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Oct
7
Thu
LUCA STRICAGNOLI CHANGE OF RULES TOUR 2021
Oct 7 @ 8:00 pm


LUCA STRICAGNOLI CHANGE OF RULES TOUR 2021

With very special guest Meg Pfeiffer

UK & IRELAND DATES

Tickets £17.50+booking fee

Doors 7pm

Music 8pm

After three albums, his music videos having internet views in the hundreds of millions and multiple sold out world tours, the sensational Luca Stricagnoli is to return to the UK & Ireland playing shows across 19 cities!

Celebrating the release of his new album ‘Change of Rules’ and with very special guest Meg Pfeiffer…music lovers, this is one not to be missed!!!

LUCA STRICAGNOLI: Born and raised in Italy, is an acoustic guitarist known for his unique style and innovative playing techniques. His original approach to music has led him to a variety of successes from obtaining over 100 million views on his music videos to having the opportunity to perform all around the globe.

Using up to five guitars in the same piece, modified capos, and self-conceived stratagems, continually leaving his audiences in awe. In addition to his musical abilities, Luca brings an enthusiastic energy to the stage that attracts concert requests from every corner of the world.

His music has been featured in countless magazines and TV channels and has grabbed the attention of world-famous artists such as the bands “Red Hot Chili Peppers” and “Walk Off The Earth”.

Luca’s previous album release “What if?” explored even more approaches to guitar playing. The first track of the album, featuring a new guitar invented by Luca and designed by Davide Serracini, obtained once again viral success with over 100 million views online and was published by magazines all over the world, such as NME, Spiegel and La Repubblica.

The album tour featured award winning singer songwriter and loop-station-artist Meg Pfeiffer, crossing over ten countries in Europe, Australia, Asia and America.

MEG PFEIFFER: A multi award winning singer/songwriter from Germany, achieved international success through a breathtaking usage of voice, loop station, drum pads and multi instrumentalism. Her unique vocal timbre, together with her exceptional songwriting skills, creates a magical atmosphere that reaches the soul.

Meg‘s career took off like a rocket with the release of her album “Bullrider”, published by Sony Music, which landed in the top ten of the German charts and was followed by a long list of TV shows, radio airplay and interviews.

She went on winning prizes at contests such as the “German Rock & Pop Music Awards” and more recently the “European Songwriting Award”, playing for brands of the caliber of MAN, Gibson, Mercedes, Audi, Chevrolet, Piaget and Yamaha, and performing in arenas with over six thousand visitors.

Through talent, dedication and hard work, she managed to bring her music on a global scale and starting an intense touring activity that led her to play across the globe.

Meg recently played in the Emirates at the Formula 1 Grand Prix Abu Dhabi, where stars such as Sam Smith, The Weeknd and Guns N’ Roses performed.

Oct
9
Sat
Postponed – Katey Brooks
Oct 9 @ 8:00 pm

*** PLEASE NOTE THIS EVENT HAS BEEN POSTPONED. TICKETS WILL BE VALID FOR THE RESCHEDULED DATE ***

Katey Brooks is a devastating song-writing and singing talent with a sound blending folk, soul, blues and country. Her finger-picked, harmony-inflected sound on the 2016 I Fought Lovers EP received an enthusiastic reception from radio stations around the UK and internationally, including BBC Radio 2, BBC 6 Music and CBC Canada. The 2019 album Revolute received huge critical acclaim across the world. Three singles are scheduled for release in the second half of 2021 and a new album expected in the spring of 2022.

 

To watch her sing live is to witness emotional exorcism, but when you know her backstory, it’s hardly a mystery why. Growing up inside a cult, as a child Katey found refuge in song. Later, she travelled the world with her guitar on her back, writing everywhere from the Occupied West Bank to an abandoned Finnish island. Over a career spanning four continents, Brooks has journeyed from intimate living rooms to opulent concert halls, from dive bars to decorated studios with some of music’s biggest names, boasting famous admirers like Joss Stone. She has recorded with Bill Wyman of the Rolling Stones and Paloma Faith at Abbey Road for BBC Radio 2’s Children in Need single. She has shared bills with a host of big names including Newton Faulkner, Ghostpoet, Martin Simpson, Deaf Havana, Lou Rhodes (Lamb), Mike and the Mechanics, and Mystery Jets. She has played some of the world’s biggest festivals including Glastonbury, WOMAD, the 2012 Paralympics, the Cambridge Folk Festival and Australia’s National Folk Festival.

 

https://www.youtube.com/user/KateyBrooksOfficial

Popdust said “Put simply, one of the best albums of the year,” Time Out – “not to be missed”, The Independent – “had the crowd eating out of her hands”’

Oct
10
Sun
Alan Niblock-Scratching the Surface – Album Launch
Oct 10 @ 7:30 pm

 

Renowned Belfast double bass player Alan Niblock showcases a solo performance for the first time, in celebration of his debut solo album “Scratching the Surface” on FMR Records…released September 2021. This eagerly anticipated Launch signifies new beginnings in Niblock’s approach to new music.

Reviews/Press Quotes :
“Niblock’s playing was, as often as not, characterised by nuance and deafness of touch” by Ian Patterson – free jazz collective.

