HOMETOWN GUIDE: Bicep On Belfast
London based Irish boys BICEP, have made a name for themselves for creating massive club tracks that build themselves within House, and branch off into a myriad of other styles and genres.
After releasing tunes across an array of labels and collaborating with other geniuses such as Simian Mobile Disco – they’ve just announced a new EP to be released through their own imprint.
They’re also heading to Australia at the end of the year, but we were keen to see what it was like back in their homeland instead. So we sat BICEP down to find out the local hotspots and golden secrets in their Guide To Belfast.
“Relatively new bar in the city centre, with an American whisky bar vibe, hence the name. They have got a really on point, clever design team and great in-house music nights with the likes of Joy Orbison popping down mid week to do 3 hour bar sets. They’re got some great local beers too.”
SHINE / TWITCH / QUEENS STUDENT UNION
“The Belfast student union holds some of the best club nights in the Uk, let alone Ireland. With a capacity of nearly 2000 back when the infamous ‘Snackbar’ was open, this place is a bit of a mecca! Shine, the main club night in Belfast for underground music is based here and is 20 this year.
We started going when we were 16! Twitch, also in the same building but less regularly is now one of the best underground nights you can find anywhere – It holds a max of 500 people but the crowd go insane from the moment it opens. Expect great bookings, bringing the likes Levon Vincent, Steffi and Mike Huckaby over to Belfast.”
MOURNE SEAFOOD BAR
“Seafood joint right in the city centre, they have their own trawler boats and catch the fish that day so it couldn’t be fresher. Reasonable prices but book in advance as it’s stupidly popular – They also brew their own stout! One of our favourite restaurants we’ve ever been to, this place never ever fails.”
A PROPER BELFAST 3 DAY HOUSEPARTY
“Throw in several crates of cider and some of the finest YouTube djs around and you’ve the guts of a fine 3 day binge. These usually get very very out of hand, especially around Boxing night and St Patricks day. Expect football match levels of rowdiness throughout and that’s just from the wee girls.”
SWALLY ALLEY / HOLYLANDS
“This is a large opening area situated at the back of Dukes Hotel in the Holylands area of central Belfast. About 10 minutes walk to most of the nightlife this is a super popular spot for neckin’ drinks before hitting town. It’s kind of like an unofficial beer garden which can attract up to 50 people on a summers night, but still pulls numbers mid winter.”
The Satisfy EP will be released 25th November, via Feel My Bicep. BICEP will be down under for the coming New Years, so make sure you catch them at the following dates:
Monday, Deccember 30
The Bakery, PERTH
Tuesday December 31
Lost & Found Ivy, SYDNEY
Wednesday January 1
Let Them Eat Cake Festival, MELBOURNE *FIRST RELEASE SOLD OUT*
Words: Tom Hutchins