Belfast's AVA Festival is heading back to London

The annual dance-driven music fest is going across the water again for a packed St Patrick's weekend day of performances and industry talks

Photo by Grant Jones

Belfast’s revered AVA Festival and Conference returns to London for an almighty second outing next year, this time at the city's industrial Printworks site. An homage to it’s native roots, AVA London takes place on St. Patrick’s Day weekend, March 15, and will be a jam packed day of free talks, panels and workshops from industry giants at the top of their game, including a keynote from Belfast production duo BICEP, fresh from selling out three back to back days at the same venue.

From 11am, AVA will host a free conference including talks with leading industry figures and a tech drop-in throughout the day to provide workshops for aspiring producers and engineers. More speakers and conference activities are to be announced in the coming weeks, and those wanting to kept up to date with the latest news are encouraged to sign up at www.avafestival.com.

Moving into the night, there'll be a mix of Irish heavy-hitters alongside serious selectors. Spread across two rooms find sets from Mall Grab, Joy Orbison and Amsterdam don Job Jobse, all of whom played the AVA Boiler Room last year.

Deep Sea Frequency label boss & AVA mainstay Or:la plays, along with San Proper, colourful selector Sassy J, dynamic duo Brame + Hamo as well as rising house heroine, Sally C. AVA friends and family Swoose + Cromby, Mount Palomar and R.Kitt will round off the bill. 'What better way to spend St Patrick's weekend than with a full squadron of Irish descending on London's top dancing spot,' say the organisers.

Earlier this year AVA's Creative Director, Sarah McBriar, told Culture NI of how their first St Patrick's Day party in London, then fresh in the memory, was already one of their proudest memories. 'We had a really nice moment with the team in the green room, a real special one,' she recalled. 'The feedback that continually comes back to us is that we’ve maintained that family ethos. That feeling of being close and feeling involved. That’s very important to what we are as event and as a brand.' Read her full interview here.

Confirmed line-up so far for AVA London:

Mall Grab 
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Joy O 
Job Jobse 
Or:la 
San Proper 
Sassy J 
Brame + Hamo 
Sally C 
Swoose + Cromby 
Mount Palomar 
R.Kitt

For tickets, artist information and more go to https://avafestival.com/london/.