The Guinness® ‘Our Thursdays’ National showcase took place last night, Thursday, 9th September in Lavery’s, Belfast. From an incredible 800 hopeful bands, four emerging Irish acts, “Maud in Cahoots”, “Reko”, “Dave Peyton” and “Empire Saints” put on performances that really showcased the richness of raw Irish talent in front of a packed audience.

To the delight of the crowd and the four bands who took part, Jonny Quinn made a surprise announcement and revealed that while it had been planned that only three bands would be selected to play alongside the amazing international talent in the studio venues in Cork, Galway and the St. James’s Gate Brewery on Arthur’s Day®, now all four bands will go on to play at the main Arthur’s Day celebrations on the 23rd September.

The four national showcase bands will perform alongside international artists as part of the Arthur’s Day line up in the following venues;

Band                          Venue

Maud in Cahoots         St James’s Gate Brewery, Dublin

Dave Peyton               Olympia Theatre, Dublin

Reko                           Savoy, Cork

Empire Saints             Folan Quay, Galway

Judges present on the night included some of the industry’s top experts including Jonny Quinn and Tom Simpson from Snow Patrol, Matt Cooke from MTV as well as Niall Stokes from Hot Press.

Speaking at the showcase, Jonny Quinn said, “There is no shortage of talent that’s for sure. It has been a great experience for all who have taken part and we are excited about performing alongside the winning band on the 23rdSeptember”.

Not only will the four bands get the opportunity to take part in this unforgettable experience, they will also receive studio time, a digital release from Universal and will find themselves splashed all over the cover of Hot Press magazine in a special feature.

Our Thursdays was a new dimension to the Arthur’s Day programme, which continues the philanthropic legacy of Arthur Guinness. Orla Flanagan, Brand Manager, Guinness said “When we set about developing the programme, we never thought we would get such a huge response with over 800 Irish bands taking part. We are delighted to add these four great acts to the Arthur’s Day line up. Excitement is really building now for Arthur’s Day and I’m looking forward to raising a glass to Arthur at 17.59 on the 23rd September.”

“Maud from  Maud in Cahoots, who were chosen to play alongside Snow Patrol were delighted with the news on the night, “This has been an incredible experience for us and we are so excited about getting the opportunity to perform on Arthur’s Day, alongside Snow Patrol whom we have admired for years. The day can’t come around quickly enough!”

Arthur’s Day is a strictly over 18s event.


MONDAY 13th SEPTEMBER 2010: In an ambitious move set to break new ground in nightlife experiences, the world’s leading vodka brand The Smirnoff Co. today unveils The Smirnoff Nightlife Exchange Project’.  Continuing on a mission to inspire and enable more one-of-a-kind experiences, this bold attempt will see 14 countries work with respected nightlife figures to discover and celebrate the best elements of their country’s nightlife. These ideas will be captured online, packed-up in a crate and transformed into exciting event experiences.  In an epic finale on 27th November, the world will swap nights, with each country exchanging the best of their nightlife with that of another.

The Smirnoff Co. believes in doing things differently: that when you overturn convention or simply change one of the ingredients of a night out, you can create something special, something extraordinary – a night you look back on and are proud to say “I was there”. Part of the “Be There” campaign, The Smirnoff Nightlife Exchange Project, the brand’s most audacious mission yet, sees 14 countries embarking on a cultural exchange. Hailing from six continents, the 14 countries taking part – USA, GB, Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, Germany, India, Ireland, Lebanon, Poland, South Africa, Thailand and Venezuela – represent the many vibrant sights, sounds and tastes of global nightlife culture today, and will each bring a unique and exciting flavour to the project.

Smirnoff Ireland Brand Manager Carol McHugh said, “Smirnoff Ireland is delighted to be part of this exciting initiative, showcasing the best of Irish nightlife to a global audience. The Smirnoff Nightlife Exchange Project is the most exciting example of creating a BE THERE moment yet”.

