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 of them!!) 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 – Gig Announcement!

From our very own music hub at Oh Yeah – it is with extreme pleasure that we announce that Snow Patrol is coming back to perform at Ward Park for a third time in Bangor, Northern Ireland on 25th May. We are equally happy to announce 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.

If you already purchased Wildness on any format from the official Snow Patrol store prior to 6th June, you will automatically be emailed a pre-sale code for this show on 11th December. This ticket pre-sale begins Wednesday, 12th December at 9am local time HERE.

If you subscribe to the Snow Patrol newsletter at the time that this is published, you will receive a pre-sale code for the pre-sale that begins Thursday, 13th December at 9am local time HERE.

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 have just won 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.”

Gary Lightbody to receive ‘Outstanding Contribution to Music’

Gary Lightbody to receive ‘Outstanding Contribution to Music’ award in Belfast on November 15th.

Gary Lightbody, the singer, songwriter, musician and Snow Patrol front-man, will be presented with the ‘Outstanding Contribution to Music’ award at the NI Music Prize in the Ulster Hall, Belfast, on November 15th.

Gary is the first recipient of this special award, which is in association with Oh Yeah Music Centre and Inspire Wellbeing. The presentation is in recognition of his exceptional contribution to music as an artist, but also for his active role in supporting grassroots and emerging acts from NI through the various projects and initiatives he has worked on over the years.

Gary Lightbody is a multi-platinum selling and award-winning songwriter from Bangor, Northern Ireland. He first started out in 1994 in the band ‘Shrug’, later known as ‘Polar Bear’, before gestating into Snow Patrol. He has completed a number of high-profile co-writes with artists that include Ed Sheeran, Taylor Swift and One Direction. He has been involved in several side projects during his career, including two albums with Glasgow band ‘The Reindeer Section, and more recently ‘Tired Pony, which he formed with his long-term producer Jacknife Lee along with members of both REM and Belle & Sebastian.

Gary has played a huge role in supporting artists from Northern Ireland and was instrumental in the inception and formation of the Oh Yeah Music Centre in Belfast. He also established Third Bar, a Belfast based Artist Development business set up to support Northern Irish artists in the advancement of their careers.

Charlotte Dryden of the Oh Yeah Music Centre says: “It is with great pleasure that we are able to offer this special award to Gary. Not only is he one of the most successful musicians to come out of NI, but he has always been an incredibly supportive and committed champion of the local music community. He has invested emotionally, financially and artistically to support its growth, promotion and development. Gary has also very recently opened up about his own battle with depression and so it is only fitting that this presentation is in association with Inspire Wellbeing, a charity doing brilliant work in the area of mental health. We are delighted to be able to combine the opportunity to thank Gary and to promote the work of Inspire, at what is going to be a fantastic evening in celebration of local music as part of the NI Music Prize”.

Peter McBride, CEO of Inspire said, “Gary Lightbody’s contribution to music is immense and all of us from this part of the world are very proud of his global success. The entire team at Inspire is particularly grateful for his powerful contribution on mental health. Through sharing his own story, Gary has helped breakdown stigma and encouraged all of us to seek help when we need it, talk about our mental health and to look after each other. Inspire is very proud to be associated with Oh Yeah Music Centre and with Gary on such a special night celebrating creativity, community and all that is good about Northern Ireland. On behalf of our service users, staff and volunteers we offer a huge Inspire congratulations to Gary on this award and our deepest gratitude for his solidarity in challenging the stigma surrounding mental ill-health.”

The ‘Outstanding Contribution to Music’, presentation will be preceded by the NI Music Prize, an awards evening featuring four categories including Best Single, Best Album, Best Live Act and The Oh Yeah Contender Award. There will be performances from six of the nominees on the night, including Hannah Peel, Roe, The Wood Burning Savages, Ciaran Lavery, Ryan Vail featuring Arco String Quartet and Brand New Friend. The announcement of winners and all presentations will take place throughout the evening. The event is open to the public and tickets can be purchased from the Ulster Hall website.

This event is part of a wider programme, Sound of Belfast that will take place November 8-15th Nov.

Tickets only available via Ulster Hall website at

tinyurl.com/NIMPrize

The NI Music Prize is supported by Belfast City Council, British Council, Arts Council Northern Ireland, PPL, PRS, Help Musicians NI, Invest Northern Ireland, and Just Lite Productions.

For more info contact jeff@jeffrobinsonpr.com or info@ohyeahbelfast.com

For more info on Inspire https://www.inspirewellbeing.org/

The NI Music Prize – www.nimusicprize.com

Third Bar Belfast – https://thethirdbarcom.wordpress.com/category/third-bar-artist-development/

Snow Patrol – https://snowpatrol.com/

Sound of Belfast – www.soundofbelfast.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fun Lovin’ Crime Writer’s Noirish Night

Crime fiction’s supergroup heads for Belfast!

Meet Val McDermid, Mark Billingham, Christopher Brookmyre, Stuart Neville, Luca Veste and Doug Johnstone at a unique night of music, craic and crime fiction.

Not only are these guys some of the most talented and entertaining crime writers around, they can also play a mean (crime-inspired) tune. So join us for Noirish Night with the Fun Lovin’ Crime Writers for one of the most memorable gigs of the year!

The Allergies with Andy Cooper, 12th Jan 2019

Superfly Funk and Soul Belfast presents The Allergies, as they hit the road to promote their new album, ‘ Steal The Show.’ The boys will be manning the decks but joining them onstage will be super rapper, Andy Cooper, also known as the 3rd Allergy! Dj support comes from Superfly Guy himself, Pete Brady and also Dublin’s Shawn Bracebridge. These events have proven to be ultra popular, so grab your tickets while you can.

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Jackie Flavelle – Oh Yeah Legend Award 2018

The Oh Yeah Legend Award recognises the exceptional contribution of a musician from Northern Ireland.

This year we are honoured to add the late great Jackie Flavelle to the Legend series at the NI Music Exhibition in Oh Yeah. Jackie was the Bass master from North Belfast via Donaghadee, a giant of the Jazz an Blues scene who worked with many well known names over the years including Ottilie Patterson, Chris Barber, Sonny Terry, Brownie McGhee, Dr John, Sonny Boy Williamson and Rod Stewart to name only a few.

The event which takes place on Thursday 8th November has been curated by his daughter Lisa and will be presented by Stuart Bailie. The evening will include a posthumous presentation in his honour and several accomplished musicians and artists will come together to celebrate and pay tribute with a night filled with live music.

As Lisa said it will be a Jam for Jackie.

Tickets Here