Excitement Builds as Belfast Music Week 2011 Approaches

Events will showcase a unique musical heritage and vibrant contemporary music scene

With the spotlight firmly fixed on Belfast as it prepares to host the MTV EMAs, the world's biggest artist, multi-million selling popstar, Rihanna has been causing a stir all on her own this week, by choosing to shoot the video for her new single ‘We Found Love’ in various locations throughout Northern Ireland.

With the excitement growing throughout the city already, the buzz is set to continue with the announcement of Belfast Music Week 2011, with 130 events taking place at venues across the city from October 30 - November 5, offering a world of choice for everyone from the hardened music fan to the tourist wishing to experience the welcome Belfast has to offer.

Belfast Music Week 2011, now in its second year, is the biggest event of its kind ever to be staged in the city. With a host of special guests and events still to be announced, Belfast Music Week is sure to be the talking point of 2011

Key events include a week of Ulster Hall Shows, music Industry expert seminars and workshops, and events throughout communities in Belfast, in shopping centres, trains, buses, on the streets of the city and everywhere in between.

The Ulster Hall shows are:

Monday, October 31
All-ages gig (14+) featuring Rainy Boy Sleep, Silhouette, Axis Of & Colly Strings presented by Volume Control and supported by BBC NI Across The Line

Tuesday, November 1
The Hoedown: 'A special night of collaboration and celebration of the Belfast Troubadour in the city’s most iconic venue' – featuring Foy Vance, Katie and the Carnival, Ben Glover, Anthony Toner, Southern, Captain Cameron & more

Wednesday, November 2
The Northern Ireland Music Awards co-hosted by AU Magazine and Oh Yeah Music Centre.

Thursday, November 3

Alzheimer’s Society benefit gig featuring The Divine Comedy, Ash & The Undertones with support by John D’Arcy

Friday, November 4
Belfast Rocks! Present The Answer & Therapy

Belfast Music Week is organised by Belfast City Council with support from the Northern Ireland Tourist Board, Tourism Ireland, Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure and the European Regional Development Fund under the European Sustainable Competitiveness Programme for Northern Ireland 2007-2013.

Mayor of Belfast, councillor Niall Ó Donnghaile, said the excitement was already starting to build for what’s set to be an unprecedented line-up of artists over the seven days.

'When we organised the first Belfast Music Week last year it was a huge success with more than 63,000 people attending over 100 gigs and events throughout the city, and generating more than £1.1m.'

NITB’s event manager Joy Bond stated: 'NITB is delighted to see Belfast Music Week return to the city bigger and better than before. With Belfast as the hub of a musical scene that pervades Northern Ireland, the events showcase the unique musical heritage and vibrant contemporary scene we are becoming famous for. With a packed music and festival calendar across the year, our musical heritage provides international standout for Belfast and Northern Ireland.

'NITB is pleased to be supporting Belfast Music Week through the NI events fund and working in partnership with Belfast City Council to deliver the MTV EMAs. We hope to encourage everyone to get out and about during Belfast Music Week and experience some of the finest local music we have to offer.'

A full programme of all Belfast Music Week events will be unveiled next month and will be available online at www.belfastmusic.org.