Having already rallied a global online community of over 2 million like-minded people, The Smirnoff Nightlife Exchange Project puts these fans and the general public at its very centre.  Via a dedicated hub on Facebook (, consumers are invited to make suggestions for what represents the best of nightlife.  This might be a specific type of music, a locally-conceived cocktail or a fashion trend unique to a particular part of the world.  Once the suggestions are in, it will be up to a local expert Curator in each country to decide what will represent the very best of each country’s nightlife in the exchange.

Siobhan O’Dowd is set to curate Ireland’s crate. Siobhan, originally from Belfast, is Director of Marketing at POD and former Entertainment officer at Trinity College Dublin.  Siobhan has worked with POD, a well known music venue and has been one of the driving forces behind the bespoke Electric Picnic Music and Arts Festival (, for the past nine years. Siobhan’s experience as part of the team behind the hugely successful Electric Picnic Festival is highly relevant to her role as Smirnoff curator.

The vital ingredients of each country’s nightlife will be revealed to the public on October 22nd. Each country will then pack-up its best nightlife into a crate for one of the other countries to experience on November 27th 2010.  The question is – which country will Ireland get?

Submit your ideas to help shape this unique global experience and find out how you can join the worldwide party on the 27th November by becoming a fan at And follow us on twitter using #SmirnoffXChangeirl for your updates – it’s set to be an event not to be missed.

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£10.00/ 7.30pm

Bingham talks and sings with a whisky-and-cigarette throat that screams hard living.  Hard in a away that can make a 29 year-old sound like a 50-year-old Tom Waits’ Texas Music Magazine

CDC Leisure welcomes American Academy Award-winning singer/songwriter Ryan Bingham’s return to play Belfast’s legendary live music venue The Limelight on November 19th.  Ryan Bingham will play alongside his band mates the Dead Horses.  Bingham’s first record ‘Wishbone Saloon’ was self released in 2005.  Bingham was then signed to Lost Highway Records, who issued his first major label debut with Mescalito on October 2, 2007, produced by former Black Crowes guitarist Marc Ford.  In 2009 Ryan Bingham and The Dead Horses released their second album titled ‘Roadhouse Sun’, the third album ‘Junky Star’ was released on August 31st of this year.  Ryan’s single ‘The Weary Kind’ was awarded Best Original Song at Golden Globe Awards 2010 and the 82nd Academy Awards.  Gleaning even more critical acclaim, Ryan Bingham and T Bone Burnett won a 2009 BFCA Critics’ Choice Award for Best Song ‘The Weary Kinds’ when it became the theme song for movie ‘Crazy Heart’

Ryan Bingham will be touring the UK in support of his new album, including Belfast’s Limelight on Friday 19th November 2010.  Tickets are on sale Friday 10th September priced£10.00 plus £1.25 booking fee and are available at and Katy Daly’s bar.

Check out Ryan Bingham ‘Bread & Water’

Venue:                          The Limelight

Date:                            Friday 19th November 2010

Ticket Price:                  £10.00 + £1.25 Booking Fee

Doors:                          7.30pm

Support:                       TBA


In person:                     From 22 Ticketmaster outlets province wide (Including Easons) / Katy Daly’s Bar
24hr hotlines:                Tel: (NI) 0844 277 44 55 (ROI) 0818 719 300
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Villagers to play Limelight 19th December.






£12.50/ 8pm

“Acoustic melancholy, done properly” NME

Fresh from Electric Picnic, Villagers have announced that they will play to The Limelight on Sunday 19th December.  Villagers are fronted by Conor O’Brien alongside Tommy McLaughlin, James Byrne, Danny Snow and Cormac Curran.  Since forming in 2008, Villagers have supported Bell X1, Neil Young and Tracy Chapman.  Their debut album ‘Becoming a Jackal’, released in May 2010, went straight to number one on both the Irish Albums Charts and the Irish Indie Albums Chart.  The same album has been shortlisted for the 2010 mercury prize. Their Open House Festival show has recently sold out.  Villagers will perform at The Limelight, Belfast on Sunday 19th December 2010.  Tickets are priced £12.50 and are available at and Katy Daly’s bar.

