HMV In-store gigs to promote Glasgowbury 2010

HMV In-store gigs to promote Glasgowbury 2010

This week, Glasgowbury will make history as the first festival to ever promote itself through HMV in-store gigs.

LaFaro and Wonder Villains will help Glasgowbury become the first ever festival to launch themselves through HMV, with gigs in Belfast and Derry this weekend.

The mighty LaFaro will play HMV Belfast (Donegall Arcade) on Friday 18th June from 1pm while Derry wunderkids The Wonder Villains will play HMV Derry (Richmond Centre) on Saturday 19th June from 2pm.

Radio One pledge support to Glasgowbury

Rory McConnell and his BBC Radio One Introducing NI team will return to Glasgowbury this year in association with the Small But Massive Main Stage.

After the success of last year’s involvement when Rory and his Radio One team recorded the entire main stage programme, their return comes at a time when the chosen acts will help Glasgowbury celebrate 10 years at the heart of new music.

Radio One’s commitment has helped Glasgowbury and its unsigned acts become more recognised on an international scale, promoting the best in new and emerging music.

“Since the show became part of the BBC Introducing strand our focus changed completely to exclusively N.Irish and Irish unsigned and under the radar artists, getting involved with Glasgowbury just made so much sense.

“As before where priorities with festival organisers might not always be about the music, it was refreshing to get involved with a group of people who had one thing on their mind: showcasing the amazing music made on this island and celebrating it in front of as many people as possible.”

Fighting With Wire will headline the Small But Massive stage after ten years of festival involvement, propelling both themselves and the event into a new era.

“It’s a big year ahead for Fighting With Wire. There’s a lot of people calling on them to stand up and be considered a world class act where they’ll be expected to regularly stand on stages the size of the Glasgowbury main stage.

“So the night of the 24th will reassure those people, and also be a very proud moment for Paddy and myself who have known Cahir from the beginning.”

Looking ahead to this year’s event, Rory is keen that this year’s acts use the platform wisely.

“I see last year as the showcase of N.Irish and Irish talent to the world, and this year now we’ve got peoples attention it’ll be important to make the most of it.

“People know there’s an amazing scene here now, so Glasgowbury 2010 is a chance for bands to act upon it and make the most of peoples ear while we’ve got it. If you’re a band lucky enough to play the festival in 2010 then invite as many people as you possibly can that are in a position to help your career, over to see you.

“Paddy should be inundated by all the bands playing asking for guestlist for all the industry folk coming to see you. Glasgowbury’s your stage, use it wisely.

“I think the way things are going this could be the last Glasgowbury as we know it, so the festival itself could be one to keep an eye on.

“It’s like a bubbling pot that’s about to boil over, I don’t think it’ll be able to stay contained much longer.”

Open House Festival Belfast announces Modest Mouse, Iron & Wine, White Lies & Villagers

Samuel Beam, Iron and Wine

Modest Mouse, Iron & Wine, White Lies and Villagers all added to Open House Festival line-up

Indie giants Modest Mouse, gothic-Americana act Iron & Wine, conquering London guitar trio The White Lies and the single most exciting irish act of the last few years, Villagers, have all been added to this year’s 12th Open House Festival in Belfast, 7th – 12th September.

The Festival has also announced that Coors Light will be title sponsor for a third year.

Open House, the “not in a muddy field festival”, takes place in venues throughout the arts and cultural flavoured Cathedral Quarter in Belfast’s city centre, including a large marquee in Custom House Square. It’s already shaping up to be quite a line-up with Wilco, Seasick Steve, Old Crow Medicine Show, The Felice Brothers, Dave Rawlings Machine, The Low Anthem, Field Music and Lissie, all previously announced.

Open House also features Chillifest – a fiery food & music phenomenon within Open House festival – featuring funky festival sideshows and Ireland’s only hot chilli pepper eating contest. Hayseed Dixie have just been confirmed as the ChilliFest headliners for the afternoon of Sunday 12th Sep. All chilli heads are hereby given fit and proper notice.

More festival acts are still to be announced, including a full programme of Irish traditional gigs and pub sessions. For the most up-to-date line-up, further festival information and ticket details simply visit:

Any questions, please get in touch

Weekly Movie News

Welcome to the weekly Movie House Cinema’s update.

This week’s movie releases are : source Movie House Cinemas.

Brooklyn’s Finest

From the makers of Training Day comes Brooklyn’s Finest, a slick urban drama set in the morally ambiguous world of the New York police force. When NYPD’s Operation Clean Up targets the notoriously drug-ridden BK housing project, three officers find themselves swept away by the violence and corruption of Brooklyn’s gritty 65th Precinct and its most treacherous criminals.

