the skallions
Aug 12 @ 7:00 pm


The Skallions are back once again in The Black Box, bringing with them a plethora of craic and stacks of good music. Showcasing some of Belfast’s Newest head the balls, we fully expect another night of bottled beers, the best of beats and generally more of the finest noise that you can shake a big stick at. Joining us on the night will be our good friends:


The Scuntz

Conceived in the bowels of Belfast, The Scuntz, are an ever-changing folk-core/ punk collective. Thriving in despair, they patiently await the rapture, charged with entertaining the unwashed masses left behind.

Check out their first single off their debut album “Fall Apart Gang” described as “The unholy trinity of punk, folk, and cider” by the head the balls themselves.



Melodic Punk from Belfast city with heavy 90’s hardcore, skate punk, and alternative rock influence.



Scundered are Belfast’s newest and rawest street punk band that formed at end of the pandemic. All members have known each other musically and anti-socially for the last 15 years plus and got together for a bitta Criac and to bring some new sounds to the scene.

Tickets £10 on the door
Doors 7pm – late

The Unholy Gospel Band
Aug 14 @ 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 July 31st as well as Sunday August 7th, 14th and 21st.

Doors 1.30pm. 2pm Showtime.

Tickets: £12 (+ £1.52 booking fee)

Aug 16 @ 7:45 pm

Strange Victory + Spirit Of Division Presents


Tuesday 16th August 2022 / Black Box Belfast

Doors 7.45pm

Lightning Bolt play with abandon that is unmatched and remarkably undiluted since the duo’s formation 25 years ago. They are often called one of the loudest rock outfits in existence, both on record and on (or famously, off) the stage. Brian Gibson creates sounds that are unexpected and remarkably varied with his virtuosic bass playing and his inventive approach to the instrument, centered around melody rather than rhythm. The dizzying fury of Brian Chippendale’s drums twist from primal patterns into disorienting break beats as his distorted, looped, and echoing vocals weave more melody into the mayhem. Amidst the fray there has always been shreds of a pop songs discernible in the eye of every Lightning Bolt song. For their seventh full length, Sonic Citadel, Gibson and Chippendale have done the daring, stripping away some of the distortion mask to reveal the naked pop forms as never before. Their relentless energy, inventiveness and, unrestrained joy still drive their songs, pulling you in and compelling you to bounce and yes, even sing along.

Over their career Lightning Bolt’s incomparable sound has been built on the ebb and flow between the power of raw, unbridled simplicity and a boundless, childlike sense of wonder. Sonic Citadel marks the duo’s most varied and diverse work since their seminal album Wonderful Rainbow, exploring a large breadth of emotions between and within each song. Gibson and Chippendale again recorded with Seth Manchester at the esteemed Machines With Magnets to capture the abandon of their music with clarity and Gibson’s incredible dynamic range clearly to make the record as visceral an experience as their live performances. The pummeling “Blow To The Head” and swirling “Van Halen 2049” bookend the album with two of the most ferocious songs in the band’s catalogue, with the former built as a Black Pus (Brian Chippendale’s solo outlet) track on steroids. In stark contrast, songs like “Don Henley In The Park,” and “All Insane” take on almost conventional pop shapes despite being entirely spontaneous pieces crafted in the studio. “Hüsker Dön’t” too defies expectations as one of the poppiest songs in their discography with a chugging but clear chord progression and some of Chippendale’s least distorted vocals. These wildly varying approaches are a testament to the duo’s immeasurable capacity to explore new sonic territory organically, and largely through improvisation.

For the bulk of Lightning Bolt’s work together, they have slowly molded improvised jams which sometimes take years to develop on the road. The song “Halloween 3” may sound familiar to fans who have seen the band live in the last 15 years, and is named after a popular video of the duo performing an early version of the song. Sonic Citadel, however, also prominently features songs which began as solo recordings, be it a Black Pus 4-track recording or a series of looped bass figures from Gibson. In the four years between album releases, each member’s increasingly prolific creative endeavors limited their time to create together. Brian Gibson was the sole artist, musician and co-designer of the acclaimed video game Thumper, which has since proliferated across a multitude of platforms, and won countless awards including the 2019 Apple Design Award. Brian Chippendale, who has always created the band’s visual art, released the graphic novel Puke Force, was included in Rolling Stone’s “100 Greatest Drummers of All Time,” and recently collaborated with fashion designers Eckhaus Latta. Coupled with their consistent touring, as well as Chippendale recently becoming a father, the duo took the challenge of their time constraints head on as a compositional tool. By keeping some songs more direct and focusing on their central ideas, the duo managed to increase the overall intensity of their music while leaving space to for the songs to breath and stretch out live.

The impact that Lightning Bolt has had on underground music since its inception is immense, and remains pervasive beyond any genre tag that has been attached to them. Sonic Citadel is the work of band unafraid to challenge themselves, unbound by expectations, joyfully defiant, and possessed of the same inventive curiosity which set them apart on day one and is unmatched still 25 years later.

The Unholy Gospel Band
Aug 21 @ 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 July 31st as well as Sunday August 7th, 14th and 21st.

Doors 1.30pm. 2pm Showtime.

Tickets: £12 (+ £1.52 booking fee)

Aug 26 @ 8:00 pm

The Black Box and table it! are delighted to bring The Ocelots to Belfast. Situated in Wexford, twins Brandon and Ashley combine to create The Ocelots. They have crafted their songwriting and musical experience together to produce a forceful blend of rich harmonies and bare, raw acoustic folk. The Ocelots started originally through busking around Ireland, before playing their music throughout many stages all across Europe. The brothers are known for their ability to capture an audience, with mesmerising melody and variety meeting their charm and wit on stage. Brandon and Ashley showcase their music through random pop up videos online, where they get to perform under bridges and outside city halls.

