Free Output Gigs Announced

Katharine Philippa, Robyn G Shiels and more to perform across Belfast following October 16 music conference

Details have been announced of a series of free pop-up gigs being staged to showcase Belfast’s breadth of musical talent.

Eleven free showcases will take place in venues throughout the city centre and Cathedral Quarter, following Northern Ireland’s largest ever one-day music conference, being hosted by Belfast City Council on Thursday, October 16.

During the day, Creative Belfast presents Output – which takes place in The MAC and the Oh Yeah Centre – will be attended by around 350 artists, businesses and creative students.

The conference 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.

At night, the emphasis will switch to live music, with free pop-up gigs at 11 venues across the city centre, with emphasis on the Cathedral Quarter. These include:

  • David C.Clements (solo), ViolaDust, The Clameens and Go Wolf at Aether and Echo (presented by Third Bar and Generator NI)
  • The Altered Hours, Autumns and Ship and Contour at the Black Box (presented by The Thin Air and Nialler 9)
  • Ryan Vail, Slow Place Like Home, Ciaran Lavery and PØRTS at the Black Box Green Room (presented by Electric Mainline and Smalltown America)
  • In An Instant, Callum Stewart, Hurdles and More Than Conquerors at the Duke Of York (presented by Old Fang and Sentric)
  • Amanda St John, Bernadette Morris, Owen McGarry and Triona Carville at the Harp Bar (presented by IMRO and Real Music Club)
  • Jess Edlin, Katharine Philippa, Robocobra Quartet and Silences at McHugh’s (presented by Big Space Studio and SARC);
  • Oh Volcano, Go Swim, Goldie Fawn and Travis Is A Tourist at the Oh Yeah Centre (presented by Friday Night Mashup and PRS)
  • Best Boy Grip, Jessica Doherty, Janet Devlin and Rosie Carney at The Spaniard (presented by Nerve Centre and Honeycomb)
  • Farriers, Meb Jon Sol, Robyn G Shiels and Arborist at the Sunflower (presented by Folk And Tumble and Start Together Studios)
  • Exit Pursued By Bear, Joshua Burnside, Michael Mormecha and Emerald Armada at Voodoo (presented by FourAcre Music and Forfey)
  • Lipstik Lizards, White Male Actors and Team RKT at White’s Tavern (presented by the Further Education Colleges and Broken Melody Records)


Organised by Belfast City Council in partnership with the Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure and Invest NI music industry development programme Generator NI, and supported by Oh Yeah Music Centre, Output will include panel discussions, music sessions, workshops and speed networking events.

Speakers at the Output conference will include Tom Robinson from BBC 6 Music; artist, performer and motivational speaker Andrew WK; The X Factor finalist Janet Devlin; Andrea Madden, music supervisor on Made in Chelsea; and Marsha Shandur, music supervisor for The Inbetweeners and Channel 4.

Joe Parry of top London music PR company Division will also feature, as will Hugh Platt, deputy editor of Thrash Hits magazine; BBC Young Folk Musician Of The Year Aidan O’Rourke; composer and cellist Peter Gregson; and Niall Byrne of leading music blog Nialler 9.

Organisations and companies taking part in the conference programme include Facebook, Sky TV, PRS, Polar Patrol Publishing, Moving On Music, 1983 Management, Sentric Music, PPL, MCPS, IMRO, Liverpool Sound City, Belsonic, The Great Escape, MCD Promotions, Body and Soul, Norwich Sound and Vision, Go North, SESAC, Raygun, The Thin Air and Wicksteed Works and Indiependence Festival.

'The economic and cultural contribution and potential of the creative industries is widely acknowledged,' commented councillor Deirdre Hargey, chair of the council’s Development Committee. 'The council’s ongoing support for creative and digital industries includes support for 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.'

Output is one of several exciting music initiatives taking place in Belfast this autumn, including the Big Music Project on October 18, and Sound Of Belfast – including the annual NI Music Prize – organised by the Oh Yeah Centre, from November 12 – 15.

To register for the conference, and for more details on both the conference programme and the free showcases, visit the Belfast City Council website.