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Daniel Ek and Martin Lorentzon’s downloadable media player Spotify seems to be the next big online bandwagon. With just over 250,000 UK users, this social media phenomenon still has a way to go to reach the cult status enjoyed recently by the social network Twitter but with news coverage appearing across the globe Spotify is well on its way.

The concept behind the media player is instant access to millions of songs, streaming live from the internet to your PC without having to download them. The best part is, it’s free! Well, to a certain extent. On the Spotify homepage you can select the free version, which means you have to listen to an advert every few songs, a day pass which allows you ad-free content for 24 hours for £0.99 and the premium service which allows the user to stream music, with no ads, straight to their PC for £9.99 a month.

The site also provides the ability to create and share playlists with friends and family online. This is being described as one of the service’s greatest functions, bringing together users through the medium of music. Users like Sur Duke create playlists and post them on the internet to share with everyone. The creator Daniel Ek has said, “We are huge music fans ourselves,”.

“We set up Spotify to cater for that demand, but, at the same time, create a functioning revenue stream for artists and labels.”

The site is being praised as a revolution in digital music listening and some of the big names in the industry are hoping it will bring an end to illegal file sharing. Others, though, are worried about the effect it will have on ownership. Even with the millions of songs already online, Spotify have still only got access to around 5% of the music industries content. The application has sparked a lot of controversy on recent weeks at a time when music copyright hasn’t really been out of the news.

Spotify functions beautifully, is incredibly user friendly and it looks good too. There is still a long way to go to get more users and more content and there will more than likely be a few more disputes over copyright ownership and infringement between the Spotify owners and the music industry.


I found a great artist recently through a couple of friends. Her name is Laura Marling and her new single, cross your fingers is out on June 9th 2008.

She has a beautiful voice and an interesting writing style. Her songs are both lyrically and musically beautiful and very listenable. She is obviously influenced by folk and country music as alot of her music has that kind of sound. However, some of it is very different and it’s all very good.

Miss Marling tore up the festival scene last year and has toured with a number of UK artists, including Jamie T, who personally invited her on tour with him last year after he attended her second-ever gig. She released her debut album, Alas I cannot swim in February 2008. You can listen to some of her tracks here:


She is playing at Auntie Annies in Belfast on the 2nd of July 2008. You can find out more information about the gig on their site:

Auntie Annies

And you can buy tickets here:


For only £9.00 its definitely worth a peek. I’ll be there and I hope to see you there too.


So, I went to see the Wombats the other night – Tuesday 27th May – in the Mandela Hall in Belfast. It was an awesome gig to say the least; great atmosphere, great music and a great venue. I really enjoyed the night.

The interesting thing is, though, that I’m not really the biggest Wombats fan in the world. I bought the ticket a few months ago because I was offered it and it was only £13.50, and I thought I’d just go because I love live music so much. At this point I don’t think I’d actually heard The Wombats except for maybe one song.

I spent the next few months listening to them and getting into the band. I really like their sound and, although they’re pretty mainstream I do think there’s something fresh about them. Plus, as a diehard Beatles fan, I could never say no to a liverpudlian accent.

I was talking with a friend, who was at the gig and in pretty much the same situation as me and we both agreed that seeing a band live was a great way to first get aquainted with them.

On to the gig itself though. The band were really good. They opened with the wonderful and well known Girls, Boys And Marsupials and continued along those lines, with their awesome mix of indie pop and beautiful harmonies. The atmosphere really added to the experience as it does at any gig and this was mostly due to the Wombats themselves. You could really tell they were enjoying themselves and that makes you enjoy yourself too.

The support band were pretty awesome too. They’re called General Fiasco and they’re from Belfast. They had some really nice songs and the singer has a great voice. Check out their myspace to listen to a couple of their tunes. General Fiasco

All in all, the gig was fantastic. I’d reccomend it to anyone to go and see them. They won’t be back in Northern Ireland on their current tour but you can catch them at Oxegen, Glastonbury and T in the Park, to name but a few of the festivals they’ll be attending. If you get the chance go and have a look. It’s definitely worth it.


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