Previous to launching my own blog and website I gained quite a lot of experience writing for a number of different online publications and magazines. Below is a few examples of my own published reviews and interviews for publications such as Gigging NI, CultureHUB, There Goes the Fear and also Chordblossom.
Making Monsters |Interview
Fresh from releasing their lead single ’Better’ off their brand new E.P Bad Blood to a remarkable reception Derry based four piece Making Monsters have proved unstoppable in their rise to recognition…..
Duke Special and Ulaid | Review
The first time I saw Duke Special was a little over six years ago in the very same venue as I am in tonight, Derry’s Nerve Centre. After extensive refurbishments in the last few months, it is the perfect way to celebrate the opening of their new event space with a special performance from Duke Special and Ulaid. A lovely reprise to the venues former glory of one of the most loved and respected music venues in the country and I hope it continues in this vain…….
Stendhal Festival of Art 2016 | Review
Stendhal Festival of art located within the scenic surroundings of Ballymully Cottage Farm, is now in its sixth year. Firmly establishing themselves as ardent supporters and ambassadors of the arts, Stendhal has been growing from strength to strength…
T in the Park 2016 | Review
Following the festival’s disastrous relocation to Strathallan Castle last year, the organisers of T in the Park were keen to reassure fans that this year’s event on the castle grounds would be different. However, by Friday morning, news had surfaced of two deaths and the theft of a cash machine from the main arena, so I was feeling apprehensive before I even arrived….
The Academic | Single Review
Indie pop four piece The Academic, who are based in Mullingar, have become one of Ireland’s most exciting new young bands. Honing their own infectious blend of indie pop and rock, the band have been building quite a reputation for their live performances. The band released their debut single ‘Different’ in early 2015 to a rapturous reception, while also receiving airplay by both Radio X and BBC Radio 1. Touring extensively throughout 2015, the band also supported Catfish and the Bottlemen,Kodaline and Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds, while also managing to sell out their own headline shows….
Bring Me the Horizon, Belsonic 2016 | Review
After eight years in Custom House Square, Belfast, this year’s Belsonic decided to take the plunge and move to the new and grand location of the Titanic Quarter. Boasting its biggest acts and most ambitious line-up to date along with …
Kaleo | Review
The release of their single ‘Pretty Girls’, inspired by the beautiful nature and mood of the beautiful summers of Iceland caught people’s attention. The song showcases singer Jökull Júlíusson, who has a delicate tenderness to his voice and is very reminiscent of Bon Iver throughout the track…
Home Gathering 2016 | Review
After the success of its first year, Home Gathering is set to return with one of Tyneside’s most celebrated bands, The Unthanks. As last year, the band will oversee and curate the festival across two of Newcastle’s most historic sites on Friday the 16th and Saturday the 17th of September. The Unthanks have long held ambitions of running their own festival one day, and after the triumph of their first Gathering last year, the festival has continued to grow and is set to be even bigger in 2016……
Rebekah Fitch | Single Review
Belfast based artist, Rebekah Fitch is due to release her eagerly anticipated debut single ‘Stroke of Genius’ at the end of this month. An up and coming singer-song writer, Rebekah has been performing since a young age and has already …
PORTS, Album Launch | Review
Releasing their highly anticipated album ‘The Devil is a Songbird’ on the 26th of May to momentous acclaim PORTS embarked on a small Irish tour, returning home to Derry on Saturday to celebrate their success. The charming setting of the Glassworks with its old and exquisite feel was the perfect location for such beautiful acts, sitting upstairs it was almost like sitting in the pews of a church with PORTS commanding the sermon and added a very spiritual element to the night….
One Man Town | Single Review
Having released his debut single ‘Cutthroat Desire’ on Monday the 23rd of May, Graham Maree who goes by the moniker ‘One Man Town’ introduces us to his signature styling of rockabilly blues with a modern twist. Hailing from Donegal, Ireland …
Imagine Dragons | Review
After releasing their 2012 critically acclaimed album ‘Night Visions’ which included their Grammy award winning song ‘Radioactive’ Imagine Dragons have had a phenomenal few years. Spending almost two years touring relentlessly and playing over 300 dates worldwide the band devoted …
Fightstar, Arcane Roots, Making Monsters | Review
Saturday 24th of October saw the splendid setting of Manchester’s Ritz play host to some of the most stirring and stimulating bands who are continuing on their rise through British music. The atmosphere surging through the Ritz is utterly incredible …
Bullet For My Valentine | Review
For almost a decade Welsh rockers Bullet for My Valentine have held prime position throughout the metal world having established themselves as one the biggest bands on the planet. Selling an astonishing 10 million albums over the course of their …
W.A.S.P | Review
With their remarkable career and capacity to create musical masterpieces W.A.S.P have always been one of the most instrumental and significant metal bands out there since the beginning of their career. Despite it being over six years since W.A.S.P. unleashed …
Stendhal Festival 2015 |Review
Aine Cronin-McCartney: With fresh mud still clinging to my wellie boots, bits of grass buried between all my clothes and a slight ringing in my ears it’s safe to say that Stendhal Festival of Art 2015 was a huge success. After …
Fleetwood Mac, Dublin | Review
There is a special atmosphere in and around Dublin on Saturday with an undeniable electricity flowing through the whole city. With The Script occupying Croke Park and Fleetwood Mac returning after their record sell out tour in 2013 it can …