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Grape vine

By Maureen Coleman

Veteran DJ, journalist and hip scenester Andrea McVeigh has teamed up with newcomer Marty Llish to launch a new club night at Auntie Annie's every Friday.

Andrea, already well-known to aa regulars from successful club nights bang and popscene, is currently behind the soul session every weekend at The House on Stranmillis Road, while Marty will be a familiar voice to many from his Ready, Steady Soul show on Queen's radio. The new club will see them slipping in some hot soul, indie, funk, punk, rock, alternative, you name it, they've got it. Just don't ask for Keane.

Rory McConnell's Radio One show became part of BBC Introducing in the Nations this week. From now on his show will be aired on Wednesday nights from midnight to 2am, instead of its old slot on Thursdays from 7.30pm to 9pm. Rory says that putting the show under the Introducing banner means he can now showcase even more new music from Northern Ireland. Listen out for more sessions, more interviews and more features on local bands, venues and labels.

Belfast band Blind Friday are hoping to take the Irish charts by storm with the release today of their latest single Coming Around as downloads only. This will be the band's first release through Belfast label Urban Angel Music Ltd since signing to them in March 2007. The Belfast-based fourpiece won the Big Buzz Battle of the Bands and played at the Oxegen Festival. The band kick off an Irish tour at the Black Box on October 27.

Christmas time, mistletoe and wine ... yes, it's that time of year again. Sir Cliff has announced a return visit to Belfast on December 2, 2008. That's how popular he is, he sells out arenas a year in advance! Tickets, priced £55, £44 and £38, go on sale tomorrow from the Odyssey Arena box office on 9073 9074.

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