Rudedoodle.tk- The Belfast Local Music Scene 2001-2005

 Yakuza, The Front Page, playing ‘Curfew’ a yearly pre-12th of July look-down type affair

Yakuza, The Front Page, playing ‘Curfew’ a yearly pre-12th of July look-down type affair

 

 

I read ‘I’m With the Band’ recently, and it made me suitably nostalgic for my time when I would turn up to The Front Page no matter who was playing, at local gigs at least three times a week.  

I saw hundreds of shows, probably hundreds of bands, and loved the local bands more than the huge touring shows. Thirty of us dancing to a band playing their first show in the upstairs in Auntie Annies was my idea of heaven.  

 The Dangerfields, Belfast’s hardest working, most on-the-road touring band, with dozens of members throughout the years

The Dangerfields, Belfast’s hardest working, most on-the-road touring band, with dozens of members throughout the years

 The Killing Spree

The Killing Spree

 

 

 

I started loving only punk and rock, but as I met people, made friends, and agreed to go see their friend’s shows, I started loving dance music, indie stuff that I spent years mocking before, and by the end I would have turned up to see a guy banging a bin if it meant a good night out. 

 Lightyear in Auntie Annies

Lightyear in Auntie Annies

Back then I had a blog, this is 2001 onwards, so it wasn’t called a blog, but it was a website that I updated with all the photos I would take at whatever gig the night before. By 2003 I found taking snaps of my friends, and strangers in the crowd, became almost as fun (and easier) than my always blurry digital camera photos of the actual show. 

 Tracer AMC in Giros

Tracer AMC in Giros

So my site really took off then, as people would log on to see if there was a photo of them the next day. I blogged a lot on MySpace in the later years, 2004 onwards, and I wonder are there still photos on there. ... I’ll have to look.

 Clockwise from top- Alan LaFaro & me, Cathal & Johnny Behind, Iona & Graeme (the proper photographers), Andy & Steven from Clone Quartet, and lastly Fastfude message board night out in Laverys. 

Clockwise from top- Alan LaFaro & me, Cathal & Johnny Behind, Iona & Graeme (the proper photographers), Andy & Steven from Clone Quartet, and lastly Fastfude message board night out in Laverys. 

 Cave In, Auntie Annies. 

Cave In, Auntie Annies. 

But for now, here are some of my favourite pictures from that era, and if you want to see more, there are hundreds and about a hundred bands on the remaining site

There are three sections, local bands, touring bands, and snapshots, which are some of the crowd shots I treasure the most of all now. 

At the time 2000-2005 didn’t feel like it was a scene. It wasn’t the sixties, or the grunge era, but we definitely had such a beautiful music scene in Belfast, I will always keep fond memories of Skibunny, The Front Page, my stint working in Liberty Blue & that Little Pack we ran in for a while. 

I hope these photos bring you as much joy as they do me! Even though they are such terrible quality! 

 Dirty Stevie in The Empire,  Fallout in Katy Dalys, The Debonaire's in Auntie Annies.

Dirty Stevie in The Empire,  Fallout in Katy Dalys, The Debonaire's in Auntie Annies.

 Feline Dream, The Limelight

Feline Dream, The Limelight

 Gavin from Panda Kopanda backstage in the Limelight, on stage in Katy Dalys. 

Gavin from Panda Kopanda backstage in the Limelight, on stage in Katy Dalys. 

 Ciaran from Bloodbath Callaghan on stage in Auntie Annies, and Ciaran & Cathal near The Rotterdam

Ciaran from Bloodbath Callaghan on stage in Auntie Annies, and Ciaran & Cathal near The Rotterdam

 Duke Special at The Waterfront

Duke Special at The Waterfront

 Clockwise, Los Cabras The Front Page, The Vichy Goverment, The Uterus Women, and Goatboy in The Front Page

Clockwise, Los Cabras The Front Page, The Vichy Goverment, The Uterus Women, and Goatboy in The Front Page

 Clockwise, Iden Green in Giros, The Evangleists in The Empire, Corrigan in Auntie Annies, Funeral For a Friend in The Mandela Hall

Clockwise, Iden Green in Giros, The Evangleists in The Empire, Corrigan in Auntie Annies, Funeral For a Friend in The Mandela Hall