The first 12 events have now been confirmed for Belfast Music Week 2012, which runs from November 4-12.
Northern Ireland’s finest artists will be performing in some of Belfast’s most popular venues including The Black Box, The Empire and the newly refurbished Limelight Complex. There will also be a special performance in the Palm House at Botanic Gardens.
At the heart of the programme is a showcase for the most promising acts from Northern Ireland. These have been chosen by Belfast music industry and media professionals. The artists will perform a free event at the Limelight on November 8, attended by more that 20 international music business executives.
The chosen acts are: David C Clements, LaFaro, Katharine Philippa, Rams Pocket Radio, A Plastic Rose, Wonder Villains, VerseChorusVerse, More Than Conquerors, Ryan Vail, Runaway GO, Pretty Child Backfire, Tom McShane.
The first 12 confirmed music events for Belfast Music Week 2012 are:
Sun 4 – The Black Box
The Shellac Collective with Duke Special, DJ78 and Greg. Vintage dance tunes on 78 rpm gramophones. Plus live music from the Wireless Mystery Theatre.
Sun 4 – Love And Death
Love Music Hate Racism – hip hop night with Bee Mick See, Cull, Gerard i2 plus DJs Koncept and Monkphat. With special guests, Nathan Flutebox Lee and The Clinic.
Tues 6 – Oh Yeah Music Centre
Make Noise - dance / recycling project with Radio 1’s Benjy B and DJ Ossie plus local acts.
Wed 7 – Group Space, Ulster Hall
The Sofa Sessions. Art, poetry and music, compered by local singer-songwriter Tracy Dempsey.
Wed 7 – The Palm House, Botanic Gardens
Robyn G Shiels and guests in an actual Victorian Palm House.
Wed 7 – The Empire Music Hall
An Evening Session with Paddy Casey, Katie and The Carnival.
Wed 7 – The Black Box
David Browne-Murray – CD launch of Lift and Drag.
Wed 7 – McHugh’s Basement
Soak, Rachel Austin and Conor White, aka Silence Is.
Thurs 8 – Limelight Complex
Belfast Music Week Showcase 2012. David C Clements, LaFaro, Katharine Philippa, Rams Pocket Radio, A Plastic Rose, Wonder Villains, VerseChorusVerse, More Than Conquerors, Ryan Vail, Runaway GO, Pretty Child Backfire, Tom McShane. Free admission.
Thurs 8 – GiftedLive.com at The Empire Music Hall
Mick Flannery, Heathers, Desert Hearts, Jerry Fish & The Mudbug Club, The Virginmarys, Daithi. Moulettes. Plus special recorded performances by Our Krypton Son, The Mighty Stef, Empty Lungs.
Sun 11 – Oh Yeah Music Centre
Terri Hooley party with musical friends to celebrate the unveiling of the plaque that Belfast City Council will unveil in his honour. Free admission.
Sun 11 – The Empire
The Grand Ole Opry at The Empire, with Wookalily, The White Mansions, Elaine McConaghie and friends.
Stuart Bailie, CEO of the Oh Yeah Music Centre and Belfast Music Week co-ordinator, said: 'Last year there were 170 events in the Belfast Music Week programme and we’re confident that we can match that level of activity in November. There are some amazing ideas in development and we aim to report back with some very special news in the coming days.'
Lord Mayor of Belfast Alderman Gavin Robinson said: 'Hosting last year’s MTV EMAs gave Belfast and its people a sense of belief that we can be a credible musical city, and to see our homegrown talent take their rightful place on a world stage is something we can all be proud of. Belfast Music Week is a celebration of our music, our artists, our industry, our venues and our unique musical community.'
Belfast City Council’s Belfast Music Week is co-ordinated by the Oh Yeah Music Centre and supported by the Northern Ireland Tourist Board, Belfast Visitor and Convention Bureau, the Arts Council of Northern Ireland and Tourism Ireland.
Further events are due to be announced in the coming weeks with tickets available now.