Volume Control present cheque to Every Day Harmony!

Volume Control are the team of young promoters (age 14+) running their own all ages gigs in Belfast. Their annual ‘Clash of the New Breeds’ competition on Friday 9 November at Oh Yeah Music Centre provides a fun intro to live music in a safe environment for younger attendees. And better still, all in the name of a good cause! This year our in-house superstars donated all proceeds (all £885!!) to a local charity, Every Day Harmony.

Every Day Harmony is passionate about, and committed to supporting, people who find communication and interaction difficult. This may be for a defined period in someone’s life or as the result of a lifelong condition. We believe that because music is a fundamental part of being human, it crosses all barriers. Year after year and person after person we see the evidence of that.

Their vision:

“To see every child, young person and adult in Northern Ireland receive the level of music therapy service that meets their need.”

 

Well done Volume Control!!! You are our heroes!

Snow Patrol Press Conference @ Oh Yeah – Ward Park 3

On 7th December, Snow Patrol held a press conference at Oh Yeah to announce their return to Ward Park in Bangor, Northern Ireland on 25th May 2019. Ward Park 3!

We are delighted to see they will be joined by an all Northern Irish bill of Foy Vance, ASH, SOAK, Jealous Of The Birds, Brand New Friend, JC Stewart, The Wood Burning Savages, Kitt Philippa, and ROE and a very special guest as yet to be confirmed.

 

General tickets for this show go on sale Friday, 14th December at 9am local time HERE.

Information and tickets to all Snow Patrol shows can be found HERE.

NI Music Prize – ‘Best Single’

‘Human’ is a powerful plea to be kind and to look after each other – delivered with poise and purpose through a delicate and uplifting electronic lens. ‘Human’ was released earlier this year and has been championed by Mary Anne Hobbs, Tom Robinson, Phil Taggart, Today FM, RTE 2FM, Nialler 9, Hotpress, The Line of Best Fit….

 

Kitt Philippa was presented with the award, by previous NI Music Prize winner SOAK, at the Ulster Hall Belfast on Thursday 15th November 2018. In an emotional acceptance speech Kitt addressed the recurring theme of the night – mental health. “My family, and those very close to me, have been and are vital. These years have not been easy. Taking care of my mental health is a journey and it’s ongoing. that’s okay.”

NI Music Prize – Best Live Act

“The first award up for grabs at the NI Music Prize 2018 was the Best Live Act with little seemingly to separate the five nominees (And So I Watch You From Afar, Brand New Friend, Robocobra Quartet, Ryan Vail & The Wood Burning Savages) who all offer unique live experiences. Rather fittingly presented by long term champion of the band Tom Robinson, Derry’s The Wood Burning Savages got the nod. Anyone who witnessed their album launch or set at Stendhal this year will know it was well deserved.”

 

– Robert Brown, Chordblossom.

NI Music Prize – ‘Best Album’

Derry band The Wood Burning Savages picked up the NI Music Prize 2018 for their debut album ‘Stability’ – a snarling, articulate equally in thrall to the catchy buzz-punk of Husker Du or the headbutt riffs of Queens of the Stone Age.

Charlotte Dryden, CEO of Oh Yeah said: “Congratulations and massive thanks to all the nominees, performers, presenters and winners of each category. It was a fantastic night of some of the best homegrown music we have to offer. It was a community coming together, much more than a gig, and one of the things that stood out for us was how important it is for us to look out for each other. Gary’s speech was from the heart and his openness about mental health was very moving. We were delighted to present him with the Outstanding Contribution to Music Award in association with Inspire and congratulations again to The Wood Burning Savages on taking home Best Live and Best Album, to ROE for The Oh Yeah Contender Award and to Kitt Philippa for Best Single. The Ulster Hall looked absolutely stunning and thanks again to all our funders and supporters for helping to make it happen.”

NI Music Prize – ‘Oh Yeah Contender’

The Northern Ireland Music Prize honours and celebrates the very best of Northern Irish albums, and this year includes three additional categories for Best Single, Best Live Act and The Oh Yeah Contender Award. The Oh Yeah Contender Award was announced as a means of celebrating emerging acts within the thriving Northern Irish music scene.

This years winner for the award (AND nominee for Best Single) ROE – owned the stage with those distinguishable electro pop sounds on the night.

Thanks to NIMP sponsors, we were able to introduce a cash prize for each of the winners, and the addition of three categories indicates just how strong things are in Northern Irish music right now. Oh Yeah CEO Charlotte Dryden comments, “It is fantastic to see completely fresh talent like Cherym sit alongside international names like Snow Patrol. We have always had the biggest faith in our music community, and we want to celebrate, support and promote it beyond Belfast and Northern Ireland. We hope to see as many people come out to support the nominees on the night.”