BBC Biggest Weekend Fringe

Are you aged 16 – 24 years old?

On Saturday 21 April the BBC is hosting an employability event at Oh Yeah for young people as part of the Biggest Weekend Fringe providing them with digital, creative and employability skills, and an opportunity to apply for several work experience placements at the festival site.

The BBC is partnering with several youth organisations committed to working with young people in delivering these valuable skills.

The morning session will run from 10am until 1.30pm and the afternoon session will run from 2pm until 5.45pm at the Oh Yeah Music Centre in Belfast, consisting of one main Q&A featuring several key speakers and a choice from three workshops. Alongside this there will be a ‘Market Place’ with various local organisations to provide one to one advice on a range of career paths.

You can register for your ticket until 11.55pm on Wednesday 11 April. Tickets will be distributed by random draw with 90% going to Belfast postcodes*and 10% going to the rest of the UK.

This event is only for 16 to 24 year olds and Photo ID will be required. Entry will be refused without a valid ID.

For more info and to register go HERE

 

Women’s Work returns, 5th – 10th June 2018.

The Oh Yeah Music Centre has revealed the programme illustration and dates for Women’s Work 2018.

The Festival, which is confidently entering its third term, is doing so in acknowledgement of the centenary year of the Representation of The People Act 1918.

The artwork which is by Belfast based Illustrator Fiona McDonnell incorporates the colours and tone of what became a milestone event in the in the fight for democratic equality, which is still being fought today around the world in different forms.

Women’s Work was established to celebrate and highlight the contribution that women make to music. Inspired by a growing global movement across the music industry towards a more even playing field the festival aims to celebrate diversity and inspire a sense of confidence in female talent from Northern Ireland.

The festival is open to all genders and includes showcases, gigs, special events, panels, talks, and exhibitions. The programme incorporates grassroots, emerging and established talent and includes regional, national and international guests. To date the festival has showcased over 120 performances and welcomed over 60 guest speakers and industry.

This year will run June 5th – 10th inclusive and programme details will follow in the coming weeks.

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Thanks to Stuart Bell for the design and technical support and to our former intern Aine Cronin McCartney for help with uploading existing and new content.

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Oh Yeah now OCN Centre

Oh Yeah is pleased to say it is now an officially recognised Open College Network NI Centre.

The recent participants on the Capital XTRA Music Potential MPX course will be the first ever group to come out of the centre with an OCN accreditation from Oh Yeah.

Future Oh Yeah OCN work will include Volume Control and our new Paul Hamlyn funded project More Volume.

 

Capital XTRA’s Music Potential has kicked off at the Oh Yeah Centre. 

Over 50 young adults from a wide range of backgrounds have been offered the opportunity to gain experience and a qualification through the programme currently being delivered over the last two weeks at Oh Yeah in conjunction with Capital XTRA and the Big Lottery.

There are five learning streams currently being delivered; Radio Production, Music Production, Studio Production, Live Events Management and Songwriting and Performance Skills. Each stream is engaging with a group of young people who are all hoping to make their big break in their chosen field, with the help of experienced industry mentors.

A showcase of all material and learning will be happening in Belfast in April before three acts and a live events team head to London to perform and produce a national showcase in Koko, Camden in late May.

The talent and commitment on display from day one has been amazing. Watch this space for interviews, videos, tracks and more coming from the Music Potential programme.

Photo – Songwriting mentors Leah McFall and Iain Archer at the recent Capital XTRA Music Potential Bootcamp at Oh Yeah.

Volume Control now taking applications…

Apply HERE

Volume Control is an award winning music 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 young people learn about the events and music industry, from box office to marketing and promotion, to sound, stage management, artist liaison and more.READ MORE

Volume Control returns with very special bursary…

Volume Control is back, and will honour the memory of young music fan with a new bursary.

The Oh Yeah Music Centre in Belfast has announced the return of its award-winning Volume Control with a very special partnership, and brand new opportunity for young people involved in local music.READ MORE

Oh Yeah ‘Highly Commended’ at Arts & Business Awards

Oh Yeah was delighted to pick up a highly commended at last weeks Arts & Business Awards for our new partnership with Blue Moon and the sponsorship of Sound of Belfast Festival incorporating the NI Music Prize in 2016.

The awards recognise the strong creative connections between the world of arts and business. Showcasing the strength and success of commerce and culture when merged, creating something amazing together. The businesses that were shortlisted ranged from the likes of accounting and transport to retail and insurance. Arts entrants covered a diverse variety of art forms ranging from theatre and festival to literature and visual art.READ MORE