“Bassist Alan Niblock has a marvellous warm, tasty tone on his contrabass” Bruce Lee Gallanter, DMG NYC.

“Alan Niblock’s interplay is nothing short of telepathic and his playing quite exquisite” – Musician Magazine.

 

Doors 19:30 Start 20:30

Oct
15
Fri
Ben Railway Robey- Like Father, Like Son Tour
Oct 15 @ 6:00 pm


Starting the tour in Europe and traveling through Scotland, England and Ireland this is truly Blues on the road to get excited about.

This tour has been in the making for some time for Ben, he first started playing music when he was 5 years of age and has traveled the world since. After taking in much heartache and learning about things most people will never get to experience Ben tries to share this through the power of Blues Meets Rock. This tour is extra special to Ben as joining him on the tour playing bass is his Father in law from Chicago and also his biological Father from home will be playing the lead guitar role.

 

 

Boulimique de Musique Feedback · 10 may. A powerful acoustic rock-blues topped by an energetic vocal interpretation that is sure kicks some dust. This guitar fueled tune demonstrates the musicianship of the virtuoso players that deliver a very convincing live and intimate recording.

Boulimique de Musique Feedback · 5 may. A folk-rock song with strong blues influences is proposed to the listeners pushed by a totally mastered gravelly voice. The female vocal harmonies enhance this almost Gospel-like anthem by a few notches. That’s what a gut-inspired interpretation sounds like!

 

 

Oct
16
Sat
Brand New Friend
Oct 16 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Shine Presents:

BRAND NEW FRIEND
+ GUESTS

The Black Box, Belfast
Sat 16th Oct  2021 
Doors 7pm 

Tickets £10 +BF from shine.net and Ticketmaster 
18+ Only

 

Castlerock five-piece, Brand New Friend are pleased to announce a headline show at The Black Box, Belfast on Saturday October 16th 2021.

 

In 2015, the Johnson siblings began making music in their family home on Northern Ireland’s rugged north coast. Within a few years they went from playing their local pub in the sleepy village of Castlerock to securing a record deal and playing festival stages all over the UK and Ireland. After meeting drummer Luke Harris and lead guitarist Aaron Milligan in a Portrush pub (then performing as their own two-piece band), it seemed inevitable the five would unite, completing the line-up almost by accident.

No strangers to Ireland’s buzzing live scene, Brand New Friend have been making waves with some incendiary live shows across the island. Their honest indie-pop has taken them from sticky-floored venues to sold-out festivals including Reading and Leeds, Radio 1’s Big Weekend and Electric Picnic. Following the release of their debut album ‘Seatbelts for Aeroplanes’ in 2018, they’ve hit the road in support of Snow Patrol, Lewis Capaldi, Ash, Starcrawler, At The Drive In, RAT BOY and Feeder.

Along the way, Brand New Friend have garnered support from the likes of Steve Lamacq, Gemma Bradley, Tom Robinson, John Kennedy, Annie Mac, Huw Stephens and Phil Taggart, receiving airplay on BBC Radio 1, Radio X and BBC 6 Music. In 2020, the band released EP ‘A Cure For Living’ and signed with Third Bar artist development, the brainchild of Snow Patrol’s Gary Lightbody. Their sophomore record is on the way.

Dec
3
Fri
Rockin’ around the Christmas Tree with The Soda Popz!
Dec 3 @ 8:00 pm

Rockin’ around the Christmas Tree with the Soda Popz! 

Bringing a touch of good old-fashioned Rock ‘n’ Roll to the holiday season!  

Following their sell-out show last year, the sensational Soda Popz are back to get you jumping and jiving once again to the best hits of the fab 50s and 60s! 

Featuring a toe-tapping set list of golden oldies from iconic artists such as Elvis, Johnny Cash, Cliff Richard, Connie Francis and Dusty Springfield, along with Christmas classics including Santa Baby, Jingle Bell Rock, White Christmas and many more!

So what are you waiting for?! Join the brilliant Soda Popz and rock around the Christmas tree for a nostalgic, fun tribute to that wonderful era. 50s attire encouraged.

 

Audience feedback! 

🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟We all dressed up and danced along!! FaB-u-lous!

🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 Highly recommend the Soda Popz – they are great fun and really know how to keep everyone entertained!! What a fantastic atmosphere they create too!! 

🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 Thank you Soda Popz. I was transported back to my childhood days…I knew every song you played and loved them all. You are a wonderful uplifting set of entertainers.  

🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 They are a fantastic group, very eutheric and absolutely fantastic singing voices. 

🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 Beautiful harmonies ….voices complement each other superbly…looking forward to hearing them at the Black Box….it’s in the future…keep safe x 

Doors 7:30PM

Start 8:00PM

Dec
11
Sat
Dani Larkin
Dec 11 @ 7:30 pm

Ireland’s most exciting new alt-folk artist Dani Larkin will release her debut album Notes For A Maiden Warrioron June 18th 2021. The long-awaited debut album makes its final voyage, containing a collection of 10 tracks including reimagined album versions of popular tracks such as ‘Samson & Goliath’, ‘Bloodthirsty’ and ‘The Mother Within’ and promises to be one of the most exciting contemporary folk albums this year.

