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2–11 November Live gigs, music industry, awards, learning & community

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Oh Yeah Music Centre 15–21 Gordon Street, Belfast, BT1 2LG 02890310845 OhYeahCentre OhYeahCentre #nimusicprize2017 #soundofbelfast2017 www.ohyeahbelfast.com

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Welcome back to Sound of Belfast, a festival dedicated to all that is great about local music. We’re turning the spotlight up on all the important work that is being done throughout the year, and wrapping it into ten dedicated days, to showcase new and emerging talent as well as established and celebrated names. From existing nights to special events and awards, to conferences, talent development, family friendly, community and more, this programme is absolutely packed to the gills with music from artists all based, or from, right here in Belfast and Northern Ireland. We’re delighted to have Blue Moon as our Live Music Partner again and so thankful for the support of all our partners, funders and collaborators. Particular thanks to all the great musical talent out there and to the supportive audiences and participating venues, you are champions. We’re looking forward to seeing you up the front. Charlotte Dryden, CEO Oh Yeah Music Centre

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2 GETTING TO KNOW...

LEAH McFALL

Oh Yeah Music Centre ‘Getting To Know…’ is a regular series at the Oh Yeah music centre that explores the writing and recording processes of a given act and encourages the audience to provide feedback. Most will know Leah McFall from the hit TV show The Voice (2013) who established an unprecedented record for the big box show by storming the Official UK Top Ten Charts with her live version of Gloria Gaynor’s ‘I Will Survive’. Her powerful rendition of the disco classic demonstrated a world class vocal talent and a strong statement of intent - a short four years later and Leah is operating as a fiercely independent solo artist embracing the world through her trademark edgy style, song and soul. Since embracing the independent life Leah has released a mini album, completed a sold out UK tour and clocked up 500,000+ YouTube views - her story is colourful, compelling and from Newtownabbey with love. Sound of Belfast 2017

7.00pm | free An evening of live interview, performance and discussion.

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SISTER GHOST BORN ONLY YESTERDAY THE SEA CLOSE BY  LETGO DIVE Empire Music Hall

9.00pm | £3

The dynamic force that is Shannon O’Neill and her band Sister Ghost, a group that marshals a diverse set of influences in a singular way – from Seattle punks The Gits and her guitar hero, Sonic Youth’s Lee Ranaldo, to Kate Bush and Thin Lizzy. It’s noisy, spectral artrock with a pop heart. Also on the bill, post rock four piece Born Only Yesterday, alt rock three piece The Sea, Close By and punchy guitar alt rockers LetGo Dive. Gifted Presents is in association with Shizznigh Promotions. 4

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3 THE BEEHIVE PRESENTS:

Civil Simian, Velvet Alibi, Scream Blue Murmur, Blackjack Empire Music Hall

The Beehive is a unique event that aims to build a network of likeminded artists through a regular live funk and groove evening, featuring a line up of some of the genre’s finest ambassadors from across NI and beyond. Civil Simian brings together many disparate genres of music culminating in a truly unique sound with a strong emphasis on groove – funk, rock, pop, jazz, folk and electronica. Velvet Alibi is a groove ensemble whose expansive sound merges melodic song writing, lush vocal harmonies, funky beats and virtuosic improvisation. Scream Blue Murmur do scalding lyrics and dynamic funk, soul and jazz. It’s hard and heavy groove-based dance music. Drummer/producer Henrique Franco aka Blackjack leads a power trio featuring Carlinhos Cruz on guitar/vocals and Isra Castro on bass. They will be grooving to a mix of soulful jazzy Brazilian-flavoured music, with surprise guests. 6

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8.30pm | £6.00 Tickets: Beehive Empire Eventbrite.

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ANTO AND THE ECHOES, VOKXEN, PART TIME PILOTS, LES PANTALONS DARREN DOHERTY & THE HEATHEN CHOIR Oh Yeah Music Centre Anto & the Echoes: energetic modern rock, underlined by a pop sensibility. VOKXEN: Synth pop grooves and tons of melodic attitude Part Time Pilots: Punk rock purveyors with a high-energy work ethic. Les Pantalons: Slightly macabre punk rock gypsy folk. Darren Doherty & The Heathen Choir: Melodic, emotional and honest singer songwriter, and member of A Northern Light.

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8.30pm | £6.00 wegottickets

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BURNING CODES SINGLE LAUNCH

PLUS STEPHEN McCARTNEY & SPECIAL GUESTS

Sunflower Bar

8.00pm | £8/£10

Paul Archer aka Burning Codes single release of ‘Belfast – Place of My Soul’, the song includes contributions from Terri Hooley, Nathan Connolly and Iain Archer, and is rooted in his love for the city.

