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Q&A: Irish trio SAARLOOS on playing Electric Picnic and the 'sultry' Belfast accent

SAARLOOS are a new rock/pop trio from Dublin, whose debut single Changes featured on Spotify's New Music Friday Playlist and hit over one million plays in the first ten weeks.

After a hectic Summer which included a headline slot at Ireland's Electric Picnic, the band are now gearing up to do their own headline tour across Ireland.

We had a chat with the trio ahead of their show at McHughs Basement Bar on Thursday, November 29.

What's your favourite thing about Belfast?

The Cathedral Quarter is great craic! Als,o who can resist the sultry tones of a Belfast accent?

Who would you want to get stuck in a lift with for 24 hours?

Oh great question! For Andy, it would be George RR Martin just so he could wreck his head about Game of Thrones.

For Brian, it would be George Best. To be honest, Brian thinks he is him when we’re playing 5 a side.

And Craig would love to be stuck with Gary Lightbody from Snow Patrol – Run was one of the first songs he ever learned.

How did you get into music?

Craig and Brian have been playing for years. Both the lads started gigging in Temple Bar in Dublin. Eventually their paths crossed and they got along so well it just evolved from there. Andy was dared on a drunken night in London to learn the bass and he did… well he’s still learning! True story.

What's the most underrated song of all time?

Oh, another great question. Dolly Parton’s 9-5. We challenge anyone to put that on and not instantly feel better. We know it’s popular but it deserves a lot more praise.

What can a Belfast audience expect from your show?

We’re gonna try and make them laugh, make them cry and then make them dance. In that order!

What did your mum say when you told her you were going to be a musician?

We were lucky enough to have supportive families. Brian’s Mam actually gave him his first guitar lesson.

What's been your favourite gig you've played so far?

We played some amazing gigs this year all over Europe and America. It’s almost impossible to pick one. Our slot at Electric Picnic was amazing though. Since we’re a new band we weren’t expecting a big crowd so when we walked out and saw about 2,000 people there we lost our s***!

Could you listen to the first song you wrote and not cringe?

The song we wrote last week was cringier!

Tickets on sale now at, and Ticketmaster outlets nationwide.

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