Venue:                 The Limelight

Date:                  Sunday 19th December 2010

Ticket Price:         £12.50 + £2 Booking Fee

Doors:                 8pm

Support:              TBA


In person:           From 22 Ticketmaster outlets province wide (Including Easons) / Katy Daly’s Bar

24hr hotlines:     Tel: (NI) 0844 277 44 55 (ROI) 0818 719 300

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Proms night for Ulster Orchestra at the Royal Albert Hall

Ulster Orchestra Principal Guest Conductor and violinist Beverley Scott outside the Royal Albert Hall in London, where the Orchestra performed as part of the BBC Proms on Sunday 5 September. The Ulster Orchestra was making its tenth Proms appearance, 25 years after first taking to the Royal Albert Hall stage in 1985. It played a programme of music closely associated with the founder-conductor of the Proms, Henry Wood, including pieces by Tchaikovsky, Sibelius and Rachmaninov.

The Ulster Orchestra travelled to London at the weekend to give a concert at the prestigious BBC Proms in the Royal Albert Hall. The Sunday evening concert (5 September), broadcast live on BBC Radio 3 and BBC Radio Ulster, celebrated the work of Sir Henry Wood, the Proms’ founder-conductor.

An enthusiastic and large audience greeted the Ulster Orchestra and its Principal Guest Conductor, Paul Watkins, on what was the Orchestra’s tenth appearance at the Proms and the 25th anniversary of its first performance there in 1985.

Pianist Steven Osborne was the soloist in Rachmaninov’s Piano Concerto No.1, providing a London taster for the Orchestra’s new Belfast season which opens with four outstanding solo pianists, each playing one of Rachmaninov’s four piano concertos over four consecutive Fridays from 17 September.

Also on the Proms concert programme were popular works by Sibelius and Tchaikovsky, along with rarities by Bax and Dorothy Howell – very much the sort of mix for which Sir Henry Wood was renowned.

Accompanying the Ulster Orchestra to London, its Chief Executive David Byers said: “The programme really played to the Orchestra’s strengths and Northern Ireland can be rightly proud of its Orchestra and the audience response said it all. It was wonderful to be in the Hall for such a great music-making evening.”

Talking about the Rachmaninov series, David Byers said that Russian virtuoso pianist Boris Berezovsky, who is renowned for his sensitivity and insight, opens the Orchestra’s new Belfast season with Rachmaninov’s Fourth Piano Concerto in the Belfast Waterfront on Friday 17 September. In the following weeks Steven Osborne plays Rachmaninov’s First Concerto once more, Barry Douglas the Second and Sergei Babayan the Third.

The Ulster Orchestra will also play at this year’s Proms on Saturday 11 September, when the Last Night of the Proms will feature the Orchestra at Proms in the Park, which this year comes from Hillsborough Castle in County Down.

Colin Murphy plays The Playhouse, Derry

The hilarious Colin Murphy is set for a performance at The Playhouse next Saturday 11th of September. As part of the Big Tickle programme, Belfast born Colin makes a welcome return to the town. Colin has played sell out shows throughout Ireland and at the biggest and best comedy festivals around the world including Edinburgh, Melbourne, Montreal, and of course Derry’s Big Tickle.

The last time I went to see Colin, he was performing in his band The 1234s. An unusual experience, Colin is actually a half decent guitarist. The 1234s play punky, good time rock n’ roll and the band provided a great night out in the Bound For Boston in July.

Back at his day job, Colin has been an almost permanent fixture on Irish television for the last decade. From a long list of credits his highlights have included the five years he was the writer and presenter of, the highly regarded and critically acclaimed, Blizzard of Odd followed by a six year stint on the hugely successful The Panel for RTE.

On the BBC he is back as a regular panellist on topical news show The Blame Game and his own Great Unanswered Questions, which airs on television, BBC Radio Ulster and BBC Radio 4.

