Eastside Sessions Music Video Project

Strandtown Studios launches ten new music videos featuring Duke Special, Gareth Dunlop, Kaz Hawkins and more

A landmark cultural project aimed at showcasing the creative musical talent and iconic locations across east Belfast has been launched.

Eastside Sessions, a digital production featuring ten music videos, was initiated by EastSideArts and produced and directed by Strandtown Studios, in conjunction with Giga Training and Mojo Films.

Funded by the Department of Culture Arts & Leisure and the Arts Council of Northern Ireland, the project aims to promote the artistic talent and heritage of east Belfast through the medium of film, as well as raise awareness of the arts in the east of the city.

The production includes exclusive performances from Duke Special, Eric Bell of Thin Lizzy, Gareth Dunlop, Kaz Hawkins, Dave C Clements, Belfast Community Gospel Choir, Edelle McMahon, Anthony Toner, Matt McGinn, Ken Haddock and Brian Houston.

The unique locations featured in the production include the last remaining independent boat manufacturing workshop in east Belfast, the C19th bathhouse, Templemore Baths, the iconic Strand Arts Centre, St Colmcille’s Church Ballyhackamore, and the majestic Harland and Wolff drawing offices in the Titanic Quarter.  

Strandtown Studios is a recording and production studio providing audio solutions for bands, singer songwriters, electronic music artists and the film industry. John Walls, Strandtown Studios director described the Eastside Sessions as 'a fantastic opportunity to showcase some of the finest musical talent and place them in iconic surroundings'.

'Not only was it a pleasure to film but it was great to see the artists creatively interact with surroundings they have been familiar with for most of their lives. We believe we caught something very special with this digital production and I hope that anyone who views them feels the same way.'

EastSide Arts is an initiative to develop, support and deliver a wide range of arts activity and creativity across the east of the city. Initiated by East Belfast Partnership, which is committed to the social, economic and cultural regeneration of the area, EastSide Arts will work with all stakeholders to ensure that arts ‘makes east Belfast a better place for all’.

Maurice Kinkead from East Belfast Partnership commented: 'East Belfast Partnership is delighted to showcase the fantastic musical talent in East Belfast. Having developed an arts strategy for East Belfast we have now established 'EastSide Arts' to animate a whole range of arts activities in East Belfast.

Visit the Strandtown Studios and EastSideArts websites for more information.