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THE BELFAST MUSIC BUS TOUR

Begins at the Ulster Hall Take a trip through the heart of a great rock and roll city, taking in landscapes that informed and inspired the likes of Van Morrison, Stiff Little Fingers, Ruby Murray, James Galway, Snow Patrol and Gary Moore. It finishes with a visit to the Northern Ireland Music Exhibition at Oh Yeah. On Nov 4th visitors will arrive back to Oh Yeah in the middle of an afternoon called Native (see page 12), a record fair dedicated to local music. There’s a chance to browse the exhibition, hear live music, have a drink, and pick up some new vinyl. 10

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2.00pm | £8/£10 Tickets from Welcome Centre 028 90 246 609 visitbelfast.com


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Begins at the Dirty Onion 4.00pm | £15 The Belfast Traditional Music Trail is a unique way to experience Irish music. With two local musicians as your guides, walk through cobbled alleyways, past famous landmarks and on to private bars in some of the city’s oldest buildings, all centrally located in Belfast’s Cathedral Quarter. At each of the three stops you will be treated to a performance of traditional tunes, songs and stories, all of which make up your own personal ‘session’. Enjoy a local beer, cider, whiskey or Guinness while learning about the instruments, language, customs and history that make up Ireland’s vibrant musical tradition. Sound of Belfast 2017

Presented by An Droichead. For more info or to book tickets info@ belfasttrail.com 028 90 288 818 belfasttradtrail.com Tickets also from Visit Belfast. Dirty Onion 3 Hill Street, Belfast, BT1 2LA 11


4 NATIVE MUSIC MART – LAUNCH

LIVE MUSIC FROM:JOSHUA BURNSIDE, DUKE SPECIAL, NO OIL PAINTINGS AND JEALOUS OF THE BIRDS Oh Yeah Music Centre Launching Native, a brand new idea, and a music mart that only sells music from aspiring, locally based acts. Inspired by the high quality of local music being produced, the resurgence of vinyl and the growth of the physical direct to fan music market, the time is right for Native.  Native does not only cater for musicians, but for anyone involved in the local music industry. So, if you are involved in promotion, publication, instrument repair, videography or any other music platform, you can sell your services too. This special event will feature select performances from local acts, accompanied by food, drink and bar services. Together we can celebrate the abundance of local talent Northern Ireland has to offer. Contact francesca@championsoundmusic.com to request an application. 12

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11.00am–4.00pm Fee: £10 for one table, £5 for half.


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ABLETON BASICS FOR LADIES IN ELECTRONICA Oh Yeah Music Centre 11,00am–3.00pm | free.

Presented by Nightwave in association with Musician’s Union. Nightwave is international DJ, producer, vocalist, club promoter, label boss, activist and educator Maya Medvesek. This project encourages more women into electronic music production. The workshop is perfect for those seeking to get started on composing electronic music or who wish to brush up on basics, with a well-established name. The workshop will close with a group discussion led by Nightwave and resident GIRL DJ duo Claire & Marion on how to sustain a career in electronica  Places limited. Priority of place to Musician’s Union members. For more info or to apply: glasgow@themu.org / 0141 341 2960. Sound of Belfast 2017

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OH YEAH IS 10

LIVE MUSIC AND SPECIAL GUESTS Oh Yeah Music Centre Come celebrate 10 years of Open Doors To Music. Oh Yeah opened to the public in 2007, since then many wonderful people have been involved. We want to celebrate that. Please join us for an evening with live music from special guests, old friends and some new faces for the future. Copies of a 10th anniversary booklet will also be made available on the night. In an extract from the book, Gary Lightbody had this to say about Oh Yeah: “Belfast is a music city. It’s a tough city sure but it always had a big heart and you damn well need places like Oh Yeah to let that heart beat freely and loudly.” For more info on the gig follow Oh Yeah on Twitter and Facebook. 14

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Oh Yeah 10 Years and Beyond

7.00pm–late | £7

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5 Limelight Belfast Presents:

WARWICK/JOHNSON & GUESTS Limelight 2

Ricky Warwick and Damon Johnson first met and became band mates when they joined forces in Thin Lizzy in the fall of 2011, and their creative partnership evolved when, along with Scott Gorham, they launched Black Star Riders in 2013. Warwick and Johnson co-wrote the bulk of material on the BSR debut album, All Hell Breaks Loose, and furthered their efforts on the 2015 follow-up, The Killer Instinct. In the summer of that same year, the two performed for the first time as an acoustic duo, Warwick/Johnson. Their rollicking, diverse set list contains all manner of material, spanning the past two decades of bands they have individually played in, as well as new solo material and covers of songs from their favourite artists.

