EastSide Arts, funded by Belfast City Council, is getting ready to host a very special evening celebrating the remarkable music of Taste at the Strand Arts Centre, East Belfast, on Thursday 3rd December. The evening will feature the Belfast premiere screening of ‘What’s Going On – Taste Live at the Isle of Wight’ along with a special Q&A with Donal Gallagher, brother of the late and legendary Taste guitarist, vocalist, composer and performer – Rory Gallagher.

Belfast is a city with which Rory Gallagher and Taste developed a special connection; many will remember savouring the thrilling intensity of their shows in the Ulster Hall and Queen’s University. That connection will be made again with this special Belfast screening, with permission courtesy of Eagle Rock Entertainment. Those who were there ‘back in the day’, and those who have come to the music a little later, are in for a fantastic evening

Taste’s performance at the Isle of Wight Festival in 1970, has now finally been released over forty five years after the event. But it has been worth the wait! The festival, in many ways the UK’s ‘Woodstock’, presented a roll-call of the biggest global acts in contemporary music, from Joni Mitchell to Jimi Hendrix. Over 600,000 people attended during the five days in late August and on the Friday afternoon, Taste delivered one of the stand-out performances of the band’s career. The esteemed ‘rockumentary’ film director, Murray Lerner, trained five cameras on the band during this historic set when Rory Gallagher, John Wilson on drums and Richard McCracken on bass played in the way that only they could. The ecstatic crowd was witness to a moment that we can now share. Taste were, and remain, unique. Sadly, they disbanded only four months later. That’s rock ‘n’ roll.

Looking forward to the evening Heather Chesney, from EastSide Arts, said:

“On behalf of EastSide Arts and our funder, Belfast City Council, we are delighted to be hosting such a special Belfast premiere evening at the Strand Arts Centre of ‘What’s Going On – Taste Live at the Isle of Wight.’  It will be a privilege to watch such a fantastic moment in musical history and to hear from Rory Gallagher’s bother Donal.  If you are a Taste fan this is certainly an event you will not want to miss.” 

‘Whats Going on – Taste Live at Isle of Wight; will be held on Thursday 3rd December at 8.30pm at Strand Arts Centre. Tickets are priced at £12 (available online only and on the door on the night, subject to availability). Visit for further details.