Jim Carroll

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Goodbye AU magazine

Very sad news to report from Belfast about the brilliant AU magazine pulling the plug after nine years and 81 issues. While the website will continue to operate on a voluntary basis, the print issue, which was easily one of …

Mon, Apr 2, 2012, 13:51

   

Very sad news to report from Belfast about the brilliant AU magazine pulling the plug after nine years and 81 issues. While the website will continue to operate on a voluntary basis, the print issue, which was easily one of the best Irish music magazines we’ve come across, will cease due to a cut in funding from the Arts Council of Northern Ireland.

AU magazine is not the first or the last music magazine which will disappear in this manner. You don’t need OTR to wring its hands and recite the litany of titles who have passed on in recent times. In the case of AU, though, it’s particularly sad because I’ve watched the magazine grow, improve, develop, spread its wings beyond its northern base and become a very fine publication. It was always going to be difficult for any music publication to buck the prevailing trends – just look at the current state of the UK market, for instance – but AU, with some clever funding work, seemed to well set. Sadly, it was not to be. Best of luck to Jonny Tiernan, Chris Jones and everyone else at the title for the future. We shall be definitely hearing from them again.