Tale of the Third City

The true, yet untold story of the Ulster Punk scene, revealing the secrets of an era never spoken off, until now! It brings you facts few have ever heard. Finally .....

The 12th January 1978 – the Pound

the first time the Clash played the Ulster Hall was the second time they played Belfast which was actually the third time, in such a short period the band had visited the city.

What a Fucked up world

If the kids of today were to take a long hard look back at the 1970's, they could be easily forgiven for thinking that the world had gone just a little bit mad.

Make you want to spit

Me in the day.

The Tartan Armies

The four years that followed will unquestionably go down in history as being the worst years of the conflict in Northern Ireland. It was; without any shadow of doubt an era . .

Bands Won,t Play No More

This town; A……….ah, is coming like a ghost town; All the clubs have been closed down…..

The Viking

DJ Bill Moore at work at the Viking.

The Peel Show

There I was just turned fifteen years old; full of excitement and looking forward to my adolescence years to begin, when all of a sudden. I found myself faced with ...

Music of Northern Ireland

Northen Ireland Music

Bands don't play No more !

Belfast was Vibrant!

If you didn't. Well you just might get a little confused when I say, it wasn't always like that you know?

In the 1960s, Belfast was vibrant city, the place was coming down with clubs and venues where you go to see any God given amount of bands playing live in this fair city. In fact; you probably would have been spoilt for choice, and I am not just talking about the endless list of showbands playing cover versions either. .

Above its weight!

I can assure you that back then there was an abundance of local talent writing their own material and on a regular basis breaking into the UK Charts! Of course there was none more famous than the one and only Van “the man” Morrison, who lead the way for others to follow. Sam, the soul man, Mahood, The Method, the Continentals and many more.

The list is endless which is proof that this wee place has and always will punch well above its weight...

Did you get the chance to read 'the Bands don't play here no more' if you did, then you will have a rough idea as to what life was like in Belfast during the 1970s....

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Then; as we entered the 1970s it was all so obvious by then. The city’s night life had already started to deteriorate, part from fear, part from caution....

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Present Day
What followed next; was the era the Good Vibrations movie, and Hooligan the Book both spoke off, but thankfully that’s not how it all happened....

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