Belfast Music Week Returns

Belfast City Council's Development Committee give the week-long music event the go-ahead for November 2013

Belfast City Council is hoping that the fourth annual Belfast Music Week will be bigger and better than ever. The Council’s Development Committee gave the go-ahead on Tuesday, April 23 for this year’s event to take place between November 11 and 17.

The decision – which still has to be ratified by the full Council at its meeting on May 1 – was taken after members considered a report which showed that the 2012 Belfast Music Week had been the most successful yet.

Last November, more than 41,000 people attended more than 250 events in 70 venues across the city. This compared to 33,500 people attending 170 events in 45 venues in 2011 – when Belfast Music Week coincided with the MTV EMAs being held in the city.

The figures also showed that the 2012 programme brought an associated economic impact of almost £2.1 million – an increase of around ten per cent over the previous year.

Reacting to the figures, Alderman Christopher Stalford, Chairman of the Development Committee, said that Belfast Music Week helped to change the image and perception of the city, especially among younger audiences.

'More than three-quarters of those who attended Music Week events in 2012 were aged between 16 and 34,' he pointed out. 'Furthermore, our audience surveys show that two-thirds of those questioned said that they would not have visited Belfast if they had not been going to a Belfast Music Week event, and 99% of people said they would both recommend Belfast Music Week to friends and would return for future events.'

Alderman Stalford continued: 'The music sector in Belfast has grown significantly over the past three years, and now plays a key role in the overall economic development of the city.

'With a rise in the number, and quality, of musicians and bands making headlines and enjoying success in the international marketplace, and new and innovative music businesses based in our city, events such as Belfast Music Week, and the council’s support for it, have a significant role to play in developing the music industry, appreciating the ongoing success stories which make us proud of our unique, indigenous music scene and showcasing this on the global stage.'

Belfast Music Week 2014 will take place from November 11 – 17. Further details to be confirmed.