As part of a new series of weekly articles, we are introducing ‘The Weekly Breakdown’ – letting you know what’s happening in Belfast, well, this week! This article series features our editor’s picks of local and international shows (as well as hot tickets to stick in the safe space for later!). Make sure to check out the latest issue of Treason for a full guide to this month’s listings.

The latest issue of Treason is available here:

Blackstaff Announcements:

A heads-up for all our followers – Blackstaff Music Belfast will announce their next show THIS FRIDAY (27th October) featuring a rowdy 4-band bill in a city-centre basement. One not to miss for November!

Local Shows:

Spectrum Fest – 26th Oct 2017

Spectrum Festival – The Belfast Empire [26/10/17]

Spectrum Festival returns to the Belfast Empire this Thursday with a huge local bill featuring the return of alt-rock heroes A Plastic Rose, Brand New Friend, Jealous of the Birds, Scenery, Search Party, Hello Casonova, Surf Green and a guest unplugged set!
Make sure to buy your ticket in advance to take advantage of their early-bird deal of £10 [otherwise, it’s £12 on the door]!

Here’s a recent article we published on the latest video from APR:

Speaking with Chris Lowry back in August, he reflected on Spectrum Festival:

In 2012/2013 I decided to start Spectrum Festival. It was after being at Social Sounds with said friend I mentioned earlier, Ryan McMullan introduced me to Micheal Douglas, my Spectrum partner in crime and designer. It was a bold statement of intent and has now been going every year since. It was very tough at the start. The name ‘Spectrum’ showed the idea of gigs as an indoor festival of many genres. Venues weren’t helpful at all to a newcomer and it seemed very hard to start in this industry. It seemed I’d bitten off more than I could chew.

I persevered however and first Spectrum ran in April 2013 at the Black Box. What a night it turned out to be as our first gig. From then we have never looked back.

We have had over 30 bands / artists, over 4 years, over four different venues. Some of my personal highlights have included A Plastic Rose (2014), Mojo Fury 2014/16) and Emerald Armada (2015).

[This week we manage the] fifth ‘Spectrum’. This year the bands performing will be all headliners in my opinion and the line-up was a collaboration of picks from local blogs and promoters. We hope this eclectic mix will appeal across the board and we hope you can join us.

BGO Presents: Hit The B Button / NEWT / Nolan / Zeal – The Pavilion, Belfast [27/10/17]

BGO Productions are back for their monthly live music showcase at The Pavilion, Belfast! This month’s event will feature rockers Hit The B Button, NEWT, Nolan [of Mosmo Strange] and Zeal. £5 at the door/ 9pm.

Read about BGO in Public Address below:


Overoth *Album Launch* – w/ Scimitar, Shadows Far & Drakonis – Voodoo Belfast [27/10/17]

Following the release of their second album’ The Forgotten Tome’  – Overoth embark on an Irish tour to celebrate the release. They will be performing the album in its entirety this Friday at Voodoo, Belfast. Support comes from Scimitar, Shadows Far and Drakonis. £6 at the door/ 9pm

Bailer – This Saturday.

Bailer, Death Of A Salesman, No Great Loss – Voodoo, Belfast [28/10/17]

Afternoon riffage comes in the form of Cork bruisers Bailer who play their first ever Belfast show with Shizznigh Promotions at Voodoo this Saturday. They are joined by the literature fanatics Death of a Salesman and beatdown crew No Great Loss. £6 at the door/ 6:30pm

Monster Mash Halloween Ball – Black Box [28/10/17]

Time To Be Proud records return to the Black Box on Saturday night for their annual Halloween Ball. This year, the record label will host Stop Stop Start Again, The Groundlings, Thee Dirt Byrds and No Matter with a DJ spinning some wax. This show has a late licence, it’s £5 on the door and the event kicks off at 8:30pm.

International Shows:


Donny McCaslin Group – David Bowie’s Last Band – Limelight 2 [25/10/17]

The grammy nominated jazz band who performed on the late legend David Bowie’s last album, Blackstar, will be performing in the Limelight Belfast this Wednesday as part of the Belfast International Arts Festival. In this concert, they play music from Beyond Now, a highly anticipated album dedicated to David Bowie. The project is deeply influenced by their extraordinary experience collaborating with one of the greatest artists of all-time on his final album.

Hotter Than Hell & Gallus Cooper – Limelight 1 [27/10/17]

“YOU WANTED THE BEST, YOU GOT THE BEST” – James Loveday and the Distortion Project bring you the finest of Kiss tributes, Hotter Than Hell, to the Limelight this Friday with special guest Gallus Cooper. This will be the absolute craic so get down early to avoid disappointment.

Picture This – SSE Arena, Belfast [27/10/17]

Following the huge success of their recent sold-out tour and debut album, Aiken Promotions host Picture This at The SSE Arena this Friday with support from The Coronas and Catherine McGrath. Tickets are extremely limited for this event due to demand.

Orange Goblin & Zlatanera – Limelight 2 [28/10/17]

Did we mention riffs? I thought we did. For all you riff loving hallions – heavy metallers Orange Goblin will be tearing the Limelight 2 a new one with local support from hygiene conscious demonic riff-farmers Zlatanera this Saturday. The band will also be making appearances in Dublin and at the Seige of Limerick festival this month.

Fozzy & Hardcore Superstar & Guests – Limelight 2 [29/10/17]

DME Promotions and The Distortion Project continue their aural bombardment with a tag-team featuring Chris Jericho’s Fozzy, currently touring the new album ‘Judas’, and Hardcore Superstar. They are joined by guests Madame Mayhem and The Last Band.

Hot Tickets:


Brian Fallon & The Howling Weather

Gaslight Anthem frontman Brian Fallon announced his return to Belfast with The Howling Weather for March 2018. Tickets go on sale this Friday at 10am from the standard outlets.

Steel Panther – Lower The Bar Tour!

All the way from Los Angeles, the glorious Steel Panther make their way to Belfast for the first time to gift us with their huge on-stage presence, big hair, slick moves, David Lee Roth-esque thrust kicks, fast solos and hernias from laughing. Tickets go on sale this Friday at 10am from the standard outlets.

One of our guest reviewers, Eroge, supplied us with a write-up from their recent show in Las Vegas:

“Just in case you’re not up to speed, Steel Panther have been around in one form or another since the early 2000’s, and their extremely effective hyped up to the max star spangled lewd crude & rude parody of the much-maligned  Glam / Hair metal scene bands that once ruled the Sunset Strip in the 1980s (personally speaking, I actually still quite like it) is really something to see & hear.

This strictly non-PC 18+ live tongue firmly n’cheek (and other places, ooh err! missus) exaggerated flash bang & wallop piss take is a scream, and these guys can really play, make no mistake they’re top notch all round performers.

The band members are all naturally funny and spend most of the show good-naturedly joking with & slagging off each other, just as much as they do with their vocal and very willing to participate fan club, which makes for a great anything goes atmosphere.

The fact that Steel Panther write tunes that any rock band would be proud off, then they add radio unfriendly lyrics that are so X- rated they’ll never get played on the wireless un-censored, shows their resolute commitment to their cause.

(Check out the anthems Community Property & Death To All But Metal).

So if you have a penchant for big hair (wigs), dayglo spandex, relentless posing, sleazy singalong tunes, star guests, constant smutty stage banter with no hint of embarrassment, real onstage wedding proposals, guitar solo shredding challenges (with fans), topless women (& men) – then this is definitely the show for you.

Steel Panther, such a brilliant subterfuge. Only in America.”

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