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kylie minogue: live at the odyssey arena, belfast 30/06/08
July 7, 2008, 11:31 pm
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Kylie Minogue
Live at Odyssey Arena, Belfast ••••
June 30th, 2008

“WowWowWowWow” sang Ms Minogue in one of her recent singles and, really, Wears The Trousers can’t help but concur. Breathtaking in its camp flamboyance, the final night of her four sold-out dates at Ireland’s biggest indoor arena was a spectacular event with a dazzling array of costume changes and sets to rival her massively successful Showgirl tour. While the material is mostly culled from her post-pop resurrection albums, she finds the time to revisit some of her most revered Stock, Aitken & Waterman moments ‘Shocked’, ‘Step Back In Time’ and a show-stopping, irony-free rendition of ‘I Should Be So Lucky’.

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rachel unthank & the winterset: live at the black box, belfast 06/05/08
July 7, 2008, 11:31 pm
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Rachel Unthank & The Winterset / Ruby Colley
Live at The Black Box, Belfast ••••
May 6th, 2008

For years – centuries in fact – folk music was solely the domain of middle-aged men in Aran sweaters with a finger in one ear. Recently, however, a meeting must have occurred (I missed it naturally!). In this meeting it was decided that folk would become sexy. Kate Rusby was present, as was Devon Sproule, and also, it seems, were Rachel Unthank & The Winterset.

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devon sproule: live at no alibis bookstore, belfast 04/06/08
June 17, 2008, 11:36 am
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Devon Sproule
Live at No Alibis Bookstore, Belfast ••••
June 4th, 2008 

This is the second visit Virginian folk songstress Devon Sproule has made to Irish shores this year – the first was in February with her husband Paul Curreri. It is also the second time she has played in this tiny Belfast venue. The venue in question is mostly known for selling crime fiction, but has been putting on small gigs of this kind for some time. Situated on Botanic Avenue (just around the corner from Queen’s University) it is perfectly suited to this kind of performance.

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