Book of the week – The new poverty

The new poverty Stephen armstrong Verso books Being verso this isn’t really a story but a statement of facts. Some up facts which are just a magnified version of our own inequality. In 2015 1 and a 1/4 million people were facing destitution. This mean that over 300,000 people faved two or more the following … Continue reading Book of the week – The new poverty

Book of the week – A Ton Of Malice

A Ton of Malice The half life of an Irish punk in London Barry McKinley Old street publishing. Any book that mentions the radiators from space in its opening score of pages is bound to draw me in. I got drawn even further as songs get a mention. They were cursory mentions however as it … Continue reading Book of the week – A Ton Of Malice

Book of the week – Punk Rock Entrepreneur

Punk rock entrepreneur Running a business without losing your values Caroline Moore Microcosm Business and punk rock are strange bedfellows. They are not and really can’t be anathema to each other but the do it yourself philosophy of punk rock and the will of so many of its participants to break down a capitalist system … Continue reading Book of the week – Punk Rock Entrepreneur

We Shall Overcome 2018 teams up with Mayfest

May 8 2018 Liberty Hall Is music a vehicle for change? So the Hope Collective are back with our involvement in MayFest. We've doubled up this year and our event asks "is music as a vehicle for change" and we have are working with We Shall Overcome. We are bringing Joe Solo over from the … Continue reading We Shall Overcome 2018 teams up with Mayfest

Cheap Whine anyone?

Cheap whine Cheap whine Drunken sailor 74 The mid to late 70s must have been such an exciting time for people growing up with an interest in music. Suddenly they could play in a band, all they needed was access to an instrument or a microphone if they felt brash enough. Cheap whine could have … Continue reading Cheap Whine anyone?

Thursday Tunes – Wonk Unit

Punk never wants to know that punk could be redefined and still stay punk, the genre has held its own from its origin and anything that's not punk, well it just isnt punk, until now... Enter Wonk Unit, a 21st Century punk band that brings the present into the stone set genre we all know … Continue reading Thursday Tunes – Wonk Unit

This weeks gigs Jan 8 – Jan 14

This weeks gigs It's still a bit of the post Christmas lull but amongst the quiet there are a couple of gems. Bleeding Heart Piegoens are playing with Pillow Queens in the Workmans Club as part of the First Fortnightfestival. The following night there is the moshuary festival with Belfast slamlords No Approval. Saturday the … Continue reading This weeks gigs Jan 8 – Jan 14

Dublin First Fortnight Festival

First Fortnight returns for 2018 https://youtu.be/IBlWbUhllbc First Fortnight is a charity that challenges mental health prejudice through arts and cultural action. Its AIMS & OBJECTIVES are to Make the First Fortnight of each year synonymous with mental health awareness, challenging prejudice and ending stigma. They do this by Creating a consistent space in the cultural … Continue reading Dublin First Fortnight Festival

This weeks gigs – December 4 – 10

https://youtu.be/aTnIHDFNzGk This weeks gigs - November 4 - 10 There will be some amount of noise around Wexford Street as Portland Black metal exponents Wolves In The Throne Room who have us a selection of tunes last week bring their sound of a landscape to Dublin. Eclectic American indie rocker Karl Blau will bring the intensity … Continue reading This weeks gigs – December 4 – 10

Derry’s Lost Avenue heading on tour

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G8mSHVjA8OM Little Rocket Records announce a new single by Lost Avenue and UK Tour Dates! Lost Avenue are a three piece, Alternative Punk band from Derry, Northern Ireland, a powerhouse of an outfit, with distinctive vocals, throwing out such memorable hooks. The band have recently become part of the Little Rocket Cosmonauts Punk Squad and release … Continue reading Derry’s Lost Avenue heading on tour