One of the most important music centres in the country, the Oh Yeah Centre is the driving force behind a week long series of events across Belfast in November. Running from 12th – 16th, Sound Of Belfast will feature:
The Northern Ireland Music Prize – which honours and celebrates the very best of Northern Irish musical talent. 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 at the Mandela Hall, Belfast.
Scratch My Progress – the finale of Oh Yeah’s core talent development scheme supported by Arts Council Northern Ireland and PRS for Music Foundation and sponsored by Invest NI. The EP launch and graduation gig will see a number of talented artists across all genres take to the stage in the Cathedral Quarter.
Breaking Bands – showcase sponsored by Matchetts Music to spotlight the best of Belfast’s emerging talent.
Volume Control – an all-ages gig delivered by the teenage mentoring programme.
Urban Affinity – a community festival funded by Children in Need which provides young people from disadvantaged areas the opportunity to display their skills in urban music.
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.
Over The Hill – an Arts & Older People initiative which features live music and a workshop for the older generation.
Additional music industry programming will be offered in partnership with the Dublin-based First Music Contact, including:
Sound of Belfast at HMV – live music showcases in the city centre store
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.
Meet the Industry – a number of opportunities for speed-dating sessions with music industry managers and executives.