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Little Bear Feature In Daily Mirror Gig News And Listings

"Little Bear will represent the label and offer lucky punters the chance to represent the label and enjoy their emotionally literate rock."

Alana Henderson Features In The Irish News Gig Guide

As part of the Smalltown America Music Cafe Nero tour, Alana Henderson features in the Irish News Gig Guide.

The Daily Mirror Reviews Sullivan & Gold's NEW Single

"Sullivan & Gold single is a great finale to a fine album...It's about hope, optimism and the thrill of being with someone special for the first time."

Bring The Noise Reviews MTC Album 'Everything I've Learnt'

"No awkwardness, none of the unsureness of sound or the self-conscious explorations of identity, but all the raw energy and unpolished integrity of a band that have yet to be swept up by ‘the industry’."

More Than Bullets And Bombs Features Jetplane Landing

"...nothing compares to watching them live. The energy emitted from this band is pretty unreal."

More Than Conquerors Feature In Kerrang!

Belfast alt. punk-rockers who play every show like it's their last.

TMRW Magazine Features More Than Conquerors

"‘Everything I’ve Learnt’ has swathes of the alternative-punk rock sound akin to the likes of Biffy Clyro and Paramore whilst also “provoking the growth of new ideas”, as Platt laid out, in its lacing together of relentless energy with more reflective and emotive moments."

The Irish Daily Star Features Sullivan & Gold's Debut Album

If you are a fan of 'Bombay Bicycle Club', you should love this acoustic Derry duo Ben Robinson and Adam Montgomery's debut. It's a concept album revolving around a character's loves and losses.

More Than Conquerors Feature In Chordblossoms Top 10 Albums Of 2013

NI Albums 2013 - #1 More Than Conquerors 'Everything I've Learnt'

Jetplane Landing Feature In Chordblossoms Top 10 Albums Of 2013

NI Albums 2013 - #2 Jetplane Landing 'For Foes'

Sullivan & Gold Feature In Chordblossoms Top 10 Albums Of 2013

NI Albums 2013 - #5 Sullivan And Gold 'For Foes'

Axis Of Feature In Chordblossoms Top 10 Albums Of 2013

NI Albums 2013 - #8 Axis Of 'Finding St Kilda'

Chordblossom Reviews Smalltown Bands Live In Belfast

"..it was clear we had all been captivated by what I had seen from all bands."

NME Review More Than Conquerors Album 'Everything I've Learnt'

"More Than Conquerors might be Northern Ireland’s answer to Biffy Clyro."

STA Bands Feature In The Thin Air's Must See Shows

Doubling up as a Smalltown America showcase, Belfast’s 101 Central will host three exceptional songwriting acts on Friday, December 20.

'Sullivan & Gold' on RoboMoro Performing "Changing"

"Changing" is another example of 'Sullivan & Gold’s' ability to strip back songs and perform them in a charming manner.

Chordblossom's Robert Brown Rates 'Jetplane Landing's' 'Don't Try' As His Album Of The Year

Surely a contender for NI album of the year (actually scrap that it’s my favourite album of the year from anywhere), a raw sounding and energetic collection, these songs will sound huge in a live environment.

Watch 'Our Krypton Son's' "I See A Sadness" On RobMoro

The latest track is called "I See A Sadness", a delicate one for the Winter that’s in it.

Robmoro Features "Glory" Session Video By 'Sullivan & Gold'

'Sullivan & Gold' have released a festive session video for track "Glory" which is the last track of the duo’s album ‘For Foes’.

"Fool For Love" Video By 'Our Krypton Son' Features in Robmoro

'Our Krypton Son' perform "Fool For Love" from the soon released ‘A Graveyard of Stars’ mini album.

Robmoro Feature 'Little Bear's' Video For "Night Dries Like Ink"

Derry collective 'Little Bear' have released the video for their "Night Dries Like Ink" single. The band have enjoyed plenty of success in 2013 with numerous festival, TV and radio appearances

Watch 'Jetplane Landing's' "Beat Generation...Ha" Which Features In Thumped

"Beat Generation... Ha!" is the second single from 'Jetplane Landing's' fourth studio album 'Don't Try'

Watch Our Krypton Son's new video 'Can't Make You Come Back' on RobMoro

'Our Krypton Son' will release their latest single "Can’t Make You Come Back" on 16 December. The single is the first to be taken from the band’s forthcoming mini album ‘A Graveyard Of Stars’.

The Thin Air's Top 100 Tracks Of 2013

Featuring Little Bear at #42 with 'Night Dries Like Ink', More Than Conquerors at #32 with 'Pits of Old', Axis Of at #28 with 'Lifehammer' and Jetplane Landing reaching #1 spot with 'My Radio Heart'.

Culture NI Interview Sullivan & Gold

Meet Derry~Londonderry Duo Sullivan & Gold. Ben Robinson of the talented two-piece on vocal harmonies and comparisons with Simon & Garfunkel.

