15 Years on, Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival still partying like it’s 1999…
The Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival celebrates its landmark 15th anniversary in the customary style that audiences have come to expect over the years: with lots and lots of amazing, eclectic acts from the world of music, comedy, literature, spoken word and visual art. Big international stars nestle alongside up-and-coming brilliance and cult acts share a stage with household names in Belfast’s most beloved and fastest growing arts festival.
On the back of the release of his newest album Porcelain this week, Matt Cardle has announced a nineteen date tour in April 2014.
Newmarket Nights is a great idea for a fun trip out – an evening of horse racing followed by live music. When I saw The Kaiser Chiefs name crop up, I was drawn to the occasion. I’d seen them supporting Green Day at The Emirates a couple of months ago with my Kaiser mad cousin, and the fact is that lead singer Ricky Wilson is adorably crackers. As Yorkshire lasses we take clan pride in this nuttiness. It’s only a year since the People’s Republic of Yorkshire came tenth in the medal table at the Olympics. The fact is (puffed out chest) the Yorkies are good at stuff.
Paul Liddell has become something of an international act. He is currently playing gigs in Germany and Belgium and recently crossed the pond to play in the USA. By all accounts it's going very well. Hardly surprising, given his reputation as a superb live musician and his absolute artistic integrity. I've seen him perform live just once when he supported Matt Cardle in Birmingham. It isn't nearly enough.
When Matt Cardle wrote LOVING YOU, he intended to record it solo. That was before he ran into Melanie Chisholm at this year's Isle of Wight Festival and was struck by the notion that it could be tweaked to make a great duet. Melanie (Mel C. of Spice Girls fame) has duetted successfully before, most notably with Bryan Adams on their 1998 hit When You're Gone. She has a voice that lends itself to harmonies and the collaboration with Matt works extremely well.
Almost 30 years since their last show in Belfast, The Boomtown Rats – Bob Geldof on vocals, Pete Briquette on bass, Simon Crowe on drums and Garry Roberts on guitar – have confirmed a return to the city to play the Ulster Hall on Friday 18 October. Tickets go on sale Friday 21 June at 9.00am.
Parkwood Entertainment today announced that The Mrs. Carter Show World Tour starring Beyoncé kicks off in Europe on April 15, 2013. With stops in twenty European cities, including Dublin, Ireland; Berlin, Germany; Paris, France and a four-night stint at The 02 in London, UK, this is Beyoncé’s first multi-city tour in over three years.
I went to see Jason Mraz last month at the O2 Arena when his world tour, whimsically named Tour is a Four Letter Word, hit the UK for its final night. The tour is to support his latest album, Love is a Four Letter Word, which has spawned various other "is a four letter word" themes, including a bonus album, Live is..... and then there's the tree planting scheme, Tree is.... well, you get the idea.
He may be 63 but Lionel Richie was not lacking in energy when he performed in Belfast's Odyssey Arena this week.
The concert had previously been cancelled and rescheduled due to health issues so our expectations had dropped a little when we travelled down to see the US star sing, but the crooner was all fired up and brought out the big guns for the latest leg of his his Tuskegee tour.