[quote:9e143bacef="fastfude"]Was Belsonic not Belfest mkII?[/quote:9e143bacef]
Belsonic is the new Tennant's Vital. Belsonic is the new Belfest. Belsonic is the new Fear No Beer. Belsonic is the new Wednesday nights at the Front Page. Belsonic is the new Double Ding. Belsonic is the new Giro's. Belsonic is the new Bandjax. Belsonic is the new Super Shine. Belsonic is the new Cat's Ass. Belsonic is the new Club "the" NI:NG. Belsonic is the new Damage Central Presents. Belsonic is the new Skibunny. Belsonic is the new Fastfude Gourmet Season. Belsonic is the new Shep's answering machine. Belsonic is the new Sugar Sweet at the Art College. Belsonic is the new A Little Solidarity. Belsonic is the new City of Song Festival. Belsonic is the new Fate Awards.
I demand The BelFEST is replaced with a rebranded Disgoat '08, featuring [i:bee1c29f3d]"Rikmandu", "Star Residue", "Lovechild", "The Menagerie's Old P.A"[/i:bee1c29f3d] and [i:bee1c29f3d]"Goatboy's Ipod"[/i:bee1c29f3d]
I must say I kinda miss the good old fashioned BelFest, I had the privledge of playing once. It was a really class festival of music, it was such good craic running between 4 or more venues trying to catch your favorite acts, auntie annies, Katy dalys, Empire etc.
Plus it also seemed to attract a lot of industry attention, becuase A&r type people could get to see 20 or more of the top N. Ireland bands all within the space of 5 hours or so! Shep and all who organised it did a great job!
Ultimately to keep these things alive, people really need to support more of these sorts of events e.g. 'A little solidarity', oh yeah evenings etc.
In the words of some american dude, 'Yes we can!'
belFEST is having a sleep, due to lack of appropriate funding, and lack of energy to chase my ass this year with other priorities to address
belFEST is in discussion with other parties to see if we can make it happen next year. And unless it can be of a certain standard it can continue to rest. But if with the help of others it can be made to be bright and relevant then it will return
The ground in Northern Ireland has moved much in the past eleven years; things are better for musicians by way of gigging opportunity at many levels; media coverage and airplay is more frequent; there are a number of promoters doing a good job on the local level; there is vastly improved - if shockingly underfunded - infrastructure to support music business and networking; and the net has opened up unforeseen DIY opportunities. But we can of course do better all round.
A LITTLE SOLIDARITY deserves the support of us all next week for providing a well thought through event and a quality lineup in some great venues
Shep, I was merely taking the mick out of Rog with my second post as personally, I think saying that Belsonic is the new Belfest is ludicrous. It's like comparing chalk and Belsonic.
I really hope that Belfest will continue next year. My first post was completely genuine and I have much love for Belfest. I think I missed Belfest 2006 as I was living away, but I attended from 1999-2005 and thoroughly enjoyed each one.
Good luck with trying to get it sorted next year!
PS - I'm totally gutted that I will be missing A Little Solidarity next week. Absolutely crackin' lineup and looks to be really well organized.
Yeah Belfest always had a genuine "Festival" feel, where the whole area from Ormeau Ave to Queen's would be full of people wandering from gig to gig to catch their favourite band on the night, more so even than any thing like the CQAF, Open House festivals or anything, which are just really some themed gigs.