One of the biggest and most densely packed out festivals running in Northern Ireland is celebrating its 20th year. The Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival returns once again from tomorrow until 12th May for ten days of music, art and culture without the K.
With so much to head out to, let us shine a light on the more music orientated events taking place through the start of May, many of which are already sold out.
From Korean indie-pop outlet Say Sue Me finding themselves in McHugh’s basement to renowned songwriter Rufus Wainwright‘s two consecutive shows in the festival marquee and St Anne’s, CQAF once again caters for the many, not the few.
Kitt Philippa is one of the early risers as they play the MAC this Friday night around the same time as Echo & The Bunnymen hit the Festival Marquee, and rapper Lowkey heads up a night of hip hop in the Oh Yeah.
Following Spiritualized‘s performance on Saturday night, the incredible Hannah Peel celebrates her new album with poet Will Burns with an afternoon performance. Joshua Burnside is the pick of Sunday night in the surrounds of the 1st Presbyterian Church. On Tuesday evening Radio One’s Omagh boy-done-good Phil Taggart launches his Guide to the Music Industry book in the Oh Yeah Centre, although he’ll be competing with a no doubt stellar performance from Anna Calvi the same night.
On Sat 11th May, a number of local artists pay tribute to Jeff Buckley in Grace Revisited at the Oh Yeah centre. Well travelled folk artist DANI is this year’s artist in residence and performs her own show on Sunday 12th May as the festival draws to a close.
For the full festival line up, check out their website here.