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So, next up is the first PAY*OLA headline show in quite a while....and it's at the frankly legendary Diamond Rock Club in Ahoghill, Co.Antrim on Saturday 22nd February....

Expect a set chock full of our best stuff...from way back right up to brand new tunes from our next album. This is a brilliant venue to see us in....we can well recommend a Saturday night roadtrip...

Plus special guests ST.HELLFIRE to get you in the mood.....

We want to see some our good friends and supporters down the front, may be the last chance in a wee while....

Oh...and huge thanks to all who checked us out with Million $ Reload at their album launch in The Pavilion Bar, Belfast - what a brilliant night that was!

PAY*OLA special guests to MILLION $ RELOAD at Album launch

SO:NI Saturdays ROCK!

MILLION $ RELOAD As Real As It Gets - Live Album Launch

One of the finest Hard Rock bands you'll find anywhere - huge, gutsy riffs and the songs to match - M$R launch their incendiary new live album As Real As It Gets with their first Belfast headliner in quite some time - sure to be a mighty show....

Plus Special Guests..

PAY*OLA - perennial Belfast rockers take time out from recording their 3rd album to play this one-off guest slot. Big songs, passionate delivery and an in-yer-face performance...

YELLOW SAM - Heady blues rock in the vein of Free & Bad Company - one of the best new NI rock bands to emerge over the last couple of years..

STEFAN MURRAY - Acoustic troubadour, well known on the NI rock scene, opens the show with an acoustic set...

The Pavilion Bar, Belfast (Ormeau Road) Saturday 1st February 2014 Doors 8.30pm, admjission £6

Plus The Pavilion's usual brilliant array of drinks promos - beers / spirits and just about everything else...

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SO:NI Presents....

PAY*OLA - 15 Years of Rock'n'Roll - Anniversary Show! SMOKING TONGUE EZEKIEL BOOM NATHAN MILLER

Hague's Bar, Lisburn (Chapel Hill) Thursday 25th July 2013 Doors 8.30pm, admission £4.50

& drinks promos, including £2.50 bottled beers & alcopos and cocktail offers!

SO:NI in Lisburn on the last Thursday of each month!

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Local promoters SO:NI (Sounds of N.I) host the latest in their monthly series of Lisburn showcase gigs at Hague’s Bar on Thursday 25th July. This promises to be a doubly special event as it includes an anniversary celebration for the headline band, and also serves as a warm-up party for one of Northern Ireland’s biggest festivals!

The gig will be headlined by Lisburn/Belfast rock’n’roll band Pay*ola – a widely renowned live act who this summer are celebrating 15 years together, and who are taking time out from working on their next album to play a few select anniversary gigs. With half the band hailing from the Lisburn area, and Hague’s Bar being one of their favourite venues to play – this show had to be on the agenda! Pay*ola plays passionate, melodic and gutsy hard rock with big hooks and a ferocious delivery – always worth catching in such an intimate venue. Expect tunes spanning their entire career, from all 9 of their CD releases.

Special guests on the night are Smoking Tongue – a Lisburn outfit who have really found their feet of late, moulding their soulful and intense rock sound into a potent force. The band has expanded to a 5-piece, revamped its line-up and has been playing its best shows and writing its best songs to date. They won last year’s Lisburn Battle of the Bands and haven’t looked back since.

Also playing is Ezekiel Boom – a band built around Lisburn native, and current Bristol resident Alan Kennedy and his unique acoustic approach – involving poetry, comedy, occasionally singing in French and quite often full pirate costumes. An act that truly has to be seen (and heard) to be believed!

Opening the show is highly talented acoustic troubadour Nathan Miller, who has played in various local outfits, including Whanau, Iago, Ruhk and Invinyl.

All of these acts share something in common – they will all play at Sunflowerfest 2013, to be held at Tubby’s Farm near Hillsborough on 9-11 August – and this night will serve a s something of a warm-up party and promotional event for the festival. Sunflowerfest is now in its 4th year, and you can check out this year’s excellent line-up at www.sunflowerfest.co.uk.

Doors for this show open at 8.30pm, admission is still only £4.50 – with plenty of drinks promotions on the night. The SO:NI shows will continue on the last Thursday of each month, and the team are always on the lookout for new bands in the area. Join them at www.facebook.com/soni.live1


SO:NI Presents....


PAY*OLA - XV 15 Years of Rock'n'Roll

- Evergreen Belfast rockers return to their favourite venue and "spiritual home" for a celebration of 15 years of the band! Expect a setlist spanning their entire career to date - hard, melodic, gutsy and passionate rock since '98...

SHAKE! - Powerful, hook laden female fronted melodic rock with a power pop edge - big tunes and tons of energy

YELLOW CAR NO RETURN - The finest Fermanagh power trio since Mamas Boys - a truly unique band who sound like the bastard sons of Rory Gallagher and Eddie Van Halen

SHADES OF JONAH - Co.Down trio with sprinklings of The Who and Pearl Jam, and a clutch of quality tunes - their first ever Empire show

The Empire Music Hall, Belfast (Botanic Avenue) Thursday 20th June 2013 Doors 8.30pm, admission £5

Plus drinks promos on the night!

