Gigs and Reviews


Forthcoming Gigs

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Saturday 13th August, 2017

McCrum's 5th Rocking BBQ

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Saturday 22nd April, 2017

Dead Society MCC, 4th Annual Rock Night

Antrim British Legion, 2 Lough Road, Antrim

£5 Admission - 8.00 pm start

Riff Diamond, supported by Electric Vultures and James Hamilton

Reviews

Saturday 11th March, 2017

Tailgunners RC - 6th Annual Rock Night, Belfast

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Saturday 28th January, 2017

Coach Rocks @ The Coach Inn, Banbridge

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Friday 18th November, 2016

Whiskey Mick's, Downpatrick

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Saturday 12th November, 2016

Alexander's Bar, Lisburn

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Friday 7th October, 2016

Fibber Magee's, Dublin

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Saturday 1st October, 2016

The Ivy, Newtownards

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Friday 16th September, 2016

Downpatrick Culture Night

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Thursday 25th August, 2016

Fa Joe's, Lurgan

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Saturday 20th August, 2016

The Ivy, Newtownards

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Tuesday 16th August, 2016

Alexander's Bar, Lisburn

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Sunday 14th August, 2016

McCrum's 4th Rocking BBQ

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Friday 29th July, 2016

Charity Rock Night: O'Reilly's Bar, Banbridge

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Friday 25th March, 2016

Oh Yeah Centre, Belfast

Talk about good value: 3 hours of music for the insignificant sum of £5.00. The evening opened with the Thieves of Ennui performing their own variety of high-energy indie rock. We suggest you check this band out as the music is well worth it and they’re nice guys in addition. Thanks for supporting us and we hope we can do it again in the near future.

With the audience nicely warmed up, Riff Diamond kicked off an extended set with the clarion call of Shadow Man swiftly followed by the haunting refrain of Masquerade: demonstrating the dynamism and subtlety of the band, the full range of Becky’s vocals and both the power and delicacy of Conal’s guitar licks inside the first 10 minutes. Shauna and John, as ever, showed just how much a solid and flawless rhythm section brings to the table.

A few technical problems affected the first few numbers but these were resolved and the band was able to get back into its stride. There must be something going on here, since the exact same problem cropped up when the band played the same venue back in December 2015. Song followed song and the band continued to ‘hit their straps’ to popular acclaim and then really got into their stride for the last 30 minutes or so. Highlights on the night were a stormin’ cover of Smoke on the Water, the debut of the oh-so-bluesy new track Live Wire and a rendition of I Promise You that sent shivers down the author’s spine. Next up: O’Reilly’s in Banbridge on 29th April.


Friday 29th April, 2016

O’Reilly’s, Banbridge

Definitely the place to have been for strong female vocals and wailing guitars! Rosco’s Riot came down from Belfast to treat everyone to their guitar-branded metal, although most thought their new ballad number was the pick of their set. Vendetta Love travelled from Portlaoise to deliver their striking solos and Elevation Falls from Dublin rounded off the evening with a high energy set mixing originals with a healthy dose of Thin Lizzy covers.  Riff Diamond displayed the professionalism and musicianship that is fast becoming their hallmark and had the room jumping by the time they reached their cover of “Whole Lotta Love” (check it out on the Riff Diamond YouTube channel).

Stand out tracks on the night were “Kick in the Teeth” where the blend of distorted lead line and ‘sticky’ bass came across so well, a solid up-tempo “Count Me Out” featuring Becky at her seductive best and a virtuoso “Voodoo Child (Slight Return)” that left a few jaws hanging open.


Saturday 7th May, 2016

The Ivy, Newtownards

Our thanks to Killer Kudos for a solid set of covers that got the audience in the mood and, of course, for providing the PA system. This was their first outing and they delivered a solid and thoroughly enjoyable set of classic covers.

This was a good chance to spread our wings and play for 90+ minutes as the headline act, and we made the most of it in customary Riff Diamond style: playing for over 90 minutes without a break.

Despite the postage-stamp sized stage, the band really got cooking and treated those smart enough and/or lucky enough to be present. The main memories of the night are a fantastic cover of “Whole Lotta Love” that had everyone, without exception, up on the dance floor and a rendition of “Heart in my Hands” that displayed both a haunting vocal and an almost operatic grandeur in the music … and some virtuoso guitar playing to close with “Voodoo Child”.


Friday 3rd June, 2016

McHugh’s, Belfast

From the opening bars of “Shadow Man”, it was as though someone had hit a switch and the room lit up. Everything stepped up a notch or two: tone, atmosphere, energy and presence. The band was definitely in the groove and soon had more people coming down from the upstairs bar to listen. “I Promise You” and “Love Hate” stood out; the former for the powerful vocal and the latter for a solid, professional band playing at their peak and, most importantly, enjoying doing what they do best.

Earlier, we were entertained with an acoustic set and some interesting commentary from the Thieves of Ennui, some great harmonies and a Buggles cover from The Pottingers and a tour of southern US rock and some interesting knee action from The Rival Movement. On Parole rounded off the evening with a quick thrash of heavy metal.


Friday 24th June, 2016

O’Reilly’s, Banbridge

Back to O’Reilly’s for quite a night as the headline act. The icing on the cake was being interviewed by the Mad Arse Biker himself for Rock Radio.

Matt O’Reilly and S.L.U.T.S. opened the evening’s entertainment with acoustic sets, followed by an accomplished set from Periapt (well worth catching this band live) and an energetic and raw set from Electric Blue. Then, Riff Diamond closed out the night in fine style, hitting their straps right from the off and building the energy to a crescendo. It’s the first time any of us have seen a member of the audience come forward and kiss the singer on the cheek to say thank you for a fabulous cover of a rock classic!

There is no better way to describe the hour-long set than to use the words of others: “Your performance last night was outstanding… with original songs and a few covers that had the audience hooked right from the start”, “I have to say that Riff Diamond are one of the best bands on the scene …” and “… an absolute pleasure working with such a professional, friendly talented band with a fantastic attitude.”

And the stand-out song of the night? It has to be “Diamond Heart” for the intimate and soulful vocal and, of course, for the delicate and subtle solo that Gilmour himself would have been proud to have produced.