The Belfast Music Week 2012 brochure has finally arrived, featuring more than 250 events in 70 venues across the city. This is a dramatic increase in activity for the third year of this event, which takes place November 4-11.
There will be live music in a rich variety of places, including iconic venues such as the Ulster Hall, The Lyric Theatre and The MAC. But there will also be unique performances at Europa Bus Station, Connswater Shopping Centre, HMV record shop, An Cultúrlann and the Palm House in Botanic Gardens.
There is chamber music and hip hop, blues and electronica, talent nights, music exhibitions and traditional sessions. Stuart Bailie, CEO of the Oh Yeah, and Belfast Music Week co-ordinator, is excited that Belfast's busiest week of music is almost here.
'Last year there were 170 events over 45 venues in the Belfast Music Week programme and we’re astonished to see how the venues, bands and promoters have pulled together something even more expansive in 2012. Music continues to define us, to lift us and to energise us.'
Some of the highlights include a celebratory day at the Ulster Hall, on November 10, marking 25 years of electronic music in the city. 25 will feature industry panels and live performances from the likes of Ryan Vail, Defcon and the return of the legendary Orbital after a 20-year absence.
Barry Douglas and Cameratino perform at the Naughton Room in the Lyric Theatre on November 5. An exceptionally intimate performance, especially arranged for Belfast Music Week, with a programme of Mozart, Brahms, Breval and Mercadante.
12 cutting edge bands will play a showcase night at The Limelight on November 8. Admission is free and music industry figures will be flying in to witness the talent.
The premiere of a Two Door Cinema Club documentary, What We See, will be screened at the Queen's Film Theatre on November 5, directed by Gregg Houston. And there will be lunchtime gigs at HMV Records, Donegall Arcade, on November 5-7.
Playbacks of classic Northern Irish albums come to the Black Box Café each lunchtime from November 5-7. and a night at the former Spires centre on November 6, entitled ;In-spired’, will feature choirs and collaborations with acts such as Katie & The Carnival, Silhouette, Gareth Dunlop and Farriers.
Lord Mayor of Belfast Alderman Gavin Robinson said: 'Hosting last year’s MTV EMAs gave Belfast and its people a sense of belief that we can be a credible musical city, and to see our homegrown talent take their rightful place on a world stage is something we can all be proud of. Belfast Music Week is a celebration of our music, our artists, our industry, our venues and our unique musical community.'
Belfast City Council’s Belfast Music Week is co-ordinated by the Oh Yeah Music Centre and supported by the Northern Ireland Tourist Board, Belfast Visitor and Convention Bureau, the Arts Council of Northern Ireland and Tourism Ireland.