gig preview ~ volume control x set the stage

Two cities. two venues, twelve acts. The Oh Yeah Centre's Volume Control team have done it again, teaming up with the Nerve Centre's Set The Stage project to put on two nights of amazing local music from two of Northern Ireland's most vibrant music cities.

On Friday 10th April, members of the Nerve Centre's Set The Stage team will be heading to Belfast to showcase some of Londonderry's finest talents at the Oh Yeah Centre.  Kicking off the night is acoustic artist Jason Flynn, followed by Shoot TheMessenger, Riot Upstairs and Lost Avenue. Belfast will be represented by the brilliant Foreign Affairs and abandcalledboy.

Then on Saturday 11th April, the team from the Oh Yeah’s event and industry enterprise project Volume Control will make the journey to Londonderry for another full event at the Nerve Centre. Taking to the stage will be acoustic act Cahal, followed by The Clandestines, and Belfast's own Serotonin, R51 and Hurdles. The final performance of the weekend will come from The Wood BurningSavages. Here's our verdict on why the nights are worth going to.

#1 A chance to see new talent from outside of Belfast. 
Oh, Belfast. Our humble capital, which has spawned some of the finest musical talents to come from Northern Ireland. But who would give up the chance to see some emerging talent from the city that gave us The Undertones? Riot Upstairs are a fine example of this, a four piece indie outfit fronted by Hannah Richardson. Their pop-punk influenced tunes are infused with youthful charm, but rest assured, the quartet mean business, as declared in 'Third Round' "We may be cute, but we bite."

#2 Two line ups packed with brilliant bands.
Let's face it, there's nothing worse than going to a gig and having to suffer through dodgy support acts with your best 'I feel sorry for you so I'm going to smile and pretend that I'm enjoying this!' face. There will be no trace of that at these gigs, as every single artist on each bill has been carefully selected to bring you guys the best of authentic local talent. One band guaranteed to impress are Encore NI favourites, R51. Fresh from the Oh Yeah Centre's International Women's Day event, R51 are dedicated to producing hazy dream pop with big hooks and even bigger vocals from frontwoman Melyssa Shannon.

#3 Hearing local talent in intimate venues. There's nothing better than leaving a gig with that sweaty satisfaction that you've had a better night than all of your friends, with the temporary tinnitus and bruises to prove it. Both events at the Oh Yeah Centre and the Nerve Centre offer you the chance to get up close and personal with some brilliant bands in venues that have seen not only local acts but huge UK bands from Kasabian to The 1975.

Both gigs are open to all ages, and entry is £5. Doors 7pm, with an early finish at 10.30pm. For more information visit the Volume Control Facebook.

Lauren Johnson

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