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Live music “not banned” in Northern Ireland – but venues remain closed

The music industry in Northern Ireland won something of a hollow victory earlier yesterday (Friday 12 February), when it emerged that legislation banning live performances has, in fact, lapsed. However, in a Catch-22 situation, venues remain closed under continuing restrictions imposed by the Northern Ireland Executive as part of the continuing fight against COVID-19.

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Maverick – ‘Ethereality’ (Metalopolis Records)

One of the advantages of being a music journalist operating within a fairly close knit community such as the city of Belfast, as opposed to a sprawling metropolis such as London or New York, is that you can very often find yourself coming across a band at the very nascent stages of their career and then watching them blossom and grow over time, develop and mature from a bunch of wet-behind-the-ears NKsOTB into a seasoned and determined well-honed rock 'n' roll machine. Such a case in point are Maverick, who are just about to prove my point in the most emphatic way possible, with this, their third full-length studio album...

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Hollowstar/Daxx & Roxane – New Wave of Classic Rock Webfest – 26 February 2021

BoJo The Clown may finally have published his much-vaunted “roadmap” towards post COVID pan(dem)ic “normality”, but at least as far as the music business is concerned, any sight of light at the end of the tunnel is still the faintest of glimmers in some far-off distant future, with more shows, tours and festivals continuing to be cancelled, postponed or rescheduled for what seems like the umpteenth time. Thus, the only “normality” which those of seeking our regular fix for live music continues to exist only in the virtual world of cyberspace, via livestreamed events such as this, the latest in a weekly series brought to us by the lovely people behind the wonderful New Wave of Classic Rock Facebook group, who have continued to fly the flag for the genre, in all its forms, with these showcases of some of the finest ÜK acts around… The formula is basically the same every week, with two bands performing a handful of songs, either in full electric format or stripped back to an acoustic alternative, with each set preceded by interviews with the acts concerned.

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The Über Rock Singles Club – March Madness (Part One)

It's DJ Astrocreep back on the decks of doom in the Über Rock bar - fuck jukeboxes when we have so many quality songs sent in so frequently! What better way to find your new favourite band or song than by kicking back and chilling out with the following tracks, handpicked from the submissions coming in from all over the Überverse! The bar's open and it's time to play our first track!

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The Über Rock Singles Club – NWoCR Special

Well, 2021 may have may have finally taken its first reasonably confident steps to the end of its second month, with some light seeming to finally appear at the end of the tunnel for what otherwise has been pretty much of another shitstorm of a year, with the vaccination programme finally starting to take effect and BoJo’s much-vaunted “roadmap” out of the crisis finally having some form of, albeit loose, timetable. Of course, it comes too late for the first half of the festival season, with Glastonbury already shelved for the second successive year and other events, such as Download, also facing the inevitability of further cancellations, while it remains to be seen if there will be any longer lasting restrictions on live events, either indoors or outdoors. With the path to our previous level of “normality” still a long way off, at least 2021 is sharing something more positive in common with 2020, in that it already has produced some terrific new music, with the promise of plenty more to come, if the inbox here at ÜRHQ is anything to go by…

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Maverick – ‘Ethereality’ (Metalopolis Records)

One of the advantages of being a music journalist operating within a fairly close knit community such as the city of Belfast, as opposed to a sprawling metropolis such as London or New York, is that you can very often find yourself coming across a band at the very nascent stages of their career and then watching them blossom and grow over time, develop and mature from a bunch of wet-behind-the-ears NKsOTB into a seasoned and determined well-honed rock 'n' roll machine. Such a case in point are Maverick, who are just about to prove my point in the most emphatic way possible, with this, their third full-length studio album...