Terri Hooley a legendary music figure, known as the Godfather of Punk in Belfast, after 20 years in the making, in 2011 saw his story brought to live on the big screen. The film Good Vibrations, documents how Hooley friend of Hurricane Higgins and George Best, tongue in cheek opened up a music shop and created a record label calling both Good Vibrations at the height of the Troubles in 1978 in the heart of Belfast. Nurturing punk and new wave bands such as Rudi, Protex and The Moondogs, Hooley put Belfast on the international music map.
This film will be screened as part of the closing night event of the North West Music and Film Fest inhe Model, Sligo on Nov 24th at 8pm, with special guests Hooley present and a Q&A with its directors and producer David Holmes. Snow Patrol friend of Hooley helped to fund the film and the renowned David Holmes produced its sound track.
Best known for discovering The Undertones and recording their classic song Teenage Kicks its seems only appropriate the NorthWest Film and Music Fest screens Good Vibrations and has the iconic punk band perform straight afterward.
To say that Hooley is a charismatic individual is an understatement; Terri is a force of nature. As part of his label he promoted Rudi, the Outcasts, Stiff Little Fingers and he also helped to promote the Undertones themselves, getting their record, Teenage Kicks, the John Peel in England, and the rest is history. These days, Terri is known for his Walking Tours of Belfast, which usually ends up in the pub; he is full of anarchic energy. Terri will be attending the North West Film and Music Fest, and will be here for the screening of Good Vibrations and certainly will be in attendance for the 10pm gig by his friends The Undertones.
Iconic punk and rock band from Derry join us for the final night of this year’s North West Music & Film Fest Sat Nov 24 at 10pm following the screening of the film, Good Vibrations at 8pm.
Good Vibrations is a chronicle of Terri’s Hooley’s life, a record-store owner instrumental in developing Belfast’s punk-rock scene, aka the Godfather of Belfast Punk. Produced by David Holmes, who over-sees all the music in the film. There will be Q and A session with directors Lisas Barros D’Sa & Glenn Leyburn, prior to the screening.
Much loved by John Peel, and originally fronted by Fergal Sharkey – the band reconvened in 2003 with original members John and Damian O’Neill, Michael Bradley, Billy Doherty and Paul McLoone replacing Sharkey. A radio producer and presenter hailing from the same part of Derry as the rest of the band, Paul McLoone was asked to join the group as Sharkey’s replacement for a reunion tour in 1999, and they haven’t looked back since. Actually making him a band member for a longer period; 12 years compared to Sharkey’s original eight.
Their signature tune is ‘Teenage Kicks’ but the band have recorded other notable songs such as ‘Get Over You’, ‘It’s Going To Happen’, ‘You Got My Number’, ‘Chain Of Love’, ‘My Perfect Cousin’ and ‘Wednesday Week’.
With a combination of sharp thundering punk-pop perfection, coupled with a genuine rapport from both band and fans alike, the atmosphere at this gig is sure to be electric. McLoone possess a dynamic onstage presence which more than makes up for Sharkey’s absence.
Variety may be the spice of life, but sometimes you just want to know exactly what you’re going to get, and for any Undertones or punk partisan this is a night you won’t want to miss.
Tickets are limited
Undertones– 25 Euro. Good Vibrations- 10 Euro .
Book as soon as you can!!