Pocket Billiards

"Belfast's own Ska Punk Legends"

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Band Bio

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!

Views & Reviews Online

"...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."
William Johnston - BBC Across The Line

"...don't miss this band, surely yet another highlight of the (SAI Festival) weekend.."
The Scene (www.scene.ie)

"Pocket Billiards will get everyone in a party mood"
David Roy - The Irish News

"...they play ultra catchy songs that get stuck in your head ... their popularity never wanes."
Baron - www.leavinghope.co.uk

"...Pocket Billiards cranked it up a notch. The band combines punk, ska, metal and reggae into one wonderful package"
"...The highlight of the set was 'Big Mistake' - a riproaring song that has hit written all over it"
BBC Across The Line

"...Your feet just can't keep still"
Cathedral Quater Festival

"Their sound is huge..."
"...the set thrilled the audience and reckless dancing ensued"
Claire McCallion - NIChart.com


"A seminal slab of wax... their self titled album is one of the best records of the year"
Hot Press

"...the best in contemporary ska, Pocket Billiards realise the importance of picking out the best bits." 7/10
Rocksound Magazine

"Over the last seven years Pocket Billiards have matured into one of the country’s best acts"
AU Magazine

"One thing you will not get with some of the other bands breaking today is an unrivalled originality - welcome the return of Ska Punk boys and girls..."
The Belfast Beat

"...the long-running Pocket Billiards continue to fly the flag for nine-piece ska thrills"
Andrew Johnston - The News Letter

"...it was a big relief to read about the refreshingly unassuming Pocket Billiards from Northern Ireland who give us no bullshit answers and are for once, the real McCoy"
EVERLONG #7 (Bristol Punk Fanzine)