Belfast Telegraph


By Maureen Coleman

Belfast duo Oppenheimer are to appear in the BBC introducing tent at the Isle of Wight's three day boutique festival, Bestival, which runs from September 7 to 9.

The tent will host an array of up-and-coming artists like Belfast-bound singer Jack Penate, Foals and The Wombats. In addition to the bands, the likes of Zane Lowe, Huw Stephens and Annie Mac will be hosting and DJing at the stage over the weekend. Highlights will also be available to listen to on new music shows across BBC Radio and to watch online after the festival.

Following the success of his latest single The Days Of Pearly Spencer, singer-songwriter Brian Houston is set to play two concerts in Belfast. Brian will play an intimate solo set at the Waterfront Studio on August 31 and a full band set in the Empire Music Hall on August 26. He will perform a selection of songs from his recent albums with proceeds from the show in aid of the Northern Ireland Cancer Fund for Children. For the Waterfront show, tickets are available from 9080 5599. For the Empire show, tickets are available from 0870 243 4455.

Folk noir act The Winding Stair are to stage a number of gigs around the province to promote their debut album Finistere. As well as playing fourth up the bill at the Glastonbury Acoustic Stage this year, the band also supported Martha Wainwright and Mi & Lau in Belfast. The new album draws influences from the vintage folk of Clannad and the modern darkness of David Sylvian and Tori Amos. Catch them in concert at the Rotterdam bar on September 7 and the Limelight on October 18, with Panda Kopanda and John D'Arcy. Further dates to follow.

Belfast's club culture has gone global. International DJ Magazine has chosen to feature a cover mount CD mix compilation featuring 15 of the hottest tracks from across the city. The magazine also includes a major feature on Belfast's club, DJ and producer scene that highlights the huge wealth of talent and club venues that the city is rightly becoming famous for. The compilation CD was compiled by the jet Project, who are Timmy Stewart and John McIver, resident DJs at the Stiff Kitten and Shine. To celebrate the club scene, the Stiff Kitten will play host to a special Northern Souls CD launch Party on Sunday, August 26.

Duke Special has been confirmed to appear as special guest at the Crowded House gig at the Waterfront Hall on Tuesday, November 27. Tickets, priced £33 and £30, are on sale now from Waterfront Hall box office, Virgin and Ticketmaster.


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