Steve Albini to Speak in Belfast

Rock super-producer behind acclaimed albums by Nirvana and more set to appear at second Output music conference in February

One of the world’s top music producers is to visit Belfast next year to inspire those working in the industry here.

Steve Albini – who has worked with the likes of Nirvana, Pixies, Manic Street Preachers, The Stooges and dozens of others – will be the keynote speaker at Belfast City Council’s second Output Belfast conference, which takes place at The MAC on Thursday, February 18.

It will be his only speaking engagement in Europe in 2016, thus offering a unique opportunity for a Belfast audience to gain insights from one of the most acclaimed and respected figures in the music business.

The conference is expected to be attended by around 350 local artists, businesses and students, and will address the challenges and opportunities that the music industry presents, highlighting the key role that music and performance plays within Northern Ireland’s buoyant creative industries sector.

Councillor Deirdre Hargey, Chair of the council’s City Growth and Regeneration Committee, said: 'The economic and cultural contribution and potential of the creative industries is widely acknowledged.

'The council is committed to supporting those working in the fields of film, music, digital media and design to achieve their true economic and creative potential. This unique one day event is designed to provide a high quality, internationally recognised conference and showcasing event that will help to underpin and accelerate the development of skills, networks and market opportunities for artists and businesses in Belfast’s burgeoning music industry sector.'

Organised by Belfast City Council in partnership Generator NI, the conference will include panel discussions, music sessions, workshops and speed networking events as well as keynote speeches from award-winning musicians and managers of globally recognised talent.

At night, the emphasis will switch to live music, with a series of free pop-up gigs at venues across the city centre.

Known for the DIY philosophies behind his day-to-day practice and for speaking his mind on grievances with the industry, Albini is responsible for engineering some of alternative rock's most influential recordings, including Nirvana's In Utero and Pixies' Doolittle. He also fronts the band Shellac.

Full details of the conference speakers will be announced mid-January. Registration is now open at www.outputbelfast.com.