8.00pm | £15 + booking fee ticketmaster.ie limelightbelfast.com  Katy’s Bar & Ticketmaster NI, 0844 277 44 55

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6 Shizznigh Promotions and Zool Records presents:

MONGOL GENTLEMEN’S CLUB, WASPS, WANDERERS, SLT

Voodoo

9.00pm | £5 wegottickets.com

Zool Records is an artist collective based in Belfast. They’ve teamed up with Shizznigh to showcase some spanking new music that they absolutely rate. Monday night riffs and pedal crushing guaranteed.

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FAMILY FRIENDLY– VINTAGE PICNIC Oh Yeah Music Centre

Join us for an afternoon of 1950’s inspired music and dancing. We are expecting grandparents to lead the way in this fun event for all the family. The Over The Hill music collective house band will provide the inspiration, rock n roll dancers will get you in your feet and we are encouraging folk to bring along 1950’s and 1960’s vinyl for a jukebox hour. It’s a BYO picnic afternoon, with good coffee available from the kiosk and there are games, activities and crafts available for children.

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BLACK MOON SPECIAL Black Box Black Moon is a night for and by adults with learning disabilities – giving people a chance to socialise in a cool, modern environment, meet new people and learn new skills. This Sound of Belfast special will include a workshop with Robyn Steward, an autistic experimental jazz artist. Robyn will perform, facilitate and conduct a fun and interactive workshop as part of this event. The club is usually the first Tuesday of each month and runs from 7pm to 10pm. It is £3 entry and £1 entry for parents and carers. If you would like to arrange for a group to come along please get in touch! admin@blackboxbelfast.com

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7.00pm | £3 £1 for carers

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BREAKING INTO MUSIC YOUTH CONFERENCE   Oh Yeah Music Centre

10am – 4pm, Free.

An interactive youth conference that introduces young people to job and training opportunities in the music and events industry. This year the focus of the conference is ‘Getting Above The Noise’. The aim is to give young people with aspirations of working in music an opportunity to hear from and work alongside some of our leading industry work force through a series of panels and interactive workshops. You will hear from sound engineers, backline crew, professional musicians, producers and PR experts. You will also take part in CV writing and interview skills workshop facilitated by PPL and designed to help you get above the noise. 20

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Speakers include: Callum Stewart (Songwriter/ Musician), Leah McFall (Songwriter/Artist), Cahir O’Doherty (Musician, Backline Manager), Leif Bodnarchuk (Guitar Technician), Rocky O’Reilly (Start Together Studio), Rainer Pagel (Production Services Ireland PSI), Jeff Robinson (PR), Thomas Camblin (Old Fang/creative consultant), and PPL.

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THE TRAGEDY OF DR HANNIGAN,

NO OIL PAINTINGS, AIDAN LOGAN, WHALE TALK Belfast Empire 8.30pm | £6 Dr Hannigan is the coming together of Tony Wright (VerseChorusVerse, ASIWYFA) and Dean Stevens (Producer, multi instrumentalist, Deany Darko). “Traipsing a tightrope between Alabama 3, Tom Waits and Grinderman. This is sheer grit, music to drive to, music to get arrested to, music to ask forgiveness to.”– Phil Taggart, BBC Radio 1. An impressive supporting bill for the evening includes, No Oil Paintings, with a progressive take on classic folk instrumentation combined with the high-energy performance of a rock ‘n roll band, singer songwriter Aidan Logan, and indie folk duo Whale Talk. Tickets including booking fee from ticketmaster.ie and Empire box office. 22

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BELFAST URBAN AFFINITY 2017 Oh Yeah Music Centre Urban Affinity offers hard to reach young people with an opportunity to get more involved with music through a variety of interactive taster sessions and workshops. From DJing, podcasting, radio presenting, studio recording and music production through to music related work like photography. There is also advice on pathways into music. We will also hear from special guest speaker Robyn Steward, an inspiring young woman living with autism that is making music, writing books, speaking at conferences and working with young people. Priority of place is offered to community and youth organisations working with young people in need of employment, education or training. Attendees will automatically be entered into a raffle to win James Arthur tickets. Sound of Belfast 2017

10.00am – 3.00pm | free Places are free but limited. For more info or to book contact charlene@ ohyeahbelfast.com (028) 90 310845

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MUSIC CITIES AFTERNOON

CONVERSATIONS. PANELS. DISCUSSIONS.

