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Problem Patterns

Punk // Belfast, Antrim // She/Her She/They

Problem Patterns is a four-piece feminist queer punk band from Belfast, Northern Ireland, comprised of Beverley Boal, Bethany Crooks, Ciara King and Alanah Smith.

The band does not have a singular front person, opting instead to switch roles and instruments, to ensure each member in the group has a voice. While often lyrically tongue in cheek, they use their music as a form of catharsis. Most importantly, Problem Patterns aim to create a space of inclusivity and hope, for both themselves and the listener.

Formed in November 2018, their debut single, “Allegedly”, was recorded and released within their first month together. They released their debut EP, ‘Good For You, Aren’t You Great?’ in July 2019.

2023 proves to be the biggest year yet for Problem Patterns. Having now signed to UK-based label Alcopop! Records, the band have announced their debut album, 'Blouse Club', will be released later in the year.

Problem Patterns have been part of multiple notable compilations, including ‘A Litany Of Failures’ and ‘Bangers & Mash Ups’, the latter being a charity compilation that the band curated in support of She Sells Sanctuary.

The band have been nominated for Best Live Act at the Northern Ireland Music Prize in 2020 and 2022. They have toured with Bob Vylan and have played notable support slots for Le Tigre, Crawlers, and Fight Like Apes. Live shows are furious, celebratory and uplifting. Outbreaks of fun and positive havoc are part of the experience.