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May
27
Fri
Chordblossom’s 10th Anniversary Party
May 27 @ 7:00 pm

On Friday 27th May 2022, Chordblossom are taking over both the Main Room and the Green Room for what is set to be a huge night for live music and who knows there might even be a slice of cake or two…We are thrilled to say that our stacked line-up features Wynona Bleach, ROE, Travi the Native, Jealous of the Birds, Tour Alaska, Ferna, Thom Southern and Girl For Sale.

Wynona Bleach
If you’ve been with us for a while, you’ll know all about our love for Wynona Bleach. They got their hooks in us under the guise of R51 all the way back in 2013 and are yet to let go. The release of their debut album, Moonsoake, in February 2022 marked the highpoint of their journey so far and is a phenomenal listen. Yet it is their live show that never disappoints and we are expecting them to tear up the Black Box for us with their brand of hazy alt-rock.

ROE
Roisin Donald aka ROE popped up on our radar way back in 2016 and since then we’ve seen her take huge strides from a largely unknown artist to one at the forefront of our music scene. We’ve been lucky enough to offer up several premieres of her music over the years and we are excited to bring her down to Belfast and hopefully get a sneak peak at the new material rumoured to be for her debut album.

Travi the Native
Travis Gilbert has been in and around the scene for a while now. Whether it was in the energetic indie outfit Colly Strings or under Travis Is A Tourist, his star has always been one to watch. His latest moniker Travi the Native has brought a new impetus and energy to proceedings and has ensured his stock continues to rise. Soulful alt-pop is the order of the day and there are few better at their craft at present.

Jealous of the Birds
Naomi Hamilton burst onto the scene back in 2015 with the unforgettable Goji Berry Sunset and has never looked back. Two albums later and signed to Atlantic Records sees Jealous of the Birds as one of our biggest recent success stories. We were fortunate that she played her debut show for us in TBWNN (Auntie Annies) and we are delighted she’s getting the band together to celebrate both our journeys to date.

Tour Alaska
Tour Alaska is the brainchild of former A Plastic Rose frontman, Gerry Norman. The catchy but defiant alt rock has given way to a more mellow and mature output but Norman’s tendency to strike a strong song writing narrative remains. This new sound might not be what we’re used to but it’s a refreshing reboot for a man so intensely linked to the Belfast music scene.

Ferna
Ferna marks the latest chapter in Hannah McPhillimy’s musical journey. Our first interaction left a lasting impression and her spell binding live performances continue to impress. Under Ferna, her musical talents continue to flourish and while there is a more of an electronic feel to proceedings this time round, the heartfelt emotions remain on show.

Thom Southern
After years of serving up dreamy indie anthems with his sister Lucy in both Southern and then MMODE, it was time for Thom to branch out on his own. Under his own name, we dart more into shoe-gazed inspired rock with plenty of fuzzy guitars in the mix for good measure.

Girl For Sale
Girl For Sale is the vessel for Candice Cathers’ musical output. A beautiful debut EP captured the attention of the critics and left us pining for more of that lo-fi indie pop that isn’t afraid to bare its soul. We are especially thrilled to have Candice and her band on the line-up as it will mark their debut live performance and shouldn’t be missed.

May
29
Sun
BLAME – A musical journey into a modern-day addiction
May 29 @ 6:30 pm

Northern Lights Project in partnership with RCC Letterkenny presents

BLAME: A musical journey into a modern day addiction

Music and visuals by

Emma Smith and Phil Hague

Why do we always need to blame someone when things go wrong? We have been doing it since the dawn of time, but why? What even is blame?

After a year of watching politicians scapegoating entire communities (immigrants) or setting people up to take the fall for future problems (COVID-19), and considering the role of blame in justice and forgiveness, double bass player Emma Smith and percussionist Phil Hague use music and visuals to explore this modern addiction.

Jun
1
Wed
wonder
Jun 1 @ 7:00 pm

Join us for a night of celebration & prizes at Black Box Belfast, live music and much more, come on down.

About this event

7:00 Arrival & music from Jacob Cunningham Bell

7:20 Welcome & Introduction

7:20 Jacob Cunningham Bell

7:40 Testimony

8:00 Jacob Cunningham Bell

8:30 Testimony

8:50 Auction

9:45/10:00- late Band

Jun
5
Sun
THE UNHOLY GOSPEL BAND
Jun 5 @ 1:30 pm

doors 13:30 start 14:00

This event will be unreserved seating.

Authentic American gospel, country & rock, delivered live and straight from the soul in true (unholy) gospel style.

Fronted by Cormac Neeson (of The Answer) and featuring songs by Mahalia Jackson, The Staple Singers, Gregory Porter and more. The Unholy Gospel Band, as the name suggests “ain’t holy but the music is gospel’.

“Great line-up, [and] pot of songs. The Unholy Gospel Band… at the service of saints and sinners alike.” The Irish News

Catch them live in the Green Room at Black Box – Sunday 5th & Sunday 12th June.

Doors 1.30pm. 2pm Showtime.

Tickets: £12 (+ £1.52 booking fee)

Jun
10
Fri
GREEN ROOM SESSIONS: Gilmore
Jun 10 @ 7:00 pm – 11:00 pm

Bangor/Belfast producer and DJ Gilmore spins uppers across house, techno & breaks galore in this four-month residency. Friday 1 April, 6 May, 10 June, 1 July from 7pm – close.

One of Scratch My Progress’ 2020 alumni, Gilmore’s versatility on the decks has seen him play main room Telegraph Building sets, headline Ulster Sports Club, and sell out clubs in the UK. His own production peaks with house clangers ‘Belfast in the Summer’ and ‘Feels So Free’.

