TGP Guide to Belfast

Ahead of this year’s AVA Festival & Conference, we caught up with some of our fave Belfast residents to find out where to dip our beaks around the town.    Eat Belfast’s foodie scene – and that of Northern Ireland in general – has come on leaps and bounds, and our panel were not short on…

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Shooting Sounds

Words By Jill Woodnutt While a musician’s songs are our primary gateway into their world, it’s often an image that captures their essence and imprints it on our minds for years to come.  As a country steeped in both musical and artistic history, it should come as no surprise that Ireland has produced a host…

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The Exchange: B+ x Eddie Otchere

Illustration by James Neilson The photographers had two phone conversations over two weeks. They spoke about finding their styles while shooting hip hop legends, crossing over jobs with Mos Def and capturing the moment a love heart cloud appeared over J Dilla’s grave. B+ (aka Brian Cross) is one of Limerick’s greatest exports. Since 1990,…

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The Exchange: ELLLL x Sunil Sharpe

Artwork by Mel Keane Sunil Sharpe cut his teeth in Dublin’s techno scene before moving on to regular gigs in the likes of Berghain, Fabric and Concrete. He regularly releases his own tracks and others’ on his imprints Earwiggle, Tinfoil and On the Hoof. ELLLL is a producer, DJ and musician from Cork and a…

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The Art of the Sample

By Paddy O’Mahoney    Illustration by Noel Feeney  We pay homage to the craftsmen propping up the backbone of hip hop. Any hip hop fan worth their salt has a top 5 ready to go at all times. That is, a constantly tinkered with, passionately argued about personal list of the five best MCs that…

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Behind the Decks: Irish Women in Electronic Music

By Emily Carson  Photography by Killian Broderick The electronic music scene in Ireland is seeing a slow but steady progression of female artists, DJs and promoters joining the ranks of their male counterparts. We met some of the women helping to pave the way. In Dublin, International Women’s Day 2016 saw the launch of Women of Notes/Mná…

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AVA, Belfast and a Shining Scene

Words by Emily Carson Northern Ireland’s electronic music scene is in rude health and as AVA Festival and Conference comes back for a third year, never has this been more apparent. At Belfast’s T13, barbed wire fences, shipping containers and giant cranes soar into the white sky, forming a backdrop to several hundred people who…

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