Belfast Music Week
Belfast Music Week 2013 starts today and includes over 250 events in 70 venues, across all genres and city locations. Here are some highlights:
Seamus Heaney celebration at the Waterfront Hall, 17 November. Titled “a poet to be grateful for”, this is led by the Ulster Orchestra and will involve admirers from the literary and acting worlds, and themed around Heaney’s connection to Belfast. Stephen Rea has just confirmed and other names will follow in the coming days.

The Belfast Music Showcase. The Limelight, 14 November. A select performance of 12 of our most promising bands, chosen by local media and international music professionals. The acts are: Arborist, David C Clements, Girls Names, Go Wolf, The Jepettos, LaFaro, Little Bear, More Than Conquerors, Sea Pinks, Seven Summits, Ryan Vail, The Wonder Villains.

The Belfast debut of Banter, a mobile discussion panel, chaired by Jim Carroll of the Irish Times. Their lunchtime discussion at the Group Space on 14 November will involve Sean O’Hagan (The Observer), Katie Richardson (Katie And The Carnival) and Brian Coney (The Thin Line). They will discuss the legacy of NI music and how this relates to our future as a music city.
The Northern Ireland Music Prize. Mandela Hall, 12 November. A live event and the announcement of the best NI album of the past 12 months. A series of acts on the shortlist will perform on the night: Girls Names, Anthony Toner, Space Dimension Controller, Axis Of, The Bonnevilles.
St Anne’s Cathedral is joining Belfast Music Week for the first time, with its own Girls Choir, plus acts such as Farriers and Peter McVeigh.

Another fresh venue addition is Crumlin Road Gaol, which will be host to Hannah McPhillimy, 15 November. This a night of traditional and original spirituals using only voice, loop pedal and percussion, in conjunction with homegrown anti-slavery charity No More Traffik.

From Crumlin Road in north Belfast, Belfast Music Week also extends to Cultúrlann in west Belfast and across to east Belfast locations such as Skainos, the Strand Arts Centre and the Longfellow Bar.

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XPorT13.. A week-long mini-festival in the Titanic Quarter, organized by the T13 team. A showcase for the music, creative and urban industries. Involving the likes of Silhouette, Documenta and Echo Raptors. DJs include Timmy Stewart, DJ Yoda, Reeps One and Conor McParland www.xport13.com.
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Terri Hooley will be active across the week, with DJ sets at Lavery’s and Voodoo, plus a live commentary over a Good Vibrations screening at The Strand, 12 November. He is also curating a night at Voodoo, involving Shock Treatment, The

Echo Raptors and David Holmes.

Lunchtime playbacks of classic NI albums, at Lavery’s Back Bar, chosen by local media figures, including Ralph McCleanLynette Fay and Brian Coney. Their artists of choice are Van MorrisonBrian Kennedy and Therapy.

At The QFT, Bob Stanley, music writer and Saint Etienne member will curate a short film season to mark the publication of his new book, Yeah Yeah Yeah: The Story of Modern Pop. This film season is based on his recent series at The Barbican.

Instore performances at HMV
Go Wolf, The Jepettos – Nov 11
Jason Clarke, Grace And Mercy – November 13
More Than Conquerors, Joshua Burnside, November 15

Instore Performances at Head Records
Alana Henderson, Rachel Boyd, November 12
Emerald Armada, Nathan O’Regan, November 14
Seven Summits, HurdlesChocolate Love Factory, November 16

All this plus the Van Morrison night at The Waterfront Hall, 15 November plus an impressive series of music industry panels across the week and a Nashville music city delegation. There are Ulster Hall nights with Cara Dillon (Tuesday 12), The Distortion Project (Friday 15) and John Digweed (Saturday 16). The fourth year of Belfast Music Week has delivered another inspiring programme.

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An exhibition celebrating the achievements of Belfast DJs Noel and Maurice Watson. The brothers changed the face of dance culture in London at their legendary Delerium nights on Charing Cross Road, nurturing the capital on hop hop and then house music. This exhibition, especially curated by the ICA in London will be transported to the Oh Yeah centre, including the original Def Jam jacket belonging to AdRock of the Beastie boys, films featuring Neneh Cherry, Beastie Boys, and artwork and photographs and flyers from a range of events and happenings that they produced, plus the seminal ‘Electro’ LPs. There will be a Noel Watson DJ set on 14 November.

The return of Selector Radio, the British Council supported broadcast that reaches an audience of 3 million listeners in 40 countries. Selector will team up with 2XM in Dublin to record a special concert featuring cutting-edge Irish acts: UnknownGhosts and Bear//Face. This will take place at the Oh Yeah Music Centre, 15 November, in association with Bushmills and the monthy Distillation series.

Belfast City Council’s Belfast Music Week is co-ordinated by the Oh Yeah Music Centre and supported by the Northern Ireland Tourist Board.

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