Oh Yeah Music Centre Sound of Belfast is keeping the conversation going on the topics that are affecting musicians and the industry as a whole. Three areas are up for discussion, we’re back to Brexit and what happens next, followed by our music cities discussion, and ending with an in depth discussion on the business of song writing.  To register interest e-mail charlene@ohyeahbelfast.com 

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12.00–9.00pm | free


12.30–1.30pm Networking lunch Arrive, get settled, have conversations, swap cards with musicians, industry and media. 1.30–2.30pm Brexit - What happens next? The Brexit negotiations are under way, what has changed if anything since last year and are we any clearer as to how musicians will be affected? What does it mean for Northern Ireland?Panellists include: Lynne McDowell (Head of Communications, PPL), Ian Moss (Director of Public Affairs, BPI), Lyndon Stephens (Champion Sound, Music Manager), Ciaran Scullion (Head of Music, Arts Council NI). 2.30–3.30pm Music Cites Discussion - Spaces and Places Join us for an open discussion on the importance of access to quality and supportive spaces for musicians and bands, from pubs to hubs and major concert halls. What already exists, what works well and where are the gaps?Panellists include Phil Nelson (Music Manager and Music Cities Liaison BIMM), Joe Duggan (Shine), Stewart Baxter (The Warren Project (Hull), touring musician, promoter), Charlotte Dryden (Oh Yeah). Sound of Belfast 2017

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9 Shizznigh Promotions presents 3.30–4.30pm Songwriters Are Key It has been a chart storming year for NI song-writing talent - what can we learn from it? What can we build on from this? What challenges face emerging songwriters?Panellists include Kirsty Booth (Outreach Manager, Music Publishers Association), Callum Stewart (Songwriter), Stuart Fleming (Writer and Publisher Relations, PRS), Amy Samson (Spirit B-Unique/Polar Patrol). 4.30pm–6.00pm Join us for complimentary food and drink sponsored by On Music. Talk to the panellists, organise follow-ups, find out more on a one to one basis.

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12.30pm–1.30pm (lunch provided) PPL: Making money from music A special event for performers, musicians, managers and record labels. Confused about the difference between PPL and PRS for Music? Not sure if you should become a PPL member? Want to understand how PPL can support your music career? Join us to learn more. Lunch will be provided. E-mail charlene@ohyeahbelfast.com

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9 6.00pm–9.00pm | free Scratch My Progress Showcase Gig Four fresh new acts are now under the wing of Oh Yeah’s talent development scheme for 2017. Scratch My Progress is proud to present Strange New Places, Reevah, Hand Models and Cut In Blinks. They’ve been working on new material for a digital release; hear it live at this early post conference showcase. Live Music Partner

Hand Models Cut In Blinks Strange New Places Reevah

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9 Shizznigh promotions presents:

EMPTY LUNGS,  LOST LOVE, SLEEPING OUTSIDE, HAND MODELS Empire Music Hall

Punk/Indie Rock trio Empty Lungs promise a blistering show presented by Shizznigh Promotions. From a string of EP’s including the Hidden Pony records release ‘Don’t Get It’, earlier this year to relentless touring across Europe, UK and US, and sharing the stage with the likes of Japandroids, The Subways and Alkaline Trio, they just don’t stop. Lost Love: 200 shows in 11 countries over the last 3 years. The road is now dry. This fourpiece from Montreal blends a mix of gruff/ catchy-punk

8.00pm | £7.00 including booking fee ticketmaster.ie and Empire’s box office.

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Sleeping Outside: “I just came to rip some distorted guitar” - Andy Kane, lead guitarist, circa 2016 Hand Models: They say: Grunge/Pop “cool” Sound of Belfast 2017

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THE BONNEVILLES, THE RACKETS, PETTY YOUTH, PARANOIDS DJ Sarge Sargent VOODOO 9.00pm | ÂŁ10.00 at wegottickets

Shortlisted for the NI Music Prize in 2016, for their dark but exhilarating record Arrow Pierce My Heart, the Bonnevilles continue to shake the roots of Northern Irish punk blues and rock into a new but familiar genre all of their own. A guaranteed killer show brought to you by Shizznigh Promotions and backed up by a sterling line of support. Petty Youth Live Music Partner