Running Time: 140 mins
DIRECTOR: Antoine Fuqua

KEY CAST: Richard Gere, Don Cheadle, Ethan Hawke, Wesley Snipes, Jesse Williams

Letters To Juliet

When a young American travels to the city of Verona, the setting for Romeo and Juliet, she joins a group of volunteers who respond to letters to Juliet seeking advice about love. When she answers one letter dated 1957, she inspires its author to travel to Italy in search of her long-lost love and sets off a chain of events that will bring a love into both their lives, unlike anything they ever imagined.

Running Time: 105 mins

DIRECTOR: Gary Wininck

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Advance booking now available for the latest installment of the Twilight Saga – Eclipse. Click HERE to book now.

Bella once again finds herself surrounded by danger as Seattle is ravaged by a string of mysterious killings.  She is forced to choose between Edward and Jacob knowing that her decision has the potential to ignite the struggle between vampire and werewolf. With her graduation quickly approaching, Bella is confronted with the most important decision of her life.

DIRECTOR: David Slade

KEY CAST: Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson, Taylor Lautner, Billy Burke, Ashley Greene.

Click HERE to download this week’s full Movie House Flyer.

Watch out every Thursday for our weekly updates in association with Movie House Cinemas.

Glengormley Uptown Hoedown

IT’S time to dust off the stetson and pull on your cowboy boots for Newtownabbey’s first ever Uptown Hoedown, the borough’s Country & Western Festival, which takes place in Glengormley from June 10 to 12.

10 June
1pm – 4pm Senior Shindig
Food tasting & Line Dancing (Barron Hall)
Come and get a free Country & Western style lunch and then let your hair down at our line dancing shindig.

11 June

7pm – 9pm Hotdog Hoedown (Barron Hall)
Grab a free hotdog and then strut your stuff at our teen disco & barndance

10-12 June

Uptown Hoedown Treasure Trail
Molly Tenshoes has arrived in town for the annual country and western dance night. Unfortunately all her equipment and clothes have been lost. Locals have found the items and placed them in the shop windows in Glengormley for you to discover. Download the Glengormley Trail To complete the Trail identify the name of the lost items, reveal the
code to locate Molly’s bag, complete the entry form and drop them off in the marquee in Glengormley Park on the 12th June. Winning forms will be drawn at 5pm. Deadline for completed forms is 4:30pm.


Due to high demand, A Park & Ride has been arranged between Northcott Shopping Centre & Glengormley Park between 12noon & 4pm (minimum time). Please follow signs along Ballyclare Road, Glengormley for directions. There will be NO parking available at Glengormley Park – Carnmoney Rd & Ballyclare Rd entrances. Apologies for any inconvenience.

12 June, Glengormley Park

12noon – 2pm Citybeat Search for a Star – Country Heat

12noon – 6pm Family Funzone & Arts & Crafts workshops

12noon – 6pm Craft Fair

12noon – 6pm Ulster Model Airplane Club display

12noon – 6pm Classic Car Display

12noon – 9pm American style foodstalls

1pm – 5pm Linedancing workshops

3pm – 6pm Drumming workshops

Concerts – 12 June, Glengormley Park

3pm – 6pm Gary Gamble Country Jamboree

with Fiddler Adam, Curtis Magee and

Kim Dickinson

7pm Louisiana Joyride

8pm JP Mac “Johnny Cash Tribute Band”

Belfast’s maritime heritage celebrated

Belfast’s close links with the sea are once again being celebrated next month, when the city hosts the fifth annual Belfast Titanic Maritime Festival.

The quaysides on both sides of the River Lagan will come alive from 4-6 June, with a weekend of maritime-themed family fun, food and frolics.

There will be a wealth of live music, maritime-themed street theatre, children’s activities and workshops, international markets and a variety of tours exploring Belfast’s rich seafaring history.

The River Lagan will host races, displays and showcases from the likes of the high speed Zapcats, the historic Galway Hookers, a university boat race and local sail trainers, Ocean Youth Trust Ireland.

One other prominent feature on the Queens Quayside will be the ‘Jacinta’, a fishing trawler converted to a floating museum.  The fishing theme continues on Queens Quay, with a gastronomic celebration of all things seafood related to tantalise the tastebuds including cookery demos and a variety of interactive, traditional arts and crafts.

The Class A sailing vessels ‘Phoenix’ and ‘Thalassa’ also will be berthed in the city and open to visitors over the weekend.

There will be a free shuttlebus service throughout the three days, linking activities on both sides of the river and the city centre.

