A very special, day-long event during Belfast Music Week on Saturday, November 10, 25: Electronic Music in Belfast 1987-2012 will feature a performance from dance pioneers Orbital, with support from DJs Phil Kieran and Space Dimension Controller (main hall), and bands Ryan Vail, Defcon and Mmoths (group space).
For this Belfast Music Week special, Orbital will mark the release of Wonky, their first album in right years. But importantly, they will also be reconnecting to the city where they played an epochal 1991 show at the Art College, a night that inspired the legendary track ‘Belfast’.
25 is a celebration of dance music in Belfast. It starts with the early tremors of acid house it takes in the pioneering clubs, the DJs, the composers, the game-changers and the many future prospects.
By day there will be workshops, interviews and legacy events. In the evening, a series of DJs will call up the music that has energized three generations of club culture, culminating with a live performance by the legendary Orbital. With support DJs from Belfast and cutting-edge Irish acts in the group space upstairs in the Ulster Hall, this is a landmark night in the city’s electronic music story.
Stuart Bailie, CEO of the Oh Yeah, 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 will surpass that level of activity in November. 25 is an outstanding event that represents to legacy and the future of dance music in Belfast.'
The afternoon programme in the group space is free and is presented in association with the Red Bull Music Academy, who have nurtured so much Northern Ireland talent since 1999. Panels and discussion include 'The Politics Of Dancing', Belfast club culture since 1964 and the social context with Terri Hooley, Sean McCann, Phil Lucas (Twitch ), Peter Spence from 1.30 - 2.30pm.
From 4.00 – 5.00pm 'Bleeps Working' will focus on making a living from electronic music, with David Browne (Tailored Communications Berlin), Phil Kieran (Carousel), Gary Curran (Japanese Popstars), Lyndon Stephens (Champion Sound).
Lord Mayor of Belfast Alderman Gavin Robinson added: '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.
Tickets for 25 go on sale on Monday, October 15 and are available from the Ulster Hall and Ticketmaster websites.