Council turns Belfast music scene ‘Inside Out’ with programme of outdoor gigs

Cornmarket live music

Inside out gigs

Inside Out is a series of live unplugged gigs taking place at Arthur Square (Cornmarket), promoting Belfast indie, blues, jazz, blue grass and classical talent. The line-up includes Wookalily, Emerald Armada, Master & Dog, Silhouette and Malojian.

‘Inside Out’ is a pilot project and builds on the success of other council music initiatives like Belfast Music Week, which have been helping to nurture and grow the local music scene.

The gigs are free, last 45 minutes and take place each Saturday (1pm and 3pm) and Thursday (at 5.30pm) throughout August, ending with a showcase event at City Hall.

Inside Out is designed to raise the profile of the city’s musicians and is a partnership project between the council and the Oh Yeah Music Centre, in the Cathedral Quarter.

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Voicing her support for the initiative, Lord Mayor Cllr Nichola Mallon said: “Belfast has a diverse music scene with so many talented young musicians as well as established artists. As Lord Mayor I want to see our city thrive, and for there to be a real buzz in the city centre with lots going on, showcasing the Best of Belfast.

“I’m delighted that we’re supporting this music initiative which will not only provide visitors and shoppers with some great free entertainment, but it will also give the bands and artists an opportunity to raise their profile and build their local fan base. There’s never been a more exciting time for the Belfast music scene, and indeed the Northern Ireland music scene as a whole. With the global spotlight upon us, we have a fantastic opportunity to showcase our musical talent and continue to build Belfast’s reputation as a destination city for music and culture.”

”This music showcase fits perfectly with my City of Enjoyment theme for my year in office, and my aim to be more creative in opening up the grounds of City Hall for greater engagement with our citizens,” she added.

The council initiative is being delivered by the Oh Yeah Music Centre which has programmed the gigs.


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