For full details of all the weekend’s activities, log on to or call the Belfast Welcome Centre on +44 (0)20 9024 6609.


Arthur's Day is back 23rd September!



Today, Thursday 3rd June: After much public anticipation, today GUINNESS® & CO confirmed that Arthur’s Day is back this year with events taking place in Dublin, Cork and Galway as well as other festivities happening throughout the country on Thursday, 23rd September.

Arthur’s Day honours the remarkable legacy of Arthur Guinness, the pioneering brewer and philanthropist who signed the 9,000 year lease on the St. James’s Gate Brewery in 1759 and introduced GUINNESS to the world.

Last year’s Arthur’s Day celebrations captured the imagination of the entire nation with thousands of people across Northern Ireland joining artists and celebrities to celebrate the peak of the Guinness 250th Celebrations at St James’s Gate Brewery and in pubs and music venues in Dublin and around the world. Thousands more signed an online petition to make Arthur’s Day a public holiday, while others organised their own celebrations in pubs all over the country.

The worldwide celebration will begin at 17:59 (GMT) in Ireland, when Arthur’s Day will once again see the nation witness some of the world’s most established music artists play in great pubs and venues, while raising a glass to Arthur Guinness and his lasting legacy. GUINNESS fans around the world will join in on the celebrations at 17.59 local time in the Caribbean, Africa, USA, Asia and throughout Europe.

This year’s celebrations will see one-off performances in unique locations from some of the worlds most established recording artists, including home grown global phenomenon Snow Patrol, multi-platinum artist Paolo Nutini, the internationally acclaimed José González, crowd favourites The Magic Numbers and Sharon Shannon and some of the best emerging stars of today including The View, Jay Sean, The Hoosiers, Slow Club, The Maccabees, and We Have Band. Over the summer months there will be over 40 more amazing acts announced.

Multi-platinum artist Paolo Nutini pictured with (front from left) Gary Lightbody, Nathan Connolly and Jonny Quinn of home grown global phenomenon Snow Patrol pictured in Bruxelle’s Bar Dublin at the announcement by Guinness and Co that Arthur’s Day 2010 is back on Thursday, September 23rd.

Not content with Arthur’s Day expanding to other Irish cities, GUINNESS & CO is also looking for 100 up and coming Irish acts to be part of the Arthur’s Day line up on 23rd September.

Every Thursday from mid July through to early August, GUINNESS & CO. will be running music events, called ‘Our Thursdays’, in pubs across the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland, giving emerging Irish music acts the opportunity to showcase their talents.

From the 100 emerging acts, three will be chosen to play in Galway, Cork and in Hopstore 13 at St James’s Gate Brewery on Arthur’s Day alongside amazing international artists including Snow Patrol.  Bands that want to be part of ‘Our Thursdays’ should log onto

Speaking at the launch of Arthur’s Day 2010, Tanya Clarke, Head of Guinness Marketing, said, “Arthur’s Day was designed to recognise a remarkable man with a remarkable legacy but we never imagined that so many people would embrace it in the way they did. From Donegal to Kerry, people made a huge effort to mark the day in their own special way.”

Clarke continued, “Arthur’s Day is a celebration with substance. One million people helped to create the Arthur Guinness Fund in Ireland, which has already assigned one million euros to support social entrepreneurs who are helping to drive sustainable social impact around the country. A further €1.5 million will be used to support future Irish social entrepreneurs in the coming years. We are delighted to announce details of Arthur’s Day 2010, which includes exciting organised music events all over the country this year and I look forward to raising a glass to the man himself on the day.”

People will get the opportunity to see some of the music industry’s biggest names play together in studio venues in Dublin, Galway and Cork, while those people attending the 29 pub venues across the three cities will have the unique experience of seeing surprise performances from international artists in the intimate surroundings of a traditional pub.

Proceeds from all Arthur’s Day ticket sales will be donated to the Arthur Guinness Fund and ticket information will be announced in mid July.

Arthur’s Day celebrations are strictly over 18’s events.

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Line Up for Glasgowbury Complete!

The line-up for Glasgowbury 2010 is now complete and the Glasgowbury Music Group have just announced that General Fiasco and Adebisi Shank are the last two confirmed acts.

They join headliners Fighting With Wire as well as LaFaro, Fight Like Apes, Duke Special and over 50 more.

You can view the full line-up here:


Tickets for this year’s festival are on sale now from HMV stores right across Ireland as well as online, here:

After the sell out success of last year’s event, we advise you to get your hands on some tickets soon to avoid disappointment!

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