This Thursday marks the return of Belfast’s Output conference and series of evening gigs. The daytime conference and events will take place in the MAC and the Oh Yeah Music centre and will ensure a wealth of knowledge about the inner workings of the music industry are passed onto the delegates.
Councillor Ryan Murphy, Chair of Belfast City Council’s City Growth and Regeneration Committee said: “Now that Belfast is recognised by UNESCO as a City of Music, it’s even more important that we invest in our musicians, our music infrastructure and our support to raise them to the next level. Music is such a vital part of our identity and our life experience in Belfast and we’re so fortunate to have an incredible amount of talent in our city. Music not only brings vitality to Belfast, it also builds shared experiences, creates jobs and profiles us in a positive light. We’re proud to present the Output conference as it provides a really valuable development opportunity for our artists, giving practical insights into the music business, and excellent opportunities to network and make industry connections.”
The opening keynotes will come from Eamonn Forde, award-winning music journalist and author, Sybil Bell, founder of Independent Venue Week and Peter Leathem, Chief Executive Officer at PPL. Throughout the day you’ll find talks on how to land a booking agent, how to become a successful co-writer, how to access and apply for funding and a host of other interesting panels.
The closing keynote speech will come from Tim Burgess. From the runaway success over lockdown of Tim’s Twitter Listening Parties, to his stance on issues such as band merchandise, and his amplification of the Broken Record campaign (let alone albums, festival stage curation, DJ sets, record label, books and writing, and touring both solo and with The Charlatans) Tim Burgess has in recent years risen to become one of the most relevant, original and compelling voices in the UK music eco system. He will chat with journalist Roisin Dwyer as he reflects upon all those things and much more.
You can still register to attend the panels here – Output 2022 Schedule & Registration.
Over the last number of years we’ve had the absolute privilege of hosting a showcase at Output and 2022 is no different. We are thrilled to be joining forces with Sentric Music to host Thom Southern, Lucy Gaffney, Buí and smallmint in the Duke of York. Even if that doesn’t tickle your fancy, there are ten other showcases happening around the Cathedral Quarter that evening. The best thing about these showcases is that they are free to attend so there is no excuse not to get out there.
If you need help planning your evening, hopefully the brilliant planner our Aaron put together will make things easy. We look forward to seeing you all throughout the day and down the front at the gigs.