Panama Kings

Panama Kings

 Belfast, N Ireland, GBR

"Leading the charge of Northern Irish music"(AU Magazine Panama Kings cover feature), PKs are at the forefront of a vibrant Belfast music scene. Freely mixing musical genres, combining guitars and electronica with ease, creating songs with soul and beats; frontman Niall Kennnedy leading the charge


PANAMA KINGS are Niall, Stu, and Ricky, three boys at the forefront of the current thriving new Northern Ireland music scene, described in a cover feature headline in AU Magazine as "leading the charge of Northern Irish music".

Their song 'Children' was voted by the readers of AU Magazine as one of the top five Northern Irish songs of the last five years, resulting in them being the first unsigned band to appear on the cover - (the previous month it had been Biffy Clyro, the following Franz Ferdinand) - even more of an achievement because the song had only been available on the band’s MySpace or heard at live gigs. ‘Children’ (‘Your Children Are Screaming) was subsequently released as a Ltd. Edition single and remains a live favourite.

As the band get into their stride in 2010, Niall Kennedy's forthright lyrics and guitars are heading towards a more electronic mash-up on the newest material and they are about to play their second headlining gig at Belfast's prestigous Mandela Hall venue.

At the end of 2009 Panama Kings were invited as guests on the A To Z tour with Ash - an alphabetical jaunt around the UK - 26 gigs all sold out, starting in Aldershot and ending at Zennor in Cornwall, with fully committed performances each night resulting in them being picked up by booking agent Steve Strange at X-Ray Touring. To coincide with the tour, the band recorded a live session at the Oh Yeah Centre in Belfast and were assisted by Strummerville, the Joe Strummer musician’s support charity, turning the tracks into the Strummerville/Oh Yeah Live Sessions CD.

Ash have their own studio in Brooklyn and since the two bands have now become good friends, Panama Kings hope to be recording a debut album there in New York later in 2010.

‘Golden Recruit’ was the band’s first official single released summer 2009 on Broken Sound, produced and recorded by producer/DJ/Radio One presenter Alex Metric, who highlighted the Panama Kings potent blend of guitars and electro beats. The single picked up plays on Radio One (Zane Lowe), across XFM and BBC 6 Music, increasing the buzz around the band. They were invited and played as part of the NME/Shockwaves tour in February 2010 and currently, when they are not gigging or working on songs for the album, they can be found every Friday night DJing or playing an impromptu live set at their own alternative/electro club night 'Blackout' in Belfast.


'Young Blood' (We Collect Records) Debut EP/single (August 2008) CD/download
'Children'(No Dancing Records) (Nov 2008) Limited Ed. 7"vinyl/download
'Golden Recruit' (Broken Sounds Records) (May 2009) 10" vinyl/download
Strummerville/Oh Yeah Sessions (CD EP) (Oct 2009) - four new live session tracks