If you’re in the Maiden City next weekend I can’t recommend this gig highly enough.

Tickets are priced at £15 and are available from The Playhouse box office.

TJ, Belfast Rocks

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National Trails Day set for Oct 3rd 2010.

Getting ready for National Trails Day 2010

With over 150 events planned for Sunday 3rd October, National Trails Day 2010 is set to be bigger than ever, celebrating the wonderful variety of trails available for everyone to enjoy in some of Ireland’s most beautiful countryside, forests, mountains and lakes. From hill walking to cycling, horse riding to canoeing, there will certainly be no shortage of events on offer throughout the country.

“National Trails Day is a great initiative encouraging people of all ages and abilities from across Northern Ireland to get out and active.” David Healy, Sunderland & Northern Ireland Footballer.

Now in its third year the cross-community National Trails Day has grown from strength to strength. In 2009 more than 10,000 people from across Ireland got out into the countryside and enjoyed trails in a variety of ways. Events for National Trails Day 2010, which will all be offered free of charge, include bat walks, fun cycles, family orienteering, horse riding, canoeing and nature trail walks to name just a few!

“National Trails Day is all about getting all sorts of people, no matter how mobile they are, out into the great outdoors to make use of our many off road trails. It’s a great opportunity to show just how easy it is to use these trails and of course how beneficial the outdoors can be to healthy living – who needs a gym when all this is on our doorstep.” Pamela Ballintine, local UTV television presenter.

This year the Countryside Access and Activities Network (CAAN) will be leading the organisation and marketing of National Trails Day in Northern Ireland and will be offering a fantastic range of exciting activities on trails throughout the country.

“Northern Ireland offers a wide range of unique trails both on land and water, everything from ‘have a go’ paddling sessions on the Strangford Lough Canoe Trail to venturing through the foothills of the Mourne Mountains along the Mourne Way. For the slightly less adventurous, National Trails Day is also offering events such as a family fun cycle through Gosford Forest Park and an autumn wildlife walk through the National Trust grounds of Crom Estate in County Fermanagh” explains Chris Armstrong from CAAN.

“The main aim of the day is to celebrate the trails we all have on offer and encourage people of all ages and backgrounds to get outdoors. However, National Trails Day is also about promoting the idea that we need to protect and maintain these trails and October 3rd will also hopefully raise awareness of the great work of the key agencies who strive to do this.”

Miss Northern Ireland supporting National Trails Day 2010

National Trails Day events in include the Lagan Canal Boat Rally and Towpath Walk, a woodland and lakeside walk through Hillsborough Forest and a cycle along the Newry Canal. There will also be a short ramble along a section of the Mourne Way from Rostrevor to Kilbroney Park. The Canoe Association of Northern Ireland (CANI), in partnership with Clearsky Adventure Centre, are running a canoeing taster session on Strangford Lough with the National Trust offering a ‘walk on the wild side’ through Murlough National Nature Reserve.

There will be an Archeology and Heritage trek up Divis and Black Mountain and an autumn meander around Minnowburn, on the outskirts of Belfast.

There will be a pleasure cycle through Ballypatrick Forest, a ramble through Riverside Park in Ballymoney, a nature walk through Lagan Valley and an autumn wood trail walk through Portglenone Forest. There will also be a ‘Leave No Trace’ walk along the Sallagh Braes in the Antrim Hills to name just a few.

All of these events will be offered free of charge.

“A day such as this is ideal for getting out with friends and family and doing something a bit different.” Denise Watson, BBC Newsline Sports Correspondent.

CAAN is organising National Trails Day with the support of financial partners Inland Waterways of the Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure, Northern Ireland Environment Agency, Waterways Ireland and Sport Northern Ireland. All events organised for National Trails Day 2010 will be listed on with full contact information of the organisers. For some of the events, places are limited so contact the relevant organisers ahead of the day so as not to be disappointed. If you feel like you would like to organise your own event for National Trails Day get in touch with CAAN on 028 90303930.


