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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.

Youth Response to Arts Council Plan for the Arts in NI

Are you aged 14-21? Do you enjoy art, music, film? Would you like to let the Arts Council know how you feel they could improve creative and arts opportunities, support artists, audiences and communities through the arts? The Arts Council are working on a new 5 year plan and they would like to consult with you. Oh Yeah is facilitating a response from the young people of Belfast on Thursday 14th March between 5pm-7pm. Your voice is so important and this a chance to have your say, meet some new people and enjoy some pizza! If you would like to get involved contact sian@ohyeahbelfast.com

 

More Volume at the 6th Annual Digital South Youth Event

This week, the More Volume team were invited to attend and present to young attendees at the 6th Annual Digital South Youth Event organised by Forward South Belfast in Elmwood Hall. The event is designed to give school children in Years 11-14 the opportunity to meet with organisations that use technology and digital skills in their working contexts. The range of organisations attending was vast, from film makers to banks to lighting specialists.

We brought along two young up and coming artists and industry professionals who use technology every day to create, record and mix music both in professional studios and at home in accessible set ups. We engaged with over 190 pupils from schools all across Belfast and beyond, using the opportunity to promote our youth engagement programmes as well as the career avenues within the music industry that could be open to the young people.

We were delighted to attend and very excited to have been approached by one of the attending schools to look at the possibility of delivering More Volume within their school environment! Watch this space!

If you want to find out more about More Volume, get in touch via morevolume@ohyeahbelfast.com

More Volume is a youth events and industry mentoring project coordinated and delivered by Oh Yeah Music Centre and supported by the Paul Hamlyn Foundation.

Volume Control Are Now Accepting Applications

 

Applications are now live! Please click here to apply.

Volume Control is an award-winning industry and events mentoring scheme for young people aged 14-19. It offers young people the chance to run their own live music events under the guidance of Oh Yeah staff and mentors. In the process, they learn about the events and music industries; from box office to marketing and promotion, to sound, stage management, artist liaison, and more.

We are now looking to recruit a team of 12 enthusiastic young people with a passion for local music and a desire to work in music and events, to organise a series of events for 2019.

Successful applicants will meet weekly and make it happen, with help and support from Oh Yeah staff and a dedicated mentor. The project runs for one year and there are around eight gigs for the team to organise, plan, and deliver in that time.

We are also offering an OCN qualification as part of the programme.

For more information, please contact volumecontrol@ohyeahbelfast.com

 

“Volume Control was the gateway to which I got into the music industry, the experience I got has been invaluable in my career success. It’s a fantastic opportunity to learn the ins and outs of the industry, and it’s great craic! So get applying!!!!”

Ethan Owens, Volume Control Graduate

The Fugues – Lady In Pink

Regular users of our Strummerville Rehearsal Rooms, The Fugues have released a brand new video for the single Lady In Pink.

They’ll be launching it with a show in Voodoo Belfast on Wed 27th Feb.

We have a host of local bands using our very busy rooms on a regular basis, and its great to see some of them release great music.

You can find full details on the website about our rooms if you’re in need of somewhere to practice on a regular basis.

In the mean time enjoy this!