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Belfast Music Week to return in November

24 April

Belfast City Council is hoping that the fourth annual Belfast Music Week will be bigger and better than ever.

The Council’s Development Committee has given the go ahead for this year’s event to take place between November 11th and 17th.

The 2012 Belfast Music Week was the most successfulto date. More than 41,000 people attended more than 250 events in 70 venues across the city.

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 Music Week event – and 99 per cent 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.”

For more information, including a new downloadable guide to the local music scene, visit http://www.belfastcity.gov.uk/musictourism.

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