Sounds of Belfast 2014

12 November - 16 November
A special week-long music programme called Sound of Belfast will take place across the city from 12-16 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.

Some of the confirmed highlights are:

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 Ticketmaster.ie and www.shine.net

November TBC: Van Morrison walking tour of east Belfast.

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: The Defects, 'Made In Belfast' film premiere. Ulster Hall. (TBC)

November 10-17: Music photography exhibition: Mireia Bordonada. Group Space, Ulster Hall (TBC). www.mireiabordonada.com/

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

November 11: Getting To Know - an opportunity for aspiring musicians to get up close and personal with well-known songwriters through interviews, live performances and audience critique. Previous artists in this popular series have included Tim Wheeler from Ash, Soak and Duke Special.

November 12: Scratch My Progress EP Launch, Oh Yeah. 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 12-15: The Start Together Sessions. Belfast's most prestigious recording studio will feature live streaming and recording from their Gordon St site.

November 13:  Talent showcase at The Limelight. The best music from Northern Ireland in Belfast's most iconic rock venue.

November 13: Electronic music night at The Speakeasy, QUB SU Brought to you by the legendary Radar club.

November 14: Urban Affinity, Oh Yeah. 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. Event TBC

November 15:  Saturday Music Mart at Oh Yeah. 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. Discussion panel hosted by Jim Carroll from the Irish Times.

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

Ticket sales: www.wegottickets.com/event/288297

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.

To find out more about the programme, please visit www.ohyeahbelfast.com
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