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Get-To-Know-Terri-Hooley

Get to Know: Terri Hooley

Founder of the Good Vibrations shop and record label, Terri Hooley is a permanent fixture of the Northern Irish music scene.

We talked to this national treasure to get a glimpse into the musical tastes of a man who helped shape the famed Belfast punk revolution of the 1970s.  Get to Know Terri Hooley.


Where you’re from: Belfast  (the centre of the universe – my universe).
Describe yourself in 5 words or fewer: Old Skool, very old.
Best thing about the NI music scene: It’s a very friendly scene.
Digital music, CDs or vinyl: Both.
Biggest musical influence: THEM.
What you’re listening to right now: Tony Villiers and the Villains.
Favourite venue: The Ulster Hall.
Best local band of the moment: The Undertones.
Last gig you attended: Take Back the City – Post Ceasefire Songs.
Best gig you ever attended: Ronnie Spector with Southside Johnny & The Asbury Dukes.
Favourite album of all time: Marvin Gaye – What’s Going On.
Your dream festival line-up: Bob Marley, the Stones, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Neil Young.

The Lyric Theatre is set to bring the Good Vibrations story to the stage this September.

Following the success of the 2013 movie, it has been adapted for the stage by the team who co-wrote the biopic – Colin Carberry and Glenn Patterson.


My tastes vary - live in concert I've seen (amongst others) Bob Dylan, The Cure, Morrissey, Johnny Marr (sadly never The Smiths), Van Morrison, David Byrne, Counting Crows, John Prine, Chris Smither, Erasure, They Might be Giants, The Verve, Ben Folds, Georgie Fame, Teddy Thompson, Martha Wainwright, Rufus Wainwright and Loudon Wainwright III. This decade, a lot more home grown talent, with the likes of Duke Special, Brian Kennedy, VerseChorusVerse, The Bonnevilles, Tony Villiers and the Villains, The Hardchargers, and The 4 of Us. Favourite gigs include Prince in Cork in 1990, Trip to Tipp ’91 & ’92, David Bowie’s Reality tour in 2003.