The Summer Rocks gigs are one of the highlights of the SO:NI calendar - do no miss this....

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PAY*OLA - Last Show of 2012!

SO:NI Presents.....

Rock'n'Roll Christmas!


- Farewell Belfast Show - one of the finest Irish rock bands of the last 10 years plays their last ever gig in Belfast. A consistently excellent live act with top notch tunes - let's give them the big Belfast send-off they deserve, at the city's finest venue!

& Special Guests PAY*OLA - Hard, melodic rock'n'roll and a gutsy explosive live show

& ROSIE BROADWAY - new Belfast quartet play classic rock with a unique edge

THE FILTHY ANGELS - low down, sleazy rock'n'roll from the depths of Fermanagh!

Empire Music Hall, Belfast (Botanic Avenue) Thursday 20th December 2012 Doors 8.30pm, Admission £5.50

(Free Copy of the Pay*ola EP "Hope & Design" for the first 25 punters!)

Loads of Xmas drinks promos!

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SO:NI Presents...

PAY*OLA "Hope & Design" EP - Lisburn Launch


Hague's Bar, Lisburn (Chapel Hill) - NEWLY REFURBISHED! Thursday 28th November 2012 Doors 8.30pm, Admission £4.50

Drinks promos - including £2.50 bottled beers & alcopos

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Local promoters SO:NI host the latest in their popular series of live shows at Hague’s Bar in Lisburn on Thursday 29th November, and another high quality 4 band bill has been assembled!

The gig will be headlined by Pay*ola – a hard rock band with many links to the city, and a reputation for passionate, energy fuelled performances at every show they play. This will be the band’s first Lisburn show since releasing their new “Hope & Design” EP – a 5 track CD showcasing the full scope of their sound, from the hard edged riffing on “Hard to Define” to the big ballad “Cassette”. The EP is available at iTunes and all good online retailers, though the band will be giving free copies of the CD to the first 25 paying punters at this show!

Special guests are St.Hellfire – a loud and raw rock’n’roll outfit from Lisburn, with guitars set to “crunch” and songs which are a cocktail of gasoline and adrenaline! Led by twin vocalists Mark Fanjo & Ian Baxter, this band is an in your face experience.

Also on the bill – and playing their first ever Lisburn show is brand new heavy rock band from Banbridge – The Screaming Eagles are another full throttle rock band with a huge sound, featuring the highly powerful vocals of Chris Fry. This is a debut not to be missed!

Kicking off the night is another relatively new band – Yellow Sam from Co.Armagh add an element of blues to the classic rock mix, reminiscent of the bands Free & Bad Company, and also feature a quality vocalist in Jordan Feighan.

This is as good a rock line-up as you will see anywhere in the country and promises to be a great night out, with many drinks promos and the usual welcoming SO:NI atmosphere. Also – Hague’s Bar has recently undergone a makeover, having been extensively refurbished, and is now an even better venue for live music. Doors open at 8.30pm, admission is only £4.50. SO:NI are always on the lookout for new bands in the Lisburn area to play their shows – join them on Facebook by searching Soni Live. The Christmas show at Hague;s will depart from the usual "last Thursday of the month" slot, taking place on Wednesday 19th December, with The Dead Presidents headlining.





- One of N.I's most renowned rock bands celebrate the worldwide online release of their 5-track Hope & Design EP with this intimate hometown gig. Big riffs, big tunes and always a full-on live show - mixing classic rock power crunch with power-pop songwriting suss.


- exciting new Belfast outfit, adding some funk to the rock pot

& MUDBLIND - Blues rock power trio - recent finalists in the Kraken Sounds comp

The Pavilion Bar, Belfast (Ormeau Road) Friday 26th October 2012 Doors 8.30pm, Admission £5

As always at The Pavilion there will be a multitude of fantastic drinks promos!

The new Pay*ola EP "Hope & Design" is now available to download at iTunes & all other good online retailers.

The first 20 paying punters at this show will also receive a FREE copy of the EP on CD!

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Sunflower In The City!

PAY*OLA play the Sunflower in the City event at HMV Belfast this Saturday 30th June, to promote our slot at Sunflowerfest 2012 (we play the Fest on Friday 17th August) - and also to launch our brand new EP - Hope & Design....which will be on sale at the show.

We will also have copies of both of our albums on sale - Optimism Will Destroy Me and Try Everything Twice (VERY few copies of this one left!)

SEVEN SUMMITS will also be playing at this event. We are on stage at 1.30pm, SS at 1pm.

Admission is copmpletely FREE, and all ages are welcome. This is also an ideal time to pick up your tickets for Sunflowerfest - HMV is an official ticket agent...and you do NOT want to miss this festival :-)