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Music: Tune in to punk icon on Voodoo return

TV Smith, Voodoo, Belfast. Tonight 8pm

By Patric Baird

Punk icon Tim Smith, better known as The Adverts' frontman TV Smith in the Seventies returns to Voodoo. He made his debut several years ago along with The Bored Teenagers, that being his first time in Belfast since The Adverts played Queen's in 1978. Following the band's split in 1979, Smith has pursued a solo career, so expect to hear a few punk classics from his original band, including Gary Gilmore's Eyes and Safety in Numbers, as well as some of Smith's more recent material. Support comes from The Vile and local performer Steven VX. Admission is £10, payable at the door. For more details visit


Empire Music Hall, Botanic Avenue, Belfast

Tomorrow 8.30pm

Although he died aged only 36 in 1981, reggae star Bob Marley left a huge legacy behind him and almost single-handedly brought the genre into the mainstream. Helping to keep his memory alive are Legend. Fronted by Bob-a-like Michael Anton Phillips, the ensemble has an impeccable pedigree within reggae, having worked alongside some of the greats including Rankin' Roger, The Beat, Burning Spear and Desmond Decker. Expect to hear all the classics including No Woman No Cry, Waiting in Vain, Exodus, I Shot the Sheriff, Jamming and Could You Be Loved.

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Ramones Tribute Night

Black Box, Belfast

Tomorrow 8.30pm

Some of Belfast's finest underground acts come together for the fourth annual tribute to one of New York City's greatest punk bands. Emerging onto the world's stage from the now legendary CBGBs scene in the late Seventies along with fellow NYC punk and new wave acts Blondie, Television and Talking Heads, the Ramones fused punk rock with Fifties doo-wop and rock 'n' roll which, coupled with their distinctive leather boy looks, earned them their place as one of the most influential live acts in rock history. With no chance of a reunion, given all of the original members have died, local acts The Groundlings, Sabrejets/Rudi frontman Brian Young, Los Reyes and No Matter step up to the mark to perform some of the Ramones' most enduring songs, while Ryan Fitzsimmons from Sunglasses After Dark turns in a DJ set. Admission is £5, payable at the door.

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Liam O'Maonlai

Alley Theatre, Railway Street, Strabane

Tonight 8pm

Going solo tonight, Liam O'Maonlai is frontman with Hothouse Flowers, who hit it big in the Eighties and Nineties and continue to tour on an occasional basis. Their trademark sound blends traditional Irish music with gospel, soul and rock influences and O'Maonlai will be continuing the theme here.

Tickets are £10. Visit the for more details.

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