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Belfast Music Week

Belfast Music Week: 11 - 17 November

Belfast Music Week returns to the city for a fourth year this November. The week is a celebration of home-grown musical talent with more than 250 events taking place at over 70 locations in the city.

From intimate venues to the grandeur of the Ulster Hall, this year’s programme includes classical, dance, folk, rock and acoustic performances, instore performances, industry panel events with some of the leading figures in the international music scene and a special appearance from local legend Van Morrison.

Below are just some of the highlights of Belfast Music Week 2013.

Van Morrison - Freedom of the City:
Belfast’s most prolific artist will be presented with the freedom of Belfast City at a special event at the Waterfront Hall on 15 November. This will be followed by a live concert, which is set to be one of the highlights of the week. A total of 2,000 tickets will be available to the public - closing date for applying is 5pm on Wednesday 30 October.

The Belfast Music Showcase:
Taking place at The Limelight on 14 November, this will be a select performance of 12 of our most promising bands, chosen by local media and international music professionals. The 12 chosen bands are: Arborist, David C Clements, Girls Names, Go Wolf, The Jepettos, Little Bear, LaFaro, More Than Conquerors, Ryan Vail, Sea Pinks, Seven Summits, The Wonder Villains.Admission is free by registering in advance - maximum of 2 tickets per person.

Ulster Orchestra - An Evening for Seamus Heaney:
The closing concert of Belfast Music Week on 17 November will celebrate the longstanding and creative connections between the city of Belfast and Seamus Heaney. Taking place at the Belfast Waterfront, the Ulster Orchestra will perform music that both inspired the Nobel Laureate as well as music inspired in turn by his poetry. Tickets on sale from Belfast Welcome and Ulster Orchestra website.

The Northern Ireland Music Prize:
A new awards event taking place at Mandela Hall on 12 November, aimed at recognising the great wealth of recorded music from these parts. The ultimate winner of the prize will be decided by a select panel of experts and announced at the ceremony. A number of shortlisted acts will be playing live at the event, including Girls Names, Foy Vance, A Plastic Rose, Space Dimension Controller, Axis of, The Bonnevilles and more. Tickets available from Ticketmaster and QUB Students' Union.

A week-long music and cultural experience running throughout Belfast Music Week, showcasing the city's finest musical talent and creativity across a number of exclusive venues in the Titanic Quarter. Featuring DJ sets, Battle of the Bands, a 1920s evening, a full Saturday bill, Sunday blues and acoustic sessions.

A series of venues will be taking part in Belfast Music Week for the first time, including The Sunflower Public House, Skainos, First Presbyterian Church, Linen Hall Library, Strand Arts Centre and St. Anne’s Cathedral.

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