Sound of Belfast 2017

Belfast’s festival dedicated to local music and industry knowledge returns this November 2 - 11

Festival Details


Thursday, 02 November 2017 to Saturday, 11 November 2017



Now in its fourth year, The Sound of Belfast returns with a programme bigger and better than ever. Acting as a dedicated showcase for local artists, the programme includes a mix of live gigs and talks, awards, conferences and music industry days as well as community programming and special events. Co-ordinated by the Oh Yeah Music Centre who have been celebrating ten years across 2017 and on November 4 the centre will round things up with a dedicated party. Special guests from across the years will be announced through the month of October.

Over the ten days there are events at nine Belfast venues including The Limelight, The Empire, The Sunflower Bar, Voodoo, The MAC and the Black Box. Gigs will feature more than 60 acts, comprising Ricky Warwick and Damon Johnson, The Bonnevilles, Sister Ghost, Strange New Places, Leah McFall, Callum Stewart, Rory Neillis, Civil Simian, Burning Codes, No Oil Paintings, ROE, Wood Burning Savages, Mongol Gentelmen’s Club, The Tragedy of Dr Hannigan, Empty Lungs and many more acts to enjoy.

The Festival incorporates The Northern Ireland Music Prize in Association with Blue Moon. It will take place at the Mandela Hall on November 11 and includes the presentation of an Oh Yeah Legend Award to Vivian Campbell followed by a full live set with his band Last In Line. The evening will also feature performances from three of this years NI Music Prize nominees, Arborist, Joshua Burnside and Robocobra Quartet.
Other highlights across the week include the launch of Native (Nov 4), a music mart for local artists. There’s an opportunity to get your vinyl signed by participating acts, and there will be live music on the day from artists Jealous of The Birds and Duke Special.

Check out the full programme of events here.