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.”

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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NI Music Prize shortlist announced

NI Music Prize shortlist announced.

The NI Music Prize shortlist for 2018 has been announced. The event, which will take place on November 15th at the iconic Ulster Hall, is now in its 6th year and includes the return of three categories that formed part of the very first NI Music Awards back in 2011.

Over 80 industry and media cast their vote for the best Album of the last twelve months. They were also invited to nominate for Best Live, Best Single and the Oh Yeah Contender Award for best emerging act.

There will be a second round of voting for all but Best Single, which will go to public vote later this week. The winners of all four categories will be announced on November 15th.

Oh Yeah is also pleased to announce that the winners of each category will be awarded a cash prize. Best Single, Best Live Act and Oh Yeah Contender will receive £1,000 and £3,000 will go to the winner of Best Album.

The NI Music Prize is coordinated by the Oh Yeah Music Centre and is supported by Belfast City Council, Arts Council of Northern Ireland, British Council, PRS (Performing Rights Society), PPL (Phonographic Performance Limited), Help Musician’s Northern Ireland, Invest Northern Ireland and Tourism Ireland.

www.nimusicprize.com

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Further details are to be announced in the coming days, but for now, here is the shortlist…..

Album of the Year

 And So I Watch You From Afar – The Endless Shimmering

Ash – Islands

Bicep – Bicep

Brand New Friend – Seatbelts For Aeroplanes

Ciaran Lavery – Sweet Decay

Girls Names – Stains on Silence

Hannah Peel – Mary Casio: Journey to Cassiopeia

Malojian – Let Your Weirdness Carry You Home

Robocobra Quartet – Plays Hard To Get

Ryan Vail – Distorted Shadows

Snow Patrol – Wildness

The Wood Burning Savages – Stability

Best Single

Arvo Party – Liberté

Ash – Buzzkill

Brand New Friend – Girl

Cherym – Take It Back

Hot Cops – Decay

Joshua Burnside – A Man of High Renown

Kitt Philippa – Human

Robocobra Quartet – You’ll Wade

ROE – Hey Thomas

Rosborough – Burn Blue

Snow Patrol – Life on Earth

The Wood Burning Savages – I Don’t Know Why I Do It To Myself

 

Oh Yeah Contender Award

Cherym

Hand Models

Hunkpapa

Rebekah Fitch

Roe

Best Live Act

And So I Watch You From Afar

Brand New Friend

Robocobra Quartet

Ryan Vail

The Wood Burning Savages

Album Shortlist

 

 

 

The Chapter & Verse according to Tony Wright

Longterm friend of Oh Yeah and More Volume