Jun
12
Sun
THE UNHOLY GOSPEL BAND
Jun 12 @ 1:30 pm

doors 13:30 start 14:00

This event will be unreserved seating.

Authentic American gospel, country & rock, delivered live and straight from the soul in true (unholy) gospel style.

Fronted by Cormac Neeson (of The Answer) and featuring songs by Mahalia Jackson, The Staple Singers, Gregory Porter and more. The Unholy Gospel Band, as the name suggests “ain’t holy but the music is gospel’.

“Great line-up, [and] pot of songs. The Unholy Gospel Band… at the service of saints and sinners alike.” The Irish News

Catch them live in the Green Room at Black Box – Sunday 5th & Sunday 12th June.

Doors 1.30pm. 2pm Showtime.

Tickets: £12 (+ £1.52 booking fee)

Jun
21
Tue
Black Box Presents: M(H)AOL + Gender Chores + Heart Shaped
Jun 21 @ 8:00 pm

We are delighted to present Dublin’s finest no nonsense post-punk outfit M(h)aol. Currently based between Dublin, London and Bristol, M(h)aol (pronounced “male”) are formed of Róisín Nic Ghearailt, Constance Keane, Jamie Hyland, Zoe Greenway and Sean Nolan. Self proclaimed supporters of ‘Feminism. Animal welfare. Chipper chips’, the band aim to rattle the male dominated post-punk scene with their urgent, gritty sounds. Their singles ‘Laundries’, ‘Asking For It’ & ‘Gender Studies’ are perfect instigators for this pursuit, the latter praised by Gigwise as ‘A vital piece of feminist work, set to staggeringly good punk noise’.

Support comes from Belfast riot-punkers Gender Chores, who are Sam, Sophie and AJ. The music is informed and noisy and assertive. Their domain is the north of Ireland where bigotry and intolerance exist in the highest political offices. Gender Chores attack those failings with rage and wit; their live shows were keen moments of punk spirit and alternative thinking.

Before that, Heart Shaped kicks the night off. Wearing influences on her sleeve from Big Star to Cocteau Twins, Heart Shaped is the dreamy pop project of Belfast-based songwriter Kendall Bousquet. Following on from the 2020 EP Second Hand, which gained critical praise with international radio play from KEXP to the BBC and a feature on the front page of Bandcamp, new single No Contact finds the Texas native meditating on ambivalent love over a fuzzed-out soundscape of shimmering melodies. Together with surf inflected B-Side Version of You, the two tracks form a snapshot of a maturing songwriter hitting her stride, unafraid to mix a catchy pop sensibility with introspection and catharsis.

Come down for M(h)aol’s biggest Belfast show yet. Doors 8pm / tickets £10.

“The Dublin post-punk outfit are pushing forward in this fight for justice and deserve to be heard, their message ringing out loud and clear; “Was I asking for it? / No!” – So Young Magazine

“The urgency of M(h)aol’s message threatens to become a violent maelstrom of heightened pace and pitch. This isn’t pop music – it’s power and politics.” – Louder Than War

“M(h)aol encapsulate more of the authentic, vital radicalism at the core of punk than many post-punk outfits, and they’re fully here to show the posers how it’s done right” – London In Stereo

Jun
26
Sun
CQAF – Jesse Malin
Jun 26 @ 8:00 pm

Already a veteran of the NYC hardcore scene by the time he was a teenager, Jesse Malin first rose to fame with the influential punk band D Generation, a group Rolling Stone called ‘the best thing to happen to New York noise in the Nineties’.

Malin traded in his electric for an acoustic in 2002, though, shedding his skin and embarking on an acclaimed solo career with his Ryan Adams-produced debut, ‘The Fine Art of Self Destruction’.

Hailed by Uncut as ‘an instant classic’, the record was stripped-down, raw, and intimate, earning comparisons to Neil Young and Tom Waits for its ragged, poetic beauty. In the decade-and-a-half that followed, Malin would go on to blur the lines between singer-songwriter and punk rocker with a string of similarly celebrated solo albums, including his latest release ‘Sunset Kids’.

The record explores the bittersweet as well as topics more upbeat, with Jesse’s street-smart writing style acting as the thread weaving indie rock, folk and heartland Americana together. In ‘Sunset Kids,’ the genres and influences gel and Jesse Malin steps assuredly into the role of street-savvy, roots-minded songster.

Tickets also available from: Visit Belfast | 028 90 246 609
9 Donegall Square North – Open 7 days a Week

Jul
1
Fri
GREEN ROOM SESSIONS: Gilmore
Jul 1 @ 7:00 pm – 11:00 pm

Bangor/Belfast producer and DJ Gilmore spins uppers across house, techno & breaks galore in this four-month residency. Friday 1 April, 6 May, 10 June, 1 July from 7pm – close.

One of Scratch My Progress’ 2020 alumni, Gilmore’s versatility on the decks has seen him play main room Telegraph Building sets, headline Ulster Sports Club, and sell out clubs in the UK. His own production peaks with house clangers ‘Belfast in the Summer’ and ‘Feels So Free’.

Jul
2
Sat
Utopia Gatherings Presents: The Beginning
Jul 2 @ 5:00 pm

Utopia Gatherings presents: “The Beginning” is a debut show of a newly based Belfast dance music event organisation.

Our event is an 18+ age restricted dance event. It will include artists within the trance community showcasing talent from local to world renowned.

Lineup

– Oisin Collins

– Dee Conaghan

– Liam Melly

– Project 8

– Will Rees

– Re-Order

Contact us

The Black Box & Green Room Café
18-22 Hill Street | Belfast | BT1 2LA

Tel: +44 (0) 2890 244400

Registered Charity No: NIC100983

Supported by

Belfast City Council ACNI & Lotto John Hewitt Department for Communities Film Hub NI BFI Cinema Children In Need