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The Sound House Expands Virtual Venue Initiative

Established in 2017, the Sound House quickly became a popular venue for live music events, late night clubbing, comedy, and film, hosting the best of local and international talent. 

The venue was shut down by the COVID pandemic, but in late 2020, they began live streaming shows with help from Live Performance Support Scheme with the Department of Culture & Arts and the Live Venue Collective. Due to the success of these live streams, the Sound House has decided to expand their virtual venue initiative. They plan to have up to five shows a week, continuing to host the best of local talent to become Ireland’s premium live streaming venue. 

To help facilitate this the venue has assembled a team of dedicated experts to execute and deliver a superior live stream experience. Starting with their in-house booker Colm Slattery of Fluttertone. Colm has over 15 years experience in the music industry in Ireland, live events and sound. They also brought in FEND Media to run all the video production. FEND owner Neil Doughty is a video production and live streaming expert and has worked tirelessly through the entire pandemic to support artists and to keep the heart of live music pumping. The Sound House’s online streaming platform is the secret sauce that helps bring it all together. The venue’s digital development strategy has been led by Dean White, Director of Kraft Agency Limited. 

High Production Quality

The Sound House has invested in brand new enhanced lighting production as well as state of the art cameras to help bring live shows fully to life. These aren’t your typical living room live streams, as the Sound House shows have an incredible high production quality capability, complete with skilled technicians to run them, making sure that each gig showcases the artist in the best possible way. 

The Sound House has also revamped their website into a user-friendly ticketing platform. When fans buy tickets to live streamed shows, they get sent a link, and the show can be streamed on any device on the Sound House’s very own Live Streaming Web App. 

The Sound House Live Streams are also fully COVID compliant, and management is taking all precautions to ensure the health and safety of staff and performers. 

This new platform will give more artists the chance to perform in a professional setting, and broadcast the show to a global audience, and get paid in the process. Live streaming is absolutely crucial to supporting artists and musicians through the pandemic, which has devastated not only live music performers but venues as well. The Sound House hopes that expanding their virtual venue initiative will bring much needed support to the amazing talent Ireland has to offer, as well as one of Dublin’s favourite live music venues!

The first night of this new initiative will launch on April 3rd with rising Dublin indie-rock band InBetween Honey. Tickets can be purchased at TheSoundHouse.ie

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James Arthur Announces Headline Belfast Show

James Arthur today delights fans by announcing tours of both UK & Ireland and North America in 2022.

The tour includes dates at Ulster Hall on 28th March and Olympia Theatre on 29th March.

Today’s announcement lands on a special day –  the fifth anniversary of the release of James’s global smash hit ‘Say You Won’t Let Go’.

James  will be performing songs from his upcoming new album ‘It’ll All Make Sense In The End’ alongside his classic hit singles and fan favourites.

James says: “I’m beyond happy about getting back on the road and seeing everyone again. Playing shows for my fans gives me life and that’s been taken away for the best part of two years so needless to say I’m itching to get back out there and perform for them again. Coming to a stage near you soon!

James has sold over 30 million records worldwide and has to date released three hugely successful albums ‘James Arthur’ (UK No.2), ‘Back From The Edge’ (UK No.1) and ‘YOU’ (UK No.2), alongside nine solo UK Top 40 singles. He has had two No.1 smash hits and was awarded a disc for reaching a billion streams on Spotify with ‘Say You Won’t Let Go’, the No.1 global hit that brought the singer-songwriter from Middlesbrough back from the edge (it currently has 1.7 billion streams on the platform). James recently dominated the airwaves and charts with his storming collaboration with Sigala ‘Lasting Lover’. The track was a No.1 airplay song in the UK, No.1 on iTunes and Top 10 on the Official Singles Chart.

James recently signed a new record deal in the UK with Columbia Records, a co-deal with Columbia Records Germany, and announced his new album  ‘It’ll All Make Sense In The End’,  his 4th long play release, is coming later this year.

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Foy Vance Set For SSE Arena Concert

Singer-songwriter Foy Vance is pleased to announce his largest ever headline show at The SSE Arena, Belfast on Saturday 02nd April 2022. Foy’s second studio album on Ed Sheeran’s Gingerbread Man Records and the follow-up to 2016’s The Wild SwanSigns Of Life will be released on September 10 on CD, LP and digital formats and is available to pre-order. 

Signs Of Life is the sound of a beloved singer-songwriter at the peak of his powers. It’s also the sound of a man – a husband, a father, a sinner, a drinker – belatedly coming to terms with his demons. Driven by powerful percussion, “Time Stand Still” features a soaring, emotive vocal from Vance, who was struggling with an addiction to alcohol and painkillers at the time of writing.

“I had my first extended period off the road after twenty years of constant touring,” says Vance. “And I realised: wow, I drink two bottles of wine and at least a half bottle of vodka a day. I’d start the day with codeine to get myself sorted, and I’d smoke joints throughout the day. So I realised: I have so many incredibly bad habits here. I’m showing all the signs of death, getting ashen, grey, smoking more, drinking more, smoking more…I hit a wall.”

“It was my manager that made me get help,” Vance continues. “And in those moments, you do wish time would stand still. Can’t I just stop here and sit in this moment before I have to take up that mantle?”

Signs Of Life was recorded in three locations: Vance’s Pilgrim studio at home on the shores of Loch Tay in Highland Perthshire, another recording set-up in a nearby Dunvarlich House, and at Plan B’s Kings X studio in London. The album was written and played more or less entirely by Vance, with able assistance from young Northern Irish producer Gareth Dunlop. Serendipitously, Dunlop had been inspired on his career path by a chance encounter with Vance many years before.

“When I was around 14 years-old I wandered into a coffee shop in Belfast and saw Foy playing in the corner,” Dunlop explains. “I was completely spellbound by what I heard. It was a lightbulb moment that sent me on the road of wanting to discover my own voice and musicality. I would never have imagined that I would be co-producing a record with him 18 years later, and that I would be just as inspired and spellbound by what he does.”

Created out of the grimness of 2020, Signs of Life is an album of dawn after darkness, hope after despair, engagement after isolation, uplift after lockdown. It comes in bold sleeve artwork that reflects Vance’s desire to embrace all sides of everything, all humanity’s textures. Shot on a 160-year-old camera which does arresting things with colours and shading, the back image is of Vance as a bare-chested, bare-knuckle boxer. On the front, he’s in a dress, blonde wig and theatrical make-up.

“They’re just mad, striking images, and I loved the fact that it was male and female. You know, life’s extreme, life’s volatile, life explodes into reality sometimes, and stops just as quick. So to be struck by images on the cover made sense.”

At any time, Foy Vance’s new collection of songs would be a tonic. At this particular time, they can’t arrive a moment too soon. “That’s a huge part of it,” says Vance. “Signs of Life is about re-emergence – me in my own soft revolution, the world re-emerging in what we’re about to see as we hopefully go back to some semblance of normality. But just life in general – flowers growing through the cracks in Chernobyl. Life finds a way, doesn’t it?”

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