Gypsies seem to have set up some kind of permanent camp at Auntie Annie's with two gigs scheduled for the coming week. On Sunday night, they'll be joining The Nixon Administration, The Experiment and Chris McGarry for an evening of just about everything from good old-fashioned rock n roll numbers, to songs infused with a rather funkier note. Then on Wednesday night, they'll be on the same stage once again, joining Belfast's audio anarchists Unknown Soldiers and alt.rock four-piece, Midnight Noise Conspiracy.
- Sunday night is metal night in Portadown's Oak Bar as visiting Brummie eardrum-bruisers A Day Called Desire hook up with local cowboys from hell Ninety Nine Knives and Bangor metallers, Vitaria. The Knives have been spending almost as much time in the studio recently as they have gigging around Northern Ireland and there have been a few new tracks floating around on local radio and the internet, prior to their forthcoming EP release. Vitaria also have a new CD in the offing, but in the meantime fans will have to make do with checking out one of their live shows - if you can't make the Portadown gig, they're playing Lavery's Bunker in Belfast, the following Sunday.
- Speaking of which, Monday night at The Bunker sees another outing by Club Sandwich, featuring a return by six-piece alternative Belfast band Nebo and indie groovers, Airspace. Airspace played a recent gig in North Carolina to coincide with their CD release, a collection of excellent songs betraying their musical influences, ranging from Radiohead and The Kinks to The Strokes.
- Club NI:NG is a monthly event at the same venue, featuring the best of local bands, in association with their sister festival at London's Brixton Windmill. Participating bands are given the chance to perform at the annual London showcase, introducing their talents to a much wider audience than they could reach by being confined to the local gig circuit. Taking the stage tomorrow night are raw and blistering rockers Inside and Belfast's Delta blues/dark folk-influenced psychobillies, The Hellfire Club. Perfectly complementing the latter's off-the-wall brand of sinister sounds are potent country punkers, The Dregs, who can do things with a harmonica guaranteed to make a grown man cry - in a musical way, that is!