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HELP MUSICIANS NI INDUSTRY ESSENTIALS & SHOWCASE Oh Yeah Music Centre

Help Musicians NI (HMNI) Sound of Belfast special, presenting an unmissable afternoon of Industry Essentials Workshops – featuring talks and clinics from Stuart Fleming (PRS), Caroline Sewell (Musicians’ Union) and Chris Cooke (Complete Music Update) for those working the music industry and aimed at addressing the knowledge gap here in NI. Following a drinks reception, all welcome to a musical showcase spotlighting the acts currently involved in HMNI’s flagship 3:3 Three Bands in Three Years programme: Sam Wickens ROE The Wood Burning Savages Pre-registration for workshops and clinics recommended – email niinfo@helpmusicians.org.uk 32

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RORY NELLIS

(FULL BAND) + OWEN LAMONT THE MAC 8.00pm | £12.50 Rory Nellis, the wonderfully prolific singer songwriter with fifteen years under his belt, launch’s his second album ‘There Are Enough Songs in the World’. Rory’s songs stem from musings on life, death, relationships, and occasionally politics. He will be with a full band that includes Peter J. McCauley, Philip Watts d’Alton, Herb Magee and Walter Thee Goon. Support comes from Owen Lamont and band. NIbased Lamont is a songwriter with “one of the most soulful voices you’re ever likely to hear.” Owen Lamont

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THE NORTHERN IRELAND MUSIC PRIZE IN ASSOCIATION WITH BLUE MOON 8.00pm | ÂŁ15 (plus booking fee)

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Robocobra Quartet Last In Line Arborist Joshua Burnside Twelve albums have been shortlisted for the Northern Ireland Music Prize In Association With Blue Moon 2017. The winner will be announced at this special awards night at the Mandela Hall. The evening will include live performances from three of the NI Music Prize shortlisted acts, Robocobra Quartet, Joshua Burnside and Arborist. The event will close with a special Oh Yeah Legend Award presentation to Vivian Campbell as well as a full live set from Last In Line. 36

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The shortlisted acts are:

Arborist Home Burial

Arvo Party Arvo Party

Bap Kennedy Reckless Heart

The Divine Comedy Foreverland

Gross Net Quantitative Easing

Hannah Peel Awake But Always Dreaming

Invaderband Invaderband

Joshua Burnside Ephrata

Malojian This Is Nowhere

Our Krypton Son Fleas & Diamonds

Robocobra Quartet Music For All Occasions

Sea Pinks Watercourse

The NI Music Prize In Association With Blue Moon is produced by the Oh Yeah music centre and is also supported by The Arts Council of Northern Ireland and PPL.

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THE OH YEAH LEGEND AWARD

In association with Blue Moon & PRS

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Mandela Hall 8.00pm | £15 (part of the NI Music Prize event) Tickets via Eventbrite.com The Oh Yeah Legend Award recognises the contribution of a musician, act or industry figure from NI. Vivian Campbell is this year’s recipient and the presentation will be followed by a full live performance from Vivian with his band Last In Line. Vivian Campbell is one of the leading names in rock from Northern Ireland. His story is one of global success that began with Sweet Savage. He has since worked performed, written and toured with many acts including Thin Lizzy, DIO, Whitesnake, Riverdogs, and Lou Gramm (ex-Foreigner). In 1992 he found a permanent home with British rock legends Def Leppard and this year he celebrates 25 years with the band. Vivian says: “I’ve been very fortunate that my life’s work has also been my passion. It’s an honour to be recognised for that, and especially so when that recognition comes from my fellow countrymen.” Previous recipients: Terri Hooley (2008) Henry McCullough (2009) The Undertones (2010) Stiff Little Fingers (2011) Gary Moore (posthumous) (2012) Therapy? (2014) Divine Comedy (2015) Ash (2016) Sound of Belfast 2017

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NI MUSIC EXHIBITION

Oh Yeah Music Centre

Free, open daily.

The NI Music Exhibition is a journey through the story of music from Northern Ireland. It incorporates memorabilia and storyboards that communicate some of our proudest moments in music. From Ruby Murray to Van Morrison and Snow Patrol, the story of Punk features and there’s an exhibit dedicated to Gary Moore. For the 2017 Sound of Belfast programme there will be a special exhibit featuring memorabilia celebrating the musical career of this year’s Oh Yeah Legend Award recipient Vivian Campbell (Sweet Savage, Def Leppard, Last In Line, Dio). 40

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Exhibition Opening Times: Monday–Friday: 10.00–5.00pm Saturday: 12.00–5.00pm


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