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Scratch My Progress 2019: Applications Open!

WE ARE NOW RECRUITING for the 2019 Scratch My Progress Talent Development Programme at the Oh Yeah Music Centre. This is a fully funded career development accelerator programme designed to help new musicians breakthrough in the music industry! Full details, guidelines and application form available on the following link;

Apply here!

Deadline for submissions is Tuesday 16th July @ 6pm. Scratch My Progress is supported by PRS Foundation, Help Musicians Northern Ireland and Arts Council of Northern Ireland.

Our Strummerville Rehearsal Rooms are now open from 10am, Mon-Fri! Full specs can be found here.

To book a session send us a message on Facebook or give us a call on 02890 310 845.

Volume Control is back for 2019!

Oh Yeah youth music promoters ‘Volume Control return with support from Universal Music UK Sound Foundation.

The Oh Yeah Music Centre in Belfast is pleased to announce the return of its youth events mentoring programme Volume Control.

The award winning project is to be supported by the Universal Music UK Sound Foundation, an independent music education charity, established in 1997 to celebrate the centenary of EMI Records and now supported by Universal Music.

Volume Control which is also supported through the Conor Shaw Bursary is a programme that develops the skills and knowledge of young people in events promotion and offers an OCN qualification. It gives a platform and a stage to new music and affords an under 18s audience the opportunity to attend live gigs.

Steered by Oh Yeah mentors and industry professionals the team are guided in the organisation and running of a series of live music events. From booking acts to box office, risk assessments, marketing, promotions, sound, lighting, stage management, artist liaison and more.

The latest cohort of young people taking part in this unique project will be announced in the coming weeks along with their brand new mentor.

For now they are working hard, meeting weekly and planning their first show of 2019 which they will present as a Summer Solstice special on Friday 21st June.

The event will feature performances from fresh young acts for the future including punk pop four piece American Guinea Pig, Xiola Blue and Anja Di Roma.

More exciting info coming soon but for now get your tickets for the Summer Solstice via the Oh Yeah Eventbrite (from 6pm Friday 24th May)

Volume Control presents:

American Guinea Pig

Xiola Blue

Anja Di Roma

Friday 21st June

Doors 7pm

Tickets £5 from Oh Yeah Eventbrite.

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