Belfast Music Week 2012

The week-long celebration of Northern Irish music returns from November 4 - 11

Belfast is gearing up for another week-long celebration of music as details were announced today of the city’s third Belfast Music Week (November 4-11).

Building on the momentum generated in 2011, when Belfast’s reputation as a world-class musical city was boosted by the MTV EMAs being held in the city, another packed programme of gigs will be held in every corner of the city, catering for every musical taste.

Belfast Music Week is organised by Belfast City Council and this year is being co-ordinated by the Oh Yeah music centre. Last year’s music week was named Best Event in the NI Tourism Awards and the 2012 line-up is shaping up to be the biggest and best yet.

Among the highlights are showcases for breakthrough artists, DJ workshops for young people, a talent search, and one-off collaborations by some of our best-known musical talents. Lord Mayor of Belfast Alderman Gavin Robinson said he was excited by the buzz currently surrounding the local music scene.

'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 an exciting initiative that shines a spotlight on our blossoming music scene and creates a real sense of energy in the city. It is a celebration of our music, our artists, our venues and our unique musical community.

'It is initiatives like this that are helping to drive tourists to Belfast. Supporting the arts is at the heart of council ethos and our musical community is helping to drive change in the city and contributing to the growth of a vibrant, creative arts scene.'

Last year’s Belfast Music Week attracted more than 33,000 people to the city with more than 170 live performances in 45 venues across Belfast. In addition, the MTV EMAs showcased some of Northern Ireland’s finest to a global audience of around 1.2 billion.

Stuart Bailie, CEO of the Oh Yeah, and Belfast Music Week co-ordinator, said: 'Last year Belfast recognised itself as a musical city that was full of ambition and energy and great stories. We delivered our potential alongside a major international event. This year, Belfast Music Week is on its own, but still determined to show the best in new talent, music enterprise and a legacy that keeps growing.'

Full details of the Belfast Music Week 2012 programme will be announced in the coming weeks but the following events were revealed at today’s launch:

• Belfast Music Week showcase celebrating the very best in breakthrough talent where artists will perform for more than 20 industry professionals from the UK and beyond;
• Urban Affinity Community Festival at the Oh Yeah including workshops for young people to learn more about DJ-ing, rapping and recording;
• ‘Band Jam’ talent search;
• a dance music project aimed at encouraging the recycling of electrical goods – presented by BBC Radio 1 DJ Benjy B, the ‘entrance fee’ will be any handheld electrical item;
• a concert streamed live from the The Empire Music Hall featuring local and international talent;
• a night with Punk legend Terri Hooley;
• a Blues night aimed at seniors;
• keynote speeches by industry leaders;
• lunchtime playbacks of classic albums by NI artists;
• special film events at QFT;
• the ultimate Belfast Music Quiz.

Belfast Music Week will also build on last year in terms of providing the local creative industries with an opportunity to participate in a number of panels and seminars led by some of the leading figures from the world of music, film and digital content.

Whether you are a band seeking touring opportunities or a film company looking to license music for a feature film or television show – Belfast Music week’s industry programme will have it all. The programme will run from the November 7-9 in the Ulster Hall and key speakers will be announced in the coming weeks.

To keep up to date with all Belfast Music Week news visit the Belfast Music website.