Launching for the first time with an event in London, Belfast Music Week is an annual celebration of the musical city with this year’s event having a particular emphasis on breaking new bands.
The London launch event will take place on October 17.
Hosted by Radio 1/BBC Northern Ireland DJ Phil Taggart, the evening will feature previews of Good Vibrations, the new biopic of Ulster punk Terri Hooley, and the territory’s most successful recent musical export Two Door Cinema Club’s new tour film What We See, plus live sets from upcoming Northern Irish acts Wonder Villains and Katherine Philippa.
A four-piece from Derry, Wonder Villains are the winners of NI Music ‘Contenders’ title. Their first two singles, Zola and Ferrari, received plays nationally on BBC Radio 1, Radio 2, 6 Music, XFM, Q and Absolute Radio, and support from RTE – with Zola picking up an Introducing Playlist on BBC Radio 1 and landing the band a Maida Vale Huw Stephens session.
Katherine Philippa is a 20-year-old pianist/vocalist from Portadown. A talent influenced as much by classical composers like Tchaikovsky and Arvo Pärt as she is by pop musicians, fittingly she recently performed at Ulster Hall in Belfast backed by the Ulster Orchestra.
Good Vibrations tells the story of Terri Hooley, Ulster’s Godfather of Punk. Hooley discovered The Undertones and, through his Good Vibrations record shop and label, enabled alternative music to be heard and to flourish in Belfast, during the darkest days of Northern Ireland’s troubles.
Directed by Glenn Leyburn and Lisa Barros D’Sa, the film stars Richard Dormer, Jodie Whittaker, and Dylan Moran. The soundtrack was provided by DJ/producer David Holmes, and Snow Patrol’s Gary Lightbody, Jonny Quinn and Nathan Connolly are among the investors. Good Vibrations will premiere at the BFI London Film Festival on Friday, October 19.
Belfast Music Week runs from November 4–11, hosting more than 200 events encompassing many genres of music. The event began in 2010 as a spontaneous response from the local music community to the arrival of MTV and the Mark Ronson show at the Waterfront Hall.
This year the accent is breaking bands and a opportunity for local industry to step forward. At the heart of this new plan is a talent showcase at the Limelight complex on Ormeau Avenue on November 8. Twelve of Northern Ireland’s most promising acts will play live in the freshly refurbished venue.
Saturday night (November 10) at the Ulster Hall will see a night of electronic music, celebrating 25 years of dance culture in Belfast. There will be workshops and exhibitions during the day, and a party in the evening, plus some special guests to be announced.
From the Ulster Orchestra to hip hop sessions, from acoustic lunchtimes at HMV records to a night dedicated to local punk legend Terri Hooley, the week will offer a of events to showcase the wealth of opportunity and talent in the region.
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.
More information can be found at www.belfastmusic.org.
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