 

Along with the announcement of Notes For A Maiden Warrior, a headline Irish tour is already announced, taking in Limerick, Galway, Dundalk, West Cork, Cork, and Dublin. And this week Dani announced a run of shows in England to precede that.

 

The album is centred around the concept of lessons on how to be a warrior, how to create change in this world by learning from stories of old and from other realms, and how to navigate life – love, death, suffering, pain, strength and kindness. It is not intended to be instructional; it is as a set of notes in song form.

 

Recorded in Halfbap Studios, Belfast and co-produced by George Sloan this debut album Notes for A Maiden Warriorformally cements Dani Larkin’s arrival onto the folk scene, and establishes herself as a contemporary folk artist to take notice of.

 

This album is being self-released digitally as well as physically on vinyl. Available to pre-order directly from Dani Larkin’s website www.danilarkin.com.

 

Powerfully arresting sound’ Ruth Smith, RTÉ Radio One

 

‘Steadily emerging as a rising star on the Irish contemporary and alt folk scene’Irish Times

 

‘Wowing audiences with virtuoso guitar playing and highly individualistic self- penned songs’. Songlines Magazine

 

‘A multi-instrumentalist with a remarkable knack for eking out sublime, burrowing melodies evocative of Irish traditional music.’

The Thin Air

 

‘One of the finest songwriters of our times’

Sean Kelly, Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival

 

 

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Dec
20
Mon
Christmas with The Swingtime Starlets
Dec 20 @ 7:30 pm

Doors 19:00 Starts 19:30

 

Festive Hits with a Swingtime Twist!

 

Back by popular demand to the Black Box after many sold out performances across the country, The Swingtime Starlets are more excited than ever to spread the musical magic of a close-harmony Christmas!

Having sadly been unable to perform their traditional Christmas show last year, they are back with a bang and delighted to be singing live once more with their Andrews Sisters-inspired celebration of timeless classics and crowd-pleasing festive hits – all with their trademark Swingtime twist!!

It’s the perfect occasion to Don your Glad Rags, Deck the (dance!) Halls and Jingle Bell Rock your way to the Black Box with friends and family for what will promise to be a Merry and Bright, Christmas Cracker of a night!

It is the Most Wonderful Time of the Year after all, so why not have a Holly Jolly Christmas the Swingtime way!

‘They whoop up a storm as they sing in close harmony the songs from the 40s and 50s in the style of the famous Andrews Sisters…Their show is pure vintage in every way.’
The Irish News

‘Great Christmas cabaret show [email protected] tonight in Belfast City centre. The harmonies & vocals were sublime. I now feel Christmassy!’
X-factor finalist Rhydian [email protected]

‘That is Fabulous, loved it! Love it, love it, love it!’
Gerry Kelly on BBC Radio Ulster

 

Audience Feedback:

🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟Amazing from start to finish. Harmonies were just perfect. The closest replica of The Andrews Sisters that we’ve ever heard. These girls are a breath of fresh air…unbelievable talent. They would certainly add class and quailty to any occasion!
🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟Had an absolutely brilliant night at the Black Box, these girls are amazing, talented & funny!
🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟Great harmonies! Their hair, costumes and choreography, as well as their energy, made for a wonderful performance! Boy, can they belt. Had a ball!
🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 OMG had an absolutely amazing night with these girls. Authenticity was world class and atmosphere unbelievable.

🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟What a group! Three amazingly talented performers oozing star appeal. Beautiful harmonies and a real warm genuine bond between them which is so engaging. Brilliant night of entertainment and will definitely be booking them again!

🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟AMAZING… You will not regret getting tickets. You will be singing and dancing your way home!

🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟Best live music in ages!

🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟Honestly the best show I’ve ever seen. Why are they not bigger? The Swingtime Starlets… Watch this space!

Jan
8
Sat
OTL-The Dodge Brothers
Jan 8 @ 2:00 pm
OTL-The Dodge Brothers

The Dodge Brothers

The Black Box

Saturday 8 January, 2022, 2.00pm and 8.00pm

£15.00

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Support by Dan Donnelly

Kicking off Out to Lunch in January in some style will beThe Dodge Brothers bringing their exuberant hybrid of country blues, rockabilly and jugband and we couldn’t be happier.

The Dodge Brothers bring to them a freshness that has feet stomping and hands clapping from California to Cropredy, from the Mississippi to the New Forest. Their songs feature vocal virtuosity and heartfelt harmonies underpinned by joyous guitars, thumping double bass and rattlin’ snare and washboard.

The Dodge Brothers features Mike Hammond(lead guitar, lead vocals, banjo), Mark Kermode (bass, harmonica, vocals), Aly Hirji(rhythm guitar, mandolin, vocals) and Alex Hammond (washboard, snare drum, percussion).

Their music has an authentically American tang – lead guitarist/vocalist Mike Hammond was raised in Alabama and his youthful musical travels took him all over the southern and western USA – but with a strong British perspective from Culture Show presenter and film critic Mark Kermode.

Doors 7.30pm | Unreserved Seating

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

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