Sound of Belfast • 10 day programme

Sound of Belfast

Thursday 3- 12 November 2016 • 10 day programme

The Sound of Belfast is back! An exciting 10 day programme for 2016 will return on Thursday 3- 12 November 2016 and will feature 31 events including awards, gigs, showcases and industry events. The events will take place across 8 venues including The Mandela Hall, The MAC, Voodoo and The Empire. Sound of Belfast 2016 is presented by the Oh Yeah Music Centre in partnership with Live Music partner Blue Moon.

The event begins with the Help Musicians UK Launch Party taking place at the Oh Yeah Music Centre (03 Nov). This year, Help Musicians UK will use the occasion to announce ambitious plans for Northern Ireland. This leading charity for musicians of all genres are set to open a dedicated office and will start to deliver health and welfare support (including Music and Depression and #hearformusicians) plus new creative funding schemes.

The highlight of Sound of Belfast 2016 is the Northern Ireland Music Prize and the presentation of an Oh Yeah Legend Award to the band Ash (Nov 11).

Expect performances from top Northern Irish acts Ports, Ryan Vail, The Bonnevilles, Robyn G Shiels, Girls Names, Hot Cops, Jealous Of The Birds and many other native rising musicians.

Charlotte Dryden, the new CEO of Oh Yeah says, “Sound of Belfast is our way of celebrating all that is great about local music. From showcasing new talent to celebrating legends in venues across the city. What is really special is the opportunity for people to participate in some of our youth and older people events. It’s also great that we are able to keep talking and discussing opportunities and solutions for our industry, musicians and audiences through events like The Music Cities Afternoon and the Breaking Into Music Conference.”


Sound of Belfast 2016 event listings:

03 Nov | Help Musicians Launch Party | Oh Yeah Music Centre

04 Nov | Meet Help Musicians NI | Oh Yeah Music Centre

04 Nov | The Bonnevilles, The Couth, Los Reyes, The Strange Museum | Oh Yeah Music Centre

05 Nov | Family-friendly Acoustic Picnic | Oh Yeah Music Centre

05 Nov | Volume Control: Clash of the New Breeds- Live Final | Oh Yeah Music Centre

05 Nov | Malojian | The MAC

06 Nov | Ready to Roll: Studio Time for Young Bands | Start Together Studio, Oh Yeah Music Centre

06 Nov | A Day of Rest | Oh Yeah Music Centre

08 Nov | Breaking into Music Youth Conference | Oh Yeah Music Centre

08th Nov | UK Music- ‘Wish You Were Here’ Report | Oh Yeah Music Centre

08 Nov | Matua Trap & The Thin Air DJs | Lavery’s Back Bar

08 Nov | Terri Hooley’s Good Vibrations Club | Voodoo

09 Nov | Over The Hill Music Collective Album Preview and Discussion | Oh Yeah Music Centre

09 Nov | Belfast Urban Affinity 2016 | Oh Yeah Music Centre

09 Nov | Robyn G Shields, Waldorf and Cannon, Junk Drawer, Hatchet Field | Belfast Empire

10 Nov | Music Cities Afternoon | Oh Yeah Music Centre

10 Nov | Vokxen, Bosco Ramos, Petty Youth, Search Party, Emer Maguire | Oh Yeah Music Centre

10 Nov | Hornets Molarbear | Eglantine Bar

10 Nov | Tuskany, Strength, Civil Simian, Jess Edlin | Belfast Empire

11 Nov| The Northern Ireland Music Prize in Association with Blue Moon | Mandela Hall

11 Nov | The Oh Yeah Legend Award | Mandela Hall

12 Nov | #HMNITAKEOVER HMNI Bus Tour | Various pop up venues across Belfast

12 Nov | The Belfast Music Bus Tour | Begins at the Ulster Hall

12 Nov | Spectrum 2016: Mojo Fury, Gascan Ruckus, Hot Cops, Bad Fit, Life Goals, Gnarkats, Rachael Boyd, Brash Issac, Joel Harkin | Elmwood Hall

12 Nov | Back Track Soul Night with DJs: Liam Quinn, Tony Harpo Doyle, John Creaner and Dee O’Loan | Oh Yeah Music Centre

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