MARTIN RAFFERTY & THE NORTHERN CITY LIGHTS
NEW SINGLE “THE WAY WE USED TO BE” IS OUT 23rd MARCH
FIRST UK & IRISH LIVE SHOWS ANNOUNCED FOR 2018
“Straightforward, epic, rock and roll” – Band Habits
“Without a doubt, the best EP I’ve heard this year” – Fly Magazine
“One of the most remarkable projects I’ve seen since Oasis” – Radar
Hotly-tipped Irish rockers Martin Rafferty And The Northern City Lights will release their brand new single, “The Way We Used To Be” on 23rd March 2018.
Martin Rafferty was born and raised on a housing estate in Armagh City where he listened endlessly to Bruce Springsteen, Oasis, Green Day, Foo Fighters and The Gaslight Anthem and dreamed of being a rock star. Alongside his band The Northern City Lights, he has now taken a significant step towards making that dream a reality, creating quite a stir with the release of his 5-track debut “Last Brigade EP” in 2017. Having already fulfilled a dream by recording in the historic Studio 3 at London’s Abbey Road Studios, the debut EP was recorded at Manor Park Studio, Co. Antrim in conjunction with producer Neal Calderwood and EP tracks have already gained serious rotation on 200+ US radio stations, been licensed by 20 major TV networks such as FOX, ESPN, E! Television, Discovery, National Geographic, NASCAR and Spike, and blasted out in big US sports arenas throughout the USA in 2017.
New single “The Way We Used To Be” was written by Martin as an apology to his girlfriend at the time, telling the story of them arguing, breaking up and getting back together again, and dealing with the frustration that anything he would ever do could not seemingly improve their relationship.
In the past two years, Martin Rafferty & The Northern City Lights have toured colleges, clubs and festivals across the USA (including one memorable show where they wowed more than 20,000 fans at the Rock The Fort Festival in El Paso, Texas), rocked the MTV Festival in Belfast and headlined venues such as London’s O2 Islington Academy, Proud Galleries (Camden) and Liverpool’s legendary Cavern Club, home to so many of Martin’s beloved Beatles’ early gigs.
All this buzz is directly related to his mission – as Martin himself says, “I want to reach the people that live for the weekend and surround themselves with all of their mates to celebrate life. My songs are generally about feeling frustrated by the establishment, about relationships, the working class and unemployment, but I want to deliver something positive out of it all and send a message of hope that is uplifting to peoples’ everyday lives.”
Martin Rafferty & The Northern City Lights’ can also today announce their first confirmed UK & Irish live shows for 2018 – dates as follows;
Sun 11 February Llandudno – Venue Cymru
Sat 24 February London – Camden Rocks at Nightclub Kolis N19
Sat 17 March Whitchurch – Percy's Cafe Bar
Sun 18 March Manchester – Fab Cafe
Tue 20 March London – The Bedford
Wed 21 March Derby – The Victoria Inn
Thu 22 March Hertford – Dog And Whistle
Fri 23 March London – 229 Club
Sun 25 March Mansfield – The Diamond
Mon 26 March Bath - St James Wine Vaults
Thu 29 March London – Dublin Castle
Fri 30 March North Shields – The Exchange
Sat 28 April Armagh City – The Northern Bar
Sun 27 May Sudbury (Suffolk) - LeeStock Festival
Thu 21 June Dublin – The Workmans Club
Sat 25 August Llandudno – TVWStock Music Festival
Tickets for all shows are on-sale from usual agents now.
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