Gigape Features Our Krypton Son's NEW Video

'Can't Make You Come Back' is the first single to be taken from Our Krypton Son's forthcoming mini album 'A Graveyard Of Stars'.

Chordblossom Reviews Sullivan & Gold's Debut Album

“For Foes” has many incredible individual tracks (Run Faster, Changing, Jigsaws, People Talk, Don’t stand in Line among others) and brilliant lyricism which match or exceed that standard of previous songs by this pair."

The Daily Mirror Reviews Sullivan & Gold's Debut Album

"Attempting those tricky falsettos live on the radio was a brave move but both of them knocked it out of the park."

The Sunday Times Reviews Sullivan & Gold's Debut Album 'For Foes'

"If sumptuous and carefully crafted songs are your thing, 'For Foes' will make for a pleasing listen."

Big Cheese Features An Album Review For MTC

"They've got a knack for creating melody in amongst the general post-punk stew with opening track 'All That We Can' featuring a killer chorus."

A Superb Review From Gigape For Sullivan & Gold

" A smattering of vocal layering for effect here and there is used for underlining the depth being heard, rather than cause roars of audience approval, as essentially one voice expresses the heart-felt emotions the music effortlessly evokes."

Hotpress Features An Interview With Sullivan & Gold

"For Foes, the debut album from Sullivan & Gold is not, praise be, a record over-burdened with angst and look-at-me theatrics. Yes, it swells and pulses. However, it's subtle too, even slippery in places - with interesting shades and detours and, most significantly, and atypical lyrical approach."

Sullivan & Gold Interview With Fame Magazine

"We really want to play in alternative spaces, so at the minute our first three gigs to promote the album are in a thatched cottage, a bookshop and a renovated church! I’m excited about playing in these kinds of places."

Golden Plec Review Sullivan & Gold's Album 'For Foes'

"...quite an impressive effort from the Derry lads."

Jetplane Landing Fourth Studio Album Reviewed By Culture Northern Ireland

"Releasing an album after six years of silence is a calculated risk, but Jetplane Landing did their sums a long time ago and decided that money doesn’t matter."

Jetplane Landing Feature In Chordblossoms Podcast

Tune in at 39 minutes!

Jetplane Landing Win No.1 Spot In Anything Everything's Top 10 Albums Of July

"The most clear winner we’ve had this year."

'Call Upon The Author' Reviews JPL In London

"The energy in the crowd is matched on stage, with guitarists Andrew Ferris and Cahir O’Doherty pulling their best rock shapes to go with their trademark melodic wall of noise."

Jetplane Landing & Axis Of Feature As Past And Present STA Acts Are Nominated For Industry Award

Multiple acts from our past and present roster are considered for Northern Irish album of the year award. Read more in the Daily Mirror.

Daily Mirror Feature More Than Conquerors Ahead Of Their Biggest Tour Yet

"Delighted for Belfast four-piece More Than Conquerors, who sold out The Limelight on Monday for the launch of their debut album 'Everything I've Learnt'."

Daily Mirror Advise Readers To Attend Little Bear Shows

"They're the most exciting, talented and downright super sound band we've come across in an absolute age."

Little Bear Impressed Live Reviewers Bands NI At The Limelight 2, Belfast

"As they left the stage I knew, and the crowd knew, that this is a band channeling a buzz that Northern Irish music hasn’t seen in recent years. Tragically... We must now play the cruel waiting game for their debut album. We’re in for a treat, so we are."

Daily Mirror Give Little Bear High Praise

"A gig they did at The Black Box earlier in the year, remains the finest hour of entertainment I've witnessed in 2013"

The Metaphorical Boat Feature Sullivan & Gold's Track 'Lonely' In Their Northern Ireland Round-up

"The song has great harmony vocals, and is made even more notable by containing a piano line that in places seems more in keeping with a house track than a song of the folksy variety."

BBC's Across The Line Promote Sullivan & Gold's Upcoming 'For Foes' Album Release And Tour

"Sullivan and Gold are gearing up for the release of their debut album ‘For Foes’ this winter. Fans can get their hands on a glittering gold 12" vinyl copy or the traditional CD will also be available."

Fame Magazine Promote Sullivan & Gold's Free Download Of 'People Talk'

"The perfect accompaniment to falling in or out of love."

Chordblossom Feature 'For Foes' Album By Sullivan & Gold

"Their debut album will be released on Smalltown America on November 4th on both CD and 12? Vinyl formats... Watch the video, shot by Polish Director Cz?owiek Kamera."

Across The Line Announce The Release Date Of Sullivan & Gold's New Album

"Sullivan & Gold will release their debut album, 'For Foes' on November the 4th."

Journalist RobMoro Gives His Thoughts Ahead Of The Release Of Sullivan & Gold's Album 'For Foes'

"The initial preview of this album holds promise for Sullivan & Gold. No doubt we’ll be hearing more about them when their album launches on November 22nd."

Golden Plec Feature Sullivan & Gold's New Video 'Run Faster'

"'Run Faster' is the first single from Sullivan & Gold’s debut album ‘For Foes’."