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Good Vibes for Terri Hooley: Musical benefit for Belfast's godfather of punk

Northern Ireland's musicians are coming together to send some 'Good Vibes' to Belfast's godfather of punk Terri Hooley.

On Sunday December 28 the Limelight, Belfast will be full of sound in a musical benefit for the originator of the Good Vibrations record label.

Terri, one of Northern Ireland's best known music figures, fell ill three weeks ago and is believed to be facing months in hospital.

It is understood Terri will have to undergo a heart bypass operation. Bangor-born Gary Lightbody had already donated boxes of music to sell in the store after calls went out for the public to support the Good Vibrations record shop as owner Terri was being treated.

In his own words Terri said: "I have to start to take it easy, so there will be no birthday party this year, no Boxing Day party and a lot less all night raves for a while. Don't panic - normal service will be resumed as soon as possible. Once a hooligan, always a Hooleygan. Keep her lit. One Love.”

Among the names already confirmed for the special gig are Tim Wheeler from Ash. Nathan Connolly who plays with Snow Patrol and little Matador.

Bap Kennedy who released his very first record on Good Vibes with his band Ten Past Seven. Iain Archer is an Ivor Novello Award winner and former member of Snow Patrol.

Tony Wright records as VerseChorusVerse. Duke Special is NI rock royalty. More special names will be announced shortly and in keeping with Terri’s spirit, there will be laughter, chaos and beautiful moments.

The Limelight 2 will feature some of the punk and alternative bands that Terri has encouraged over the decades.

The organisers said: "Terri Hooley is a legend, a record shop owner, originator of the Good Vibrations record label, the Godfather of Ulster Punk, a poet, a hooleygan and a gem of a human being. He has brought distinction and joy to Northern Ireland over five decades. ‘A Vibe For Terri’ is an event that celebrates the man and looks forward to his continued presence in our musical community.

"Terri is currently in hospital in Belfast. He may be absent from the scene for several months. So, a series of musicians have determined to play a special show to honour the man. The entire Limelight complex will be opened for this important event."

Gary Lightbody on Terri: “A drunken lunatic, a lucid guru, a hilarious storyteller, a cuddly bear and many more things besides. To those that get to know him well, he is a fiercely loyal friend.”

Gig details

The Limelight Complex, Ormeau Ave, Belfast

Sunday December 28, 8pm, £10

Tickets from Katy Dalys, from Tickemaster or on the door

Limelight 1: Tim Wheeler, Nathan Connolly, Iain Archer, Bap Kennedy, Duke Special, Tony Wright and special guests, TBA

Limelight 2: The Outcasts, The Defects, The Sabrejets, The Groundlings, Steven VX.


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