Dublin five piece The Riot Tapes announce their return to Northern Ireland

The band will play Auntie Annie’s in Belfast on Thursday 2nd of February (support TBA) and Sandino’s Back Room in Derry on Friday 3rd of February with special guest Paul Casey.

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Formed in late 2009, The Riot Tapes are: Chris O’Brien, Elaine Doyle, Tim Clarke, Robert Crosbie and Graham Dunne.

The band released the single ‘Photograph’ in Ireland in April 2011 and it went straight in at number five on the Irish download charts. The Riot Tapes have since become a live favourite in Dublin, headlining and packing venues like Whelan’s, The Workman’s Club and The Grand Social.

This year The Riot Tapes went into the studio to begin work on their much anticipated debut studio album which is due for release early next year.

In October the band featured heavily on The Apprentice. ‘Photograph’ was also used for the advertising for the series on national television. The Riot Tapes even made an appearance during one of the episodes when the teams were given a task to find the best in Irish music – The Riot Tapes were even chosen by both teams!

During their previous visit to the North the band played a fabulous set at Sandino’s in Derry at which Bronagh Gallagher (singer and actress – Star Wars, Pulp Fiction, The Commitments, etc) made a surprise guest appearance.

The Riot Tapes returned to the Grand Social in December to play a special event called ‘Fighting Chance’. The gig was broadcast worldwide on the internet and was hosted by legendary broadcaster and music journalist Dave Fanning. The band were also invited to play as special guests to Ham Sandwich at their homecoming gig in Kells last month and then went on to be added as support at the Ham Sandwich New Year’s Eve Party in the Village.

‘Photograph’ has been receiving lots of radio air play nationwide since its release and the band are a must see live act.