The Crowd pleasing Red Arrows Display Team will return to Portrush on Saturday.

UP, up and away for the 2010 NI International Airshow. The popular aeronautical event, held annually at West Bay, Portrush will grace the skies over the seaside resort this coming weekend featuring over twenty different aerial displays from current jets to historic and privately owned planes.

The free event, organised by Coleraine Borough Council, was given a welcome funding boost in 2010 by over thirty local businesses and multinational supermarket chain, Tesco. The necessary capital raised saved the show from being cancelled and has been put towards the delivery of another spectacular event that is set to attract up to a quarter of a million visitors to the area this weekend.

Mayor of Coleraine, Councillor Norman Hillis is looking forward to welcoming the pilots and visitors to his hometown of Portrush, he said; “The NI International Airshow is undoubtedly a major highlight in Northern Ireland’s yearly events calendar.   Annually attracting large crowds to Portrush, the Airshow makes a significant contribution to our local tourism and hospitality sectors and we are indebted to our local businesses and Tesco who pulled together to generously fund the show.

“Residents and visitors to the North Coast can enjoy a full and free programme on land, sea, and air. A particularly poignant element to the Airshow is the Remembrance parade and Poppy drop on Sunday afternoon. The parade on the beach will be followed by a short service and the release of 4 million Poppy petals over the crowds to remember and honour our service men and women, in particular those who lost their lives during the Battle of Britain seventy years ago.”

Aircraft from all over the UK fly in to display at the show. Closer to home is the Wild Geese Parachute Display team from Garvagh who have jumped at every airshow since 2002. 2010 will be their ninth consecutive year jumping into West Bay to support the event.

To entertain the young and young at heart there will be a full offering of ground attractions, including,  exhibitions, trade stalls, simulators, children’s entertainment and road shows.

Coleraine Borough Council would like to draw your attention to the following information: Both piers at the Harbour will be closed to spectators under instruction from the Civil Aviation Authority.  West Strand beach will remain closed until 7pm on each day. All aircraft appearances are subject to weather conditions and technical availability.

West Bay will be closed to all traffic. Please note that vehicle access to West Strand Road and West Strand Avenue is strictly for residents only. Free parking is available at Dunluce Centre, Landsdowne Crescent, East Strand and along the Coast Road to Portstewart..

Disabled parking is available at the Ballyreagh Golf Club car park for holders of valid ‘blue badges’. There will also be limited additional parking for blue badge holders at the Harbour quayside, the painted bays on Kerr Street, the harbour and around Portrush. Tune into Q97.2FM for traffic reports.

For more NI International Airshow details and full line up list, visit , visit the Facebook or Twitter sites or contact Coleraine Borough Council on 028 7034 7234.

Catch up with the latest news from CDC Leisure..

Breaking news from CDC Leisure today is that the Wombats are to play the Spring & Airbrake on 12th January.  The anticipation surrounding the return of The Wombats continues to escalate. Their upcoming single ‘Tokyo (Vampires & Wolves)’ received a glorious global premiere on Zane Lowe’s Radio 1 where it was named the Hottest Record In The World and was swiftly followed by the news that their October tour dates sold out almost immediately.

Tickets are priced £13 plus £2 booking fee and are available at The tour’s pre-sell commences on 9am on Wednesday, September 1st from before going on general sale from 9am this Friday, September 3rd.

More news from cdc leisure.

One of Northern Ireland’s longest-running and most popular midweek theme nights, Skool Disco at the Limelight, is set to close its doors for the final time on Thursday 9 September to make way for a new weekly club starting the following Thursday.

CDC regret to announce that due to radio commitments CHIEF will not be able to play their show in Belfast, ticket refunds will be refundable from the point of purchase

Stand back! Super-dextrous turntablist and AV master DJ Yoda is once again pushing the entertainment envelope by taking his newest show to the biggest screen in town. No stranger to breaking new ground and consistently raising the bar in DJ entertainment, DJ Yoda’s multifaceted AV live shows are renowned for being an audio visual spectacle.

