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Out to Lunch music line-up

Bréag + Balkan Alien Sound Friday January 22 The Black Box, 8.00pm Bréag blend their Gaelic heritage with Eastern European, Reggae and Ska rhythms giving the listener (and inevitably the dancer) a unique musical experience. The band have shared stages with the infamous Jamaican reggae outfit The Wailers, Shane McGowan, Steel Pulse, Mano Negro, Alabama 3 and Kila.

new, unimagined possibilities and welding it to new musical forms...” - Irish Times Balkan Alien Sound specialise in the gypsy and folk music of Eastern Europe and the Balkan regions. They formed in 2007 due to an interest gained by travel and study of Klezmer music and the folk music of Bulgaria, Romania, Turkey. Upbeat rhythms and odd time signatures are a key part of the band’s live performance with fast and furious melodies demanding to be danced to as well as authentic vocals sung in regional styles.

“stretching the language to

Tickets: £12.00 Tickets also available from the Belfast Welcome Centre on 028 9024 6609

Open Arts Choir Wednesday January 27 The Black Box, 1.00pm

Niwel Tsumbu Thursday January 21 The Black Box, 8.00pm

The Open Arts Community Choir (OACC) is a choir for anyone aged 16 or over, regardless of disability, race, gender or past musical experience. It has been running for 9 years now, with 33 members, and an eclectic repertoire; from Gospel to Pop, and World to Cabaret. OACC have performed at numerous venues in the UK & Ireland, including the Belfast Waterfront Hall, Odyssey Arena, Liverpool’s DaDa Festival, and the International Eisteddfod in Wales. They made a huge impression on BBC1 last summer when they fought their way into the final 14 UK choirs in the hit TV show Last Choir Standing!

Over the last 50 years Central Africa has built itself an incredible reputation for giving birth to many of the World’s greatest guitarists, and Congolese Niwel Tsumbu is a fitting ambassador to carry that torch forward into the 21st Century. Raised on the traditional Soukous and Rhumba music of his homeland he began playing from an early age and went on to study both jazz and classical guitar - enrolling secretly in a classical music school where he also studied saxophone for a year. With influences from far and wide, his elegant and fluent guitar playing draws from Niwel’s past excursions with African rhythms, rumba, jazz, classical, flamenco and much more besides. Playing electric & acoustic guitars & singing mostly in his native ‘Lingala’, Niwel plays a range of music that stretches from contemporary versions of Congolese traditional music from the 30s & 40s to modern Jazz. Niwel’s love of the Spanish style of guitar playing beautifully exposing Congolese Rumba’s Latin roots!

Edwyn Collins Friday January 15 The Black Box, 8.00pm

Bonobo DJ set + Chuck (Homespun Soundsystem) Saturday January 23 The Black Box, 9.00pm Late Bar until 1 am

Edwyn Collins helped define the Independent sound and ethos of the ‘80’s with Scottish post-punk visionaries Orange Juice, before going on to a successful career as both solo artist and producer of The Proclaimers and The Cribs, among others. Perhaps most famous for his single ‘Girl Like You’, Edwyn’s world was turned upside down by a near- fatal stroke in 2005. Slowly he has rebuilt his career. A BBC Scotland documentary, Edwyn Collins: Home Again, was broadcast in May 2008 and was narrated by Franz Ferdinand frontman Alex Kapranos, one of the many current bands who cite Edwyn Collins and Orange Juice as an inspiration. Orange Juice reunited in October 2008 as they received a lifetime achievement award at the Tarten Clefs.

Winners: Ivor Novello Lifetime Achievement Award, Q Legend Award 2009

Ninja Tunes, Bonobo aka Simon Green has come a long, long way since his chilled out beats first captured the imagination ten years ago. Now an internationally acclaimed producer, DJ and musician extraordinaire, a fully evolved Bonobo finally rolls his magical musical zoo into Belfast. Bonobo’s DJ sets are now legendary for their dizzying, tricksy cocktail of hip hop, jazz, broken beats, Latin, funk, and soul, not to mention the occasional cheeky bit of psyche rock and drum and bass. More used these days to playing to huge, ecstatic audiences all over the globe, Out to Lunch is delighted to bring Bonobo’s thrilling brand of simian beats to the relative intimacy of the Black Box for one night only.

“sonic bells and whistles and a sprinkling of magic dust that seals the deal.” - Sidewalk

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