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Ones to Watch in 2014

Last year saw the rise to prominence for quite a few local bands with huge supports openings and festival slots respectively with bands such as Bastille and festivals like Tennents Vital and Belsonic. With a new year set in and many a band looking to make 2014 theirs, we have a look at the bands we think are really going to have a successful year ahead.

Making Monsters

From Derry/Londonderry, Making Monsters have developed so much over the last year and focused their hard work and effort in all the right places. Their sound, almost unrivalled within Northern Ireland, is alternative metal and vocalist Emma Gallagher shines through and provides the real spark to ignite the fire. They will be on tour early 2014 travelling down the mainland. Listen to: What It’s Worth, Instinct
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The indie-pop four-piece from Belfast boast some hooks and tunes even Two Door Cinema Club would be proud of. With the right direction, Hurdles could really step it up a gear or two and start to conquer the scene. They are likeable, provide plenty of juicy beats to dance to and are already travelling towards their goal. Watch this space. Listen to: Roadrunner, Control
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Go Wolf

Elegantly crafted songs like ‘Voices’ make people stand up and shout. No-one is better shouting than Kitsuné – the label famous for releasing the shackles on Two Door Cinema Club – and after including one of their tracks on their latest mix, the buzz has started. Go Wolf are set to release their album this year so look out for them as they fly off. Listen to: Voices, Even God
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Ed Zealous

One of the pioneers of local music in Belfast, Ed Zealous’ return to the scene is one that is welcomed by many. Their tunes, old and new, always look to impress and I reckon nothing is going to stop them this year. With their album due for release around February, this could be the time for Ed Zealous to hit new heights and reach the horizon. Listen to: Telepaths, Pretty Face


Tony Wright, formerly of And So I Watch You From Afar, successfully completed his Pledge campaign for financial support to release his debut album in 2014. Safe to say in the eyes of many people in Northern Ireland he is a legend and man of many skills. With work contrasting to that of his former  with ASIWYFA, VerseChorusVerse look certain to cement their place as one of the finest songwriters at the moment. Listen to: The Birds, Spiders
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