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Biography

  • Years Active

    2001 – present (17 years)

Pocket Billiards are a 9-piece band from Belfast, Ireland that fuse ska, reggae and dub with
punk rock and heavy riffs, creating an energetic and powerful sound. The band have been
performing and touring for over 10 years and have played with some of the best ska and punk
bands in the world - The Specials, Bad Manners, The Selecter and The Undertones to name
but a few.

Pocket Billiards love music, and they also love having fun. The band are well known for
inciting an infectious party atmosphere at their live performances. In 2011 Pocket Billiards
were nominated for “Best Live Act” in the first ever Northern Ireland Music Awards. 2012
saw the band release their much anticipated second album "Last Chance To Dance" and undertake a mammoth European tour, as well as perform at a plethora of festivals and events.

Pocket Billiards continue to fly the flag for the local music scene and show no signs of letting
up, so raise your elbows and your feet for Belfast’s very own ska punk legends!

“…one of the country’s best acts.”
~ Alternative Ulster Magazine

“Their sound is huge…”
“…Your feet just can't keep still”

~ Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival

“…recalling The Clash, The Pogues, Elvis Costello and Ian Dury, with a dash of American
punk and country funk to sweeten the mix…”
“…it’s as punk as they come, Clashing The Specials and Rage Against The Machine.”

~ BBC Across The Line

“Pocket Billiards know how to pick out the best bits.”
~ Rocksound Magazine

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