They’re joined by good friends of the Belfast folk scene Buí.
Doors 8pm. Tickets £10.
ORGANS w/ Exhalers + Stratford Rise
Sep 2 @ 8:00 pm

In association with Black Box Recorder:

ORGANS plus live visuals



+ Junk Drawer / Thin Air DJ sets


Psychedelic Post-Punk Jazz Collective

formed in 2019, second album recently

released on Marginal/Lugnut/Little

Plastic Tapes. Heavy on the rhythms, for

fans of Hawkwind, Can, Sun Ra, Sonic

Youth & Black Flag.

Thanks for the Dance – The Leonard Cohen Story
Sep 4 @ 7:00 pm

Thanks for the Dance – The Leonard Cohen Story featuring Cohen Unlimited. Cohen Unlimited are a 7 piece band from Wicklow. They perform all of Cohen’s most loved and world famous songs including Bird on the Wire, Little Blue Raincoat, Dance me to the End of Love, Suzanne, So Long, Marianne, Hallelujah and more in their two and half hour show.

Cohen Unlimited not only performs the music of Cohen but singer Robert Doyle recalls the inspiration behind many of the songs including his own personal interactions with Leonard Cohen. The production is completed with video and imagery.

Follow Cohen Unlimited on Facebook

There will be one intermission of 15 minutes. The bar will be closed during the performance and re-open at intermission.


Over 18s

Moving On Music Presents: Les Filles de Illighadad
Sep 6 @ 8:00 pm

As the name suggests, Les Filles de Illighadad (daughters of Illighadad) hail from the small, secluded village in central Niger. Only accessible via a grueling drive through the open desert, there is little infrastructure and no electricity or running water. But what the nomadic zone lacks in material wealth it makes up for deep and strong identity and tradition.

In 2016, the first female Tuareg guitarist, Fatou Seidi Ghal joined forces with renowned vocalist Alamnou Akrouni – and so began Les Filles de Illighadad. In 2017, they were joined by Amaria Hamadalher, a fixture on the Agadez guitar scene, and Abdoulaye Madassane, rhythm guitarist and a son of Illighadad.

Their music draws from two distinct styles of regional sound, ancient village choral chants and desert guitar. The result is a ground-breaking new direction for Tuareg folk music and a sound that resonates far beyond their village.

At the heart of the music is the percussion and poetry of ‘Tende’ – a term used for both the instrument and the type of music – whereby a mortar and pestle are transformed into a drum, and women join together in a circle, in a chorus of singing, chanting, and clapping. Sometimes for celebration, sometimes to heal the sick, sometimes it’s poetry of love, and always a space where the wall between performer and spectator disintegrates.

We are delighted to welcome this incredible band to Belfast. It will be transformative; it will be special.

“revolutionizing (of) traditional Tuareg music”

She Shreds.

“Mesmerizing sounds from the Sahara”

The New York Times“If you listen long enough, and make yourself open enough, it is possible to reach a kind of holy place while experiencing the music of the Tuareg quartet.”

The New Yorker

“Fatou Seidi Ghali once had to practise on her brother’s guitar in secret. She and her band, Les Filles de Illighadad, are now taking the world by storm”

The Guardian





Strange Victory Presents: Rose City Band
Sep 8 @ 7:30 pm

Strange Victor Presents: Rose City Band

Thursday 8th Sept

Doors 7:30pm // £14+bf


It is impossible to talk about modern psychedelic music without mentioning Ripley Johnson. As bandleader of Wooden Shjips and one half of Moon Duo, Johnson has continually charted new cosmic paths that expand on the language of the genre. With Rose City Band, Johnson’s songwriting and beautiful guitar lines take center stage, the veil of psychedelia notably drawn back. While his vocal treatment would be recognizable to any Wooden Shjips fan, the sparseness of the instrumentation lays bare the beauty of his writing.




The Iconettes & The Hitzvilles
Sep 25 @ 7:00 pm

The Iconettes & The Hitzvilles – Celebrate the ‘iconic’ girl groups of Motown & Soul.

THE ICONETTES – are Northern Ireland’s first ladies of Motown & Soul.

Backed by a superb live band they pay tribute to the famous ‘girl groups’ of the Motown Hitzvilles studio days. Featuring classic hits by The Ronettes, Diana Ross & The Supremes, Martha Reeves and The Vandellas, The Crystals as well as honouring the soulful sounds of Dusty Springfield, Tina Turner & Aretha Franklin. Delivering dynamic harmonies & power-house vocals, combined with the glamour of the 60’s; The Iconettes perform an entertaining yet ‘musically brilliant’ show leaving you no choice but to get off your seat and go ‘Dancing in the Street’

“Having spent all my teenage years in the 1960’s, to be entertained by the Sensational ‘Iconettes’ brought back great memories of Two, wonderful fabulous decades of music. They are so professional with absolutely “magical ” voices ” Jim Everett

“The Iconettes and The Hitzvilles were outstanding! I know Musicon Entertainments are very professional and versatile but everything about tonight’s show at Theatre at The Mill was fabulous.” – Philip Hall

“Amazing performance tonight at Theatre at The Mill. Non stop. hit after hit ! Great interaction with the audience. A show not to be missed!” – Brenda Mitchell

”They interact brilliantly, with humour, grace and style, all of which works only because the core business of the music is honed to near perfection. A hugely enjoyable night out.” –  The Market Place Theatre

Facebook: @theiconettes

Instagram: @musicon_entertainment

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