Lostboy! AKA: Simple Minds’ Jim Kerr prepares for an extensive European tour including a stop at the Spring & Airbrake, on November 10th. James “Jim” Kerr is the founder and the voice of Simple Minds, one of the most influential British bands of the Post-Punk musical revolution in 1978. “Lostboy! Aka” is a solo album by Jim Kerr.

Bubble Gum Goes POP again!
Attention all you Princes of Pop and Disco Diva’s! Wednesday nights in Belfast’s legendary Spring & Airbrake will never be the same again as the normally live music venue is transformed into Bubblegum! A club aimed at those who want to get out and party to the purest sounds of POP and dare we say tunes with a slight hint of fromage.

California rockers Trash Talk wil Support Cancer Bats on their Irish dates. Trash Talk recently won Best International Newcomer at Kerrang Awards 2010. Playing three shows at three venues in one night, Sacramento punk powerhouse Trash Talk lived up to the short, fast and intense spirit that of their debut album” Rolling Stone

The Belfast born singer who has previously supported Paolo Nutini, General Fiasco and Fighting with Wire will be supporting Tommy Reilly in the Spring & Airbrake on 12th September.

Caitlin Rose releases her highly anticipated debut album Own Side Now in August 2010. Check out what the Guardian has to say. Review

Indie Chart toppers Darwin Deez have announced a Belfast date at the Limelight on Wednesday 10th November. Tickets are on sale this Wednesday.

Tim Robbins actor / musician plays the Limelight – Sept 27
Actor, director, screenwriter & musician Tim Robbins is set to embark on his first ever European tour including a date at The Limelight on September 27th. He will tour with The Rogue Gallery Band. Tim Robbins is best known for his roles played in The Shawshank Redemption, Mystic River and Bull Durham. He has won many awards for his work in film including an Oscar for directing Dead Man Walking as well as an Oscar and Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for Mystic River.

Guitarist /singer /songwriter Scott McKeon will support Glenn Hughes during his Belfast show in the Spring & Airbrake. Since picking up his first guitar at the age of four, Scott McKeon has devoted himself to the mastery of his craft and can now be considered to be one of the most gifted and naturally talented guitarists, singer/songwriters emerging on the UK blues rock scene. In 1998, Scott was the winner of Guitarist Magazine’s “Young Guitarist of the Year” and by the age of fourteen, he was already fronting his own band. He is already listed as one of the 27 best blues guitar players in the

‘From the minute that Tinpan takes the stage one is struck by the synergy of something so gentle yet powerful. The partnership of Jesse, Emily and Alex is a formidable knock out combination. They all know when to let it breathe or drive it home. The web they weave instantly catches you and you are happy to be their captive.’ – John Butler

Elliot Minor return to The Limelight – September 26th
Elliot Minor will return to The Limelight, Belfast on September 26th during their UK tour. This will be their third time playing to Belfast fans in The Limelight. Elliot Minor are a classically influenced rock band from York, England, previously called The Academ

Boyce Avenue will return to The Limelight – 22nd November
Boyce Avenu have previously played to Auntie Annies and Spring & Airbrake. Boyce Avenue, a Florida-based band popular for its strong acoustic roots and melodic rock sound, consists of the three brothers Alejandro, Fabian, and Daniel Manzano. They became a YouTube sensation after posting videos of their own songs and covers of their favourite song

Paul Gilbert brings ‘Fuzz Universe’, to lBelfast
Paul Gilbert will bring ‘Fuzz Universe’, his most recent album to life during his return to Spring & Airbrake on Sunday 7th November 2010. Paul will be accompanied on tour by bassist Craig Martini and drummer Jeff Bowders. As a special bonus Tony Spinner will be included in the band as guitarist and vocalist. Tony is known for his powerful mix of rock, blues and shred guitar as well as his stunning vocal abilities. Tony has toured with Paul on his solo tours of Japan in the 90’s. In addition to presenting his new songs for the first time live, Paul will be performing favourites from RACER X, M

‘As Day Follows Night’, Sarah’s third album was voted Album Of The Year by Triple J, Australia’s biggest national radio network and nominated for five ARIA’s. Award winning Sarah Blasko plays Auntie Annies Attic in December

Lisbee set to play Annies Attic.
BBC Radio 6 favourite Lisbee Stainton’s make her way to Belfast this October.

Deer Tick for Annies!
Deer Tick have announced a Belfast show in Auntie Annies. The Rhode Island band, influenced by the likes of Tom Petty and Sammy Davis Jr, consider themselves a rock n roll band. They already have three albums under their belt, with the latest release The Black Dirt Sessions, due for release in June 2010.

An Evening With Greg Dulli. 29-City Acoustic Tour Makes Stops In Five Countries and will showcase his solo material in Spring & Airbrake on Thursday 28th October 2010.

Bowling For Soup Tickets on Sale NOW
Pop Punk Texas outfit Bowing for Soup come to the Spring & Airbrake this October. Tickets are on sale now


The Wombats return to Belfast for a headline date at The Spring & Airbrake on Wednesday 12th January 2011. Tickets priced £13 are on sale this Friday at 9am.  The anticipation surrounding the return of The Wombats continues to escalate. Their upcoming single ‘Tokyo (Vampires & Wolves)’ received a glorious global premiere on Zane Lowe’s Radio 1 where it was named the Hottest Record In The World and was swiftly followed by the news that their October tour dates sold out almost immediately.

‘Tokyo (Vampires & Wolves)’ has also since been named as Zane Lowe’s Single of the Week.

The single introduces the band’s eagerly anticipated second studio album (title to be confirmed) which is set to launch their unique style to a wider audience when it’s released towards the end of the year.  Produced by Eric Valentine (Queens of the Stone Age, Lostprophets), ‘Tokyo (Vampires & Wolves)’ adds an array of new sounds to the band’s famously immediate songwriting.

Following the release of their debut album ‘The Wombats Proudly Present… A Guide To Love, Loss and Desperation’, the band’s ascendency continued unabated. The Wombats completed two huge sold-out UK tours which included triumphant shows at Brixton Academy, a unique one-off headline show at London’s Royal Albert Hall and a massive homecoming show at the 10,000 capacity Liverpool Echo Arena. They were nominated for Best UK Act at the MTV Europe Awards, and played a plethora of enormous festival appearances including OXEGEN and a co-headline set on the NME/Radio 1 stage at Reading and Leeds as well as storming sets at Glastonbury, T in the Park, Isle of Wight.

The Wombats will play live at Spring & Airbrake, Belfast on Wednesday 12th January  2011.  Tickets are priced £13 plus £2 booking fee and are available at The tour’s pre-sell commences on 9am on Wednesday, September 1st from before going on general sale from 9am on Friday, September 3rd.

The Wombats will play:
12th – Belfast, Spring & Airbrake
13th – Dublin, The Academy
15th – Edinburgh, HMV Picture House
16th – Dundee, Fat Sams Live
18th – Newcastle, O2 Academy
19th – Leeds, Metropolitan University
21st – Birmingham, HMV Institute
22nd – Manchester, Academy
23rd – Sheffield, Leadmill
24th – Norwich, UEA
25th – Cardiff, University Solus
27th – Bristol, O2 Academy
28th – London, HMV Hammersmith Apollo

Venue:                         Spring & Airbrake
Date:                           Wednesday 12th January 2011
Ticket Price:               £13 plus £2 Booking Fee
Doors:                         9pm
Support:                      To Be Confirmed
In person:                    From 22 Ticketmaster outlets province wide (Including Easons) / Katy Daly’s
24hr hotlines:               Tel: (NI) 0844 277 44 55 (ROI) 0818 719 300
Buy online: