Maureen Coleman predicts the bands to watch out for in 2007... and her top choice includes quite a few from the home front
What a year it was for music.
On the home front, Snow Patrol cracked the States, Duke Special finally got the recognition he deserved and Co Down rockers The Answer caused an international stir, selling up to 50,000 copies of their album.
Iain Archer released a brilliant second album, Magnetic North, and Desert Hearts blew local music heads away with their release Hotsy Totsy Nagasaki.
Belfast act Alloy Mental who successfully fuse techno with alternative rock, recently played an impressive showcase in London while electro/pop darlings Oppenheimer signed to Bar None Records and toured the US.
But what does 2007 hold for the Northern Ireland music scene?
And who will be the main movers and shakers bothering the charts next year.
At home, some names to look out for are Kharma 45, Cashier No 9 and Kowalski, while further afield, the bands worth watching include Pull Tiger Tail, The Wombats and The Fratellis, who are set to be THE band of 2007.
Kharma 45: Derry band who combine dance music with indie. The four-piece were one of the most talked about bands locally towards the end of 2006, but fortunately live up the hype. Check out the superb nu rave track, Ecstasy.
Cashier No 9: class name for a class act. Electronic music man Daniel Todd, who comes from Belfast provides the music for Cashier No 9, when he's not playing in Corrigan or Alloy Mental.
Kowalski: Belfast young guns who describe themselves as indie rock. They've been compared to Death Cab For Cutie and Bloc Party, so must be worth a closer look.
Across the water, the biggest band of the year should be the fantastic Fratellis - if there's any justice in this world. The Scottish trio's debut album Costello Music was one of the best of the year, with catchy terrace chants tracks like Chelsea Dagger and the gorgeous Whistle For The Choir.
Pull Tiger Tail: nu rave London-based band with arty-party sound.
The Wombats: Scouser pop punksters who are influenced by The Pixies, Arcade Fire and Clap Your Hands Say Yeah.
The View: Dundee band formed in 2005. Took their name from their local hotel, The Bayview, from which they were banned, after riding a scooter over the bar. Rock 'n roll!