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Throwback to NI Music Showcase in Berlin

Back in April we returned to Berlin to deepen our bond with the brilliant city of Berlin. With support from the Arts Council of Northern Ireland and British Council Northern Ireland Artists development fund we were able to showcase some of the 2018 Northern Ireland Music Prize nominees CHERYM ArvoParty and Hot Cops. Led by our Talent Development coordinator Charlene Hegarty, with inside support and knowledge from Berlin based LOLA and Caoimhe McAlister the artists met with, exchanged ideas and learned from industry and peers in the Berlin music sector.
Watch this mini doc for the full experience…

From Belfast to Berlin

There are real similarities between Belfast and Berlin. Both cities have experienced significant trauma and divisive walls, yet both are also wellsprings of music and creativity. To showcase the positive side of the city and the quality of its homegrown talent, the Oh Yeah Music Centre brought Hot Cops, CHERYM and ArvoParty from Belfast to Berlin to showcase The Northern Ireland Music Prize. Belfast got a taste of what the Berlin music industry has to offer, and Berlin got a faceful of Belfast banter and good tunes.

Gepostet von LOLA am Montag, 20. Mai 2019

Easter Opening Hours

The centre will close for Easter from 3pm on Friday 19th April, reopening at 8.30 on Wednesday 24th April.

The Oh Yeah team wishes you a happy Easter!

Revise your cinematographic classics with Silver Screens Project

In collaboration with the Strand Arts Centre and the Golden Threads Gallery, Over The Hill Collective has been putting together the Silver Screens Programme.  Using memories from music and film to build confidences and camaraderie, older people groups were asked to recreate iconic film posters. Hearing from Paul and the different hosts of the shooting, it was a lot of fun but also a moment for opening up some great debate about social issues and how some things have changed and some haven’t.

On Thursday, 11th April, was the screening of ‘Easter Parade’, followed by live music and the display of the posters.

Here are some!

If you want to see them all, they’ll be exhibited at the Golden Threads Gallery pop-up shop in Castle Court in May, with some behind the scene pictures!

Women’s Work 2019 · 5-9 June · Programme Details Announced

Guilty Feminist, FairPlé, Hannah Peel, Alana Henderson, Queen Zee, Brigid O’Neill and more set for Women’s Work.

The Oh Yeah Music Centre has announced the details of its fourth Women’s Work programme. The festival, which is an annual celebration of women in music, will take place across five days and nights and includes a range of activities that are open to all genders and include showcases, gigs, special events, panels, talks, and workshops.

One of the highlights for 2019 includes the Belfast debut of The Guilty Feminist. The award winning Podcast presented by Deborah Frances-White will be recorded live at the Limelight 1 on Saturday 8th June.

The festival also involves shows from Alana Henderson at the Strand, a Start Together party with Queen Zee at the Limelight 2, and Hannah Peel will be taking part in the Oh Yeah Getting To Know series. Derry author Geraldine Quigley of ‘Music Love Drugs War’ will be talking to Women Aloud. Weather permitting, Brigid O’Neill is this years’ intimate rooftop artist at Oh Yeah, and Bird & Bramble is paying tribute to Blondie. There’s a screening of Bad Reputation, which documents the story of Joan Jett, and there’s a women of Irish Hip Hop night presented by Elixer.

The programme is busy and there’s also the annual Women’s Work Showcase to look forward to. This event will play host to the freshest new sounds from the likes of Wynona Bleach, Molly Sterling, DENA, Gemma Bradley, Gender Chores and more!

Several workshops, talks and advice sessions will feature from the likes of Girls Rock School NI, Female DIY Tribe, GIRL and Musicians’ UnionEscuelas de Paz & Beyond Skin will also host a conversation with special guest Genesis, a Columbian Beauty Queen, activist and musician, which is sure to be a fascinating discussion.

Underpinning four of the events this year is ‘Women In Music’, a funding initiative through Help Musicians NI. One of these is FairPlé, a campaign to achieve gender balance in Traditional Music and Folk. They will present a series of talks and discussions at the Duncairn Arts Centre.

Women’s Work is supported by Help Musicians NI and Keith Millar regional manager said, “Everyone at Help Musicians NI is really pleased to be continuing our collaboration, as official charity partner to the fantastic Women’s Work festival, into a third year. The goals of the charity and Women’s Work are very much in tandem as we push to build, support and nurture diversity in the music industry. In that spirit, in addition to our own activity, we are very pleased to have four of the recipients of our Women In Music (WiM) NI Fund showcasing at this year’s festival. The WiM NI Fund is a bespoke fund specific to NI launched at Women’s Work in 2018, which is designed to support organisations and established collectives working to promote gender equality and the role of women in music. At Help Musicians NI we’re proud and excited to see the fruits of some of our beneficiaries’ labours displayed at the festival one year on.”

Lord Mayor of Belfast, Councillor Deirdre Hargey said:

“Belfast boasts a vibrant and diverse music scene that everyone can be proud of. Our reputation for developing world- class talent continues to grow from strength to strength and the contribution women make to that success cannot be underestimated.

 “The Women’s Work Festival programme is packed full of fantastic events, celebrating the positive impact of women in the local music scene. I am delighted to be part of the launch today and I would encourage as many people as possible to get involved and enjoy what the festival has to offer.”

Charlotte Dryden of Oh Yeah said:

“It’s shaping up to be another brilliant year. We’re absolutely delighted that the Guilty Feminist is making its Belfast debut as part of the festival. As for the rest of the programme, the level of collaborative working, shared ideas and ethos is humbling and it makes us proud to be able to facilitate, host and showcase so many initiatives. Thanks to Help Musicians NI for getting behind the festival, their support has been solid and we are proud to partner with them again for 2019.”

The Festival runs 5th – 9th June.

A fresh new website goes live on April 11th.

For full details go to www.womensworkni.co.uk

New team member at Oh Yeah Music Centre!

Please say hello to our new Youth Engagement Assistant, Caoimhe O’Connell. Caoimhe studied Music Events Management in London and comes to Oh Yeah with ten years experience in music, events, youth work, community engagement and Irish teaching. She has a passion for working with the younger generation and is dedicated to developing the participation of young people in the Arts, specifically in music and live events.

Welcome to the team Caoimhe!

Belfast Music Bus Tour is back for a new season!

The Belfast Music Bus Tour returns this year with even more music, history and facts!

The Belfast Music Tour is a journey across the city that reveals the music, the artists and the landscape that have brought character to the city. The two-hour bus trip starts at the beautifully restored Ulster Hall, home to the Ulster Orchestra and also host to Led Zeppelin in 1971 for the world premiere of “Stairway to Heaven”, and will take you across the city, along with tales from Them and Van Morrison, by way of awesome guitar players, traditional and folk, to punk rock and Hollywood soundtracks.

All the information and tickets link are on this website, here

Arvo Party, Cherym and Hot Cops: showcase in Berlin

Northern Irish acts Arvo Party, Cherym and Hot Cops were playing on April, 2nd in Berlin, at Rotbart venue, in the historic bohemian village of Rixdorf, in the heart of Neukölln neighbourhood. The gig, organised by NI Music Prize and Oh Yeah Music Centre, with kind support from the Arts Council of Northern Ireland, the Embassy of Ireland in Germany, and British Council was a great way to export a sample of NI Music scene abroad. The Irish ambassador to Germany, Michael Collins, opened the night with a speech about the Brexit and its potential consequences for Irish people settled in Berlin and Germany. During the day at Rotbart, Berlin-Ireland Pro Choice solidarity sold merchandise to raise money for Alliance For Choice  and the #NowForNI campaign. Only one word to say: wunderbar!

Arvo Party, Cherym and Hot Cops were all shortlisted in Best Single category at the NI Music Prize and Cherym was also shortlisted in the Oh Yeah Contenders Award.

Staff members Sian and Charlene Highly Commended in Mentor of The Year category at UK Creative & Cultural Skills Awards

We’re very proud of our two team members Sian Mulholland and Charlene Hegarty who were shortlisted in the Mentor of The Year category for 2019 UK Creative & Cultural Skills Awards. They came away with the Highly Commended mention in that category for their passionate work with young people here at Oh Yeah Music Centre, i.e Volume Control and More Volume. It’s a great representation of Northern Ireland in the UK Creative and Cultural industry! CEO Charlotte Dryden and Youth Engagement Manager/nominee Sian Mulholland went to Cardiff on April, 1st (no joke) to get the precious prize at the 2019 UK Creative & Cultural Skills Awards ceremony.

Congratulations again!

Scratch My Progress artist Alice LA has released her brand new single!

Alice LA is one of the artists of the Scratch My Progress programme based here at the Oh Yeah Music Centre. On March, 28th, after days of teasing on social media, Alice released her brand new single: ‘Flowers and Florentines’. This song is about those best friends we’ve got separated from through the years, because we went studying, because one decided to travel the world, because each other has found a job and got trapped in the routine. It’s also about meeting those close friends again, promising each other to be their soulmate forever.
But don’t worry, the pop and electro vibes – main ingredients of Alice’s musical magic – will make you dance anyway, with your best friend or not!

Listen to ‘Flowers and Florentines’

Listen to Arvo Party’s remix of ‘Flowers and Florentines’

Follow Alice LA on Spotify

 

Acoustic Picnic – Busiest Yet!

Our family friendly community is growing ever bigger!

Last Saturday Oh Yeah ran its March Acoustic Picnic as part of the wonderful Young at Art Belfast Children’s Festival. It was most certainly our biggest to date and we want to thank all the families that came along and made it such a great day.

Acoustic Picnic is a lunch time event that usually runs on the second Saturday of each month. It takes place in the main Oh Yeah venue space and is a relaxed event with games and crafts for children and live music from the Over The Hill Collective for all the family. We encourage families to bring own picnic lunch to save on cost of eating out, but we do sell a nice coffee too!

If you would like to become part of the network and hear about upcoming events first then join the Facebook family group – search for Acoustic Picnic at Oh Yeah.

Please note photo and film are sometimes taken at events – if you would prefer not to have your photo taken, let a member of staff know.