Plus Dig With It soundtrack and visuals.
New Pagans, Lemonade Shoelace and Winnie Ama represent some of the most inspiring, alternative voices from the local music scene. They are brought together for this special EastSide Arts event by Dig With It, a quarterly magazine from Belfast that champions music, arts and counter-culture.
New Pagans recently completed a European tour with Skunk Anansie, celebrating the latter act’s 25th anniversary. New Pagans won the Best Live Act award in the NI Music Awards in 2020. Their shows are intelligent, loud and visceral, showcasing the immense songs from their debut album, The Seed, The Vessel, The Roots and All.
Lemonade Shoelace was instigated Ruairí Richman, a vivid, leftfield composer who merges dance culture with pop fizz. He recently won an international contest, Musicians Wanted, led by Vans, the skatewear company. The prize was a gig in Mexico, opening for Yungblud. Lemonade Shoelace is a fully-developed act now, expanding beyond the debut Autopilot Paradise and fixing to further that international profile.
Winnie Ama was this year’s artist-in-residence at Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival. Raised in south Belfast, she currently works out of London. During a youthful visit to New Orleans, she came to understand and love America’s jazz legacy. She travelled to Budapest where there was a random meeting with the Belgian DJ and music entrepreneur, Francis Groove. Her music combines soul, R&B and jazz with outstanding songwriter smarts.