Sound of Belfast 2014

07 November - 15 November
A special week-long music programme called Sound of Belfast will take place across the city from 7 - 15 November 2014 in association with the Oh Yeah Music Centre.

Belfast's flagship music centre has teamed up with a number of leading music organisations to coordinate a week of live performances, industry workshops with music experts from Belfast and London, talent development sessions for aspiring artists, and community music initiatives to support the city's bustling music scene.

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Some of the highlights are:

November 6-29: Music photography exhibition: Mireia Bordonada. Group Space, Ulster Hall. Free.

November 7:  Tim Wheeler at Oh Yeah. 7pm, £15. The Ash frontman and Novello- winning songwriter will perform songs from his solo album, 'Lost Domain'.  Tickets from and

November 8: The Van Morrison Trail - 11am. Places limited, email to reserve a place.

This 3.5km walking trail will take you through the east Belfast of Van Morrison's youth - some of the places that he knew as a child.  Many of these places and the people who lived there were to shape the character and values of "Van the Man".  The trail should last around 2 hours.

November 8: Back Track Soul Night. - 9.30pm to 2am Oh Yeah Centre.

A celebration of Northern Soul, Part Two. The very best Northern Soul tune spinners: Ray O'Reilly, John Creaner, Dee O'Loan and Soulof.

November 10-11: Industry skills and career sessions with Creative & Cultural Skills. Oh Yeah Music Centre.

November 11: The Defects, Getting to Know and 'Made In Belfast' film premiere. Oh Yeah Centre 8pm.

November 12: Scratch My Progress EP Launch, Oh Yeah Centre 8pm.

With Hot Cops, Hurdles, Matthew Duly, Hot Cops, Serotonin, R51. Oh Yeah's talent development scheme is supported by Arts Council Northern Ireland and PRS for Music Foundation and sponsored by Invest NI. The EP launch and graduation gig will see these hugely promising acts on stage together.

November 13: Breaking Bands Talent showcase at The Oh Yeah Music Centre 8pm. £3.

The best new music from Northern Ireland.

November 14: Urban Affinity, Oh Yeah Music Centre. 10am - 4.30pm.  Free.

A community festival funded by Children in Need which provides young people from disadvantaged areas the opportunity to display their skills in urban music.

November 14: Big Music Project. The MAC 4pm.  Free.

Some of the biggest names in the UK music business will assemble at the MAC on Friday November 14 in search of the next BRIT thing.  Aimed at artists between 14 and 24 who want a career in music.  The Big Music Project will be scouting talented musicians and performers across all genres.  To be in with a chance to perform and win a host of prizes including the chance to also perform at the national final during BRITs Week in London, VIP tickets to the BRIT Awards 2015 and a recording session at the world famous Abbey Road studios, upload your tracks to and you could be performing at the event.  Everyone is welcome, so come along and cheer on your favourite artists.

November 15: Start Together Studio. Oh Yeah Music Centre 12.15pm & 1.15pm.
Start Together
engineers will explain and demonstrate different types of recordings,
including live recordings and multi-tracking sessions for demoing,
single productions and album recordings.  They will explain set ups,
processes and offer advice on preparation for anyone entering a
recording studio.

November 15:  Sound of Belfast Music Mart at Oh Yeah Centre. 12noon - 5pm. Free.

Musical instruments, technology, demonstrations and stalls managed by music industry bodies. The chance to sample, buy and learn. Live acoustic music will be programmed by the all-ages mentoring project, Volume Control.

November 15: Banter at Oh Yeah. 2pm. Free.

Discussion panel hosted by Jim Carroll from the Irish Times.

November 15: The Belfast Music Bus Tour. Leaving from the Ulster Hall at 2pm. ££8/£6.

The soundtrack and the landscapes of a great musical city, tallied the stories of Van Morrison, Gary Moore, Still Little Fingers, Snow Patrol, punk rock, trad and classical.

November 15: the Northern Ireland Music Prize, Mandela Hall, 8pm. £12.

We honour and celebrate the very best of Northern Irish albums. Successful finalists will be hoping to take home the prize won last year by Bangor's Foy Vance ('Joy of Nothing').  The Northern Ireland Album of the Year will be decided by an Academy of local media and industry professionals following live performances by the shortlisted acts.

The evening will end with a special presentation to the band Therapy, who formed in 1989. They will be presented with an Oh Yeah Legend Award for their ground-breaking achievements. The band will then perform their 1994 'Troublegum' album, which sold over a million copies and was shortlisted for a Mercury Prize.

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Additional music industry programming will be offered in partnership with the Dublin-based organisation, First Music Contact.  The focused line-up of events will include: 

November 15: Ask the Professionals - a number of professionals from the worlds of radio, TV, bookers and festivals will take part in a panel to answer questions on touring Ireland and much more.

November 15: Meet the Industry - a number of opportunities for speed-dating sessions with music industry managers and executives.

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