Alternative Ulster was a Northern Ireland based magazine that was in publication from 2003 until 2012. It started out life as a radio show and website in 2002, before evolving into a fully fledged magazine in June 2003. The aim of the magazine was to cover the burgeoning Northern Irish music scene. We felt that there was talent in NI that was every bit as good as talent from anywhere else in the world, so we decided to treat it in exactly the same way. We interviewed, photographed and featured NI bands alongside the cream of the international world. Our thinking was that if someone picked up the magazine because Biffy Clyro were on the cover, and they then found out about And So I Watch You From Afar as a result, then this was mission accomplished.
The 81 issues that we published are a testament to how well this worked, and to how much amazing talent there is from this part of the world. That doesn’t just mean the bands and artists we featured, but also includes the writers, photographers, designers and illustrators who all made the magazine as brilliant as it was.
We hope you enjoy this archive, and over time we will expand the history to include the full story. It was a hell of a ride.