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Sunflowerfest 2017

Applications Open For Artists To Play Sunflowerfest 2017

It wouldn’t be festival season in Northern Ireland without the Hillsborough based, Sunflowerfest. Set across three days it usually merges a wealth of Irish talent with some bigger name acts from across the sea for a brilliant family friendly event….

February 5, 2017

Independent Venue Week

Independent Venue Week 2017 kicks off

Independent Venue Week is back for 2017 this week. The 7 day celebration is staged across more than 120 independent venues throughout the UK. It has seen a strong set of shows taking place in Northern Ireland in the last…

January 24, 2017

Drake Music Project

‘Big Ears’ & ‘Performance Without Barriers’

Pioneering projects are ongoing helping young people with disabilities to make music with the Drake Music Project. With over two and a half decades of experience in Northern Ireland helping young people with limited gestural ability, Drake Music Project have…

January 12, 2017

Bulleit Bourbon Battle Of the Bands

Bulleit Bourbon Battle Of The Bands

The Pavilion Bar in Belfast are once again hosting a competition for bands and musicians to win big. Titled the ‘Bulleit Bourbon Battle Of The Bands‘, the grand prize is a whopping £1,000 in cash which would go a long…

January 2, 2017

Lyric Theatre Peter McCauley Ursula Burns Duke Special

Northern Irish Musicians Invade the Lyric

Collaborations between organisations and individuals can often produce fantastic results, just take Ciaran Lavery and Ryan Vail’s album, Sea Legs if you need an example. The Lyric Theatre are pleased to announce that three local musicians will be involved in…

December 14, 2016

Out to Lunch Festival returns for January 2017

One of the first Northern Irish festivals of the calendar year Out to Lunch returns again from 6 – 29th January with a packed programme of music, comedy and more. Returning for its twelfth year, there looks to be plenty on…

December 6, 2016

3 Bands In 3 Years

3 Bands In 3 Years Funding Announced

Help Musicians UK recently launched a branch in Northern Ireland and they will be offering musicians from the province a range of funding opportunities. The first of these is 3:3 – 3 Bands in 3 Years which will support emerging…

November 29, 2016

Mojo Fury Moira Calling

Moira Calling Offer Early Bird Special For 2017

After a very successful debut event, the organisers of Moira Calling are pleased to confirm that it will return in 2017. They aren’t quite ready to start unveiling any of the line-up yet however, you should keep Saturday 9th September…

November 21, 2016

Trucker Diablo

Trucker Diablo Launch 2nd Pledge Campaign

Lurgan loudness merchants, Trucker Diablo, threatened to go away a couple of years ago and then, whaddya know, came back swinging with their strongest album to date – ‘Rise Above The Noise’ – thanks, in financial terms anyway, to the…

November 20, 2016

Fireland Release ‘Fireland III – Believe Or Die’

  On 18 November 2016, Northern Irish heavy metal band Fireland will release their brand new full-length studio album, entitled Fireland III – Believe Or Die This new album marks a sea change in the band’s history, with the sound…

November 20, 2016

Ciaran Lavery wins NI Music Prize 2016

Friday night saw the 2016 edition of the NI Music Prize take place in Belfast’s Mandela Hall. From a shortlist of twelve albums from the very best in Northern Irish music, there was to be only one winner. Following in…

November 14, 2016


Chordblossom Presents #HMNItakeover

If you haven’t heard by now, Help Musicians UK have set up a base in Northern Ireland and will be doing their best to improve the lives of musicians and help organisations that support them going forward. To celebrate the…

November 9, 2016

Scratch My Progress 2016

Scratch My Progress Class of 2016 Launch

Since its inception, the Oh Yeah Music Centre has offered local musicians a large number of opportunities that otherwise wouldn’t have been open to them. One of the key components of their work is the revered Scratch My Progress programme…

November 7, 2016

Atlantic Sessions 2016

Atlantic Sessions Returns With A Stellar Programme For 2016

The Atlantic Sessions has been a stalwart of the local music scene up the North Coast for a number of years now. For 2016 the festival of sorts returns with a stellar programme of live events for all you music…

November 1, 2016

Clash of the New Breeds

Clash of the New Breeds Deadline Looming

Musicians and bands aged between 14 and 24 years old, should note that the deadline for Volume Control’s Clash of the New Breeds competition is looming large. The team based in the Oh Yeah Music centre are collaborating with Worthington’s Solicitors…

October 12, 2016