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Brian Houston Gets Ready for The Sound House Stream

DJ Drew Marshall recently described Brian Houston as a love-child between Elvis Presley and Ron Sexsmith. Let’s face it, he sounds good enough for anyone already. With his phenomenal creative talent, Brian Houston creates diverse and clever independent music that hits home in many niches. Known for catchy, surprisingly inventive, and uplifting music, the artist is preparing to perform to the world over live-stream this April 27th.

Already aired on BBC Radio around the country, with various live streams and interviews for broadcasters like Aled Jones and Bob Harris, Brian Houston has taken his self-written material from bedroom to studio in amazingly fast time. Thanks to a plethora of mainstream radio-rotation last year, Brian was able to hire out the Belfast Grand Opera House for two sell-out evenings. He has a hearty reputation for being able to withstand up to three and a half hours of solid performance at a time. A true showman and musical athlete, this thoroughly entertaining act is something not to be missed.

 As one of only four professional musicians to perform at Her Majesty’s Golden Jubilee Party at Stormont and as a support artist for the world-famous Van Morrison, there seems to be no end to the stream of fans that flow in from all corners of the scene. His familiar and comfortable style that’s been remarked upon by USA’s Paste Magazine is set to homely and meaningful lyrics that come direct from the heart of a real person. Lauded by media and DJs alike on all levels, Brian Houston is set to woo us all with his energetic and joyous get-up-and-sing mentality.

Premier Live-streaming Venue

Billed at Ireland’s premier live-streaming venue, The Sound House, this professional venue is able to bring world-class broadcasting to the internet generation. Since closing at the beginning of Covid-19, The Sound House invested in talent and tech in order to reinvent the world of live performance. Now, what-ever the climate outside, excellent, new, and established acts can do their job in safety while reaching huge audiences.

Taking the PR skills of Fluttertone’s Colm Slattery, with 15 years of veteran music experience, and some heavy-duty technology brought in by FEND Media, the outline is so clear that you might as well be in the room. Making sure everything fits into place is Kraft Agency’s Dean White, he’s able to work with everyone to get the decades of combined experience in one focus.

Join The Fun

To get involved with the streaming events present and future, just visit The Sound House online, get your tickets, and follow the instructions. It couldn’t be simpler, and there’s no queues in the cold today. Just you and your mates, your device of choice, and the live-show you want to watch.

 Make sure you catch a glimpse of Brian Houston at his next live-stream event on the 27th of April at Ireland’s The Sound House.

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Sarah O’Moore Drops New Single ‘I Need U’

Irish singer songwriter, Sarah O’Moore latest single ‘I Need U’ is available now on all streaming platforms. The song is an energetic anthem that examines the wrong doings in society. The boisterous sound coupled with matter-of-fact lyrics allows the song to flow through an honest ravine.

Making heads turn with her timeless, sultry, powerhouse voice is Irish singer-songwriter Sarah O’Moore. Raised on a diet of rock Gods & folk legends, is it any wonder that her style pogos from contemporary RNB to soul? Drawing comparison from Amy Winehouse to Billie Holiday. Sarah is a voice in her own right penning deeply introspective and profoundly outlandish work. Borrowing from her Corkonian roots, Sarah’s songs carry the dark underbelly of societal demise and her hybrid fusion of rich lyricism and melodic roots make her a touchstone for current times.

From an early age, Sarah has always been attracted to the soul talent of Nina Simone, Otis Redding and Sam Cooke. It was through cosmic wordsmiths such as Bob Dylan, Leonard Cohen and Van Morrison, Sarah was able to hone her craft. Pursuing her dreams, Sarah set shore to Bristol; where she is currently studying Songwriting at BIMM.

O’Moore has said that the song is about ‘the political undertones of the past year. Its after showcasing the Omnipresence of racism in society and the ongoing battles of minority groups. It’s reignited our need to combat these issues. Lets not have the victors steal the narrative and have its victims forgotten.

The song is rallied with immediacy with the use of synth textures and raw vocals. The song questions the latent attitudes of government power. It’s time to support, speak up, press play and listen away.

Sarah plans to launch her debut E.P, “social paralysis” later this year. Which will act as a testimony to James Joyce’s “Dubliner’s”. She will embark on bringing these 20th century archetypes to life.

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Iconic NI band The Outcasts to take Punk to the Park

The ever-popular Belfast punk band, The Outcasts are set to make an explosive return to the stage at Ward Park in Bangor at Punk in the Park this summer as restrictions are eased and live gigs are permitted.  

The event, taking place on Sunday 22 August 2021 at 3pm – 5pm, is part of the Open House Festival as it resumes after a year’s hiatus with live music, comedy and spoken word events throughout August and September. The Belfast born punk group, made up of brothers Greg and Martin Cowan along with JP and Petsey Burns, will take to the stage in their first performance since 2020, supported by local Bangor band Wasted Talent.

Formed in 1977, the Outcasts are legends on the Belfast music scene having signed with Terry Hooley’s infamous Good Vibrations record label. Branded by local media as “the band you love to hate”, The Outcasts embraced their bad boy image and were central to the development of the youth punk scene in Belfast. Forty-four years on, the band are now signed with Philadelphia-based record label, Violated Records and released an EP under the label in 2019, their first since 1983.

Lead singer and bassist, Greg Cowan, said:

“We are thrilled to be taking part in our first live gig in 18 months. 2020 was due to be one of our busiest periods including our first ever tour of America, which unfortunately was cancelled due to the pandemic.

“We can’t wait to get back on stage and play together to unite everyone with a love of punk and celebrate the vibrant music scene Northern Ireland has to offer. With the tough times the music business has been through lately, it’s important for the public to get out and support local bands and musicians. So, I would encourage as many people as possible to come out to the event to celebrate the world opening up again.”

The outdoor gig marks the beginning of a flurry of activity for the punk icons as they prepare for a busy 2022, with tours through France and Switzerland before they return home for an Irish tour with fellow local rock band, Therapy.

Held in the open-air of Ward Park, all the Music in the Park events at the Open House Festival are free to attend for all ages and do not require booking. Guests are encouraged to pack a picnic and head down to Bangor for a Sunday afternoon of live music and an electric atmosphere.

The Outcasts can be found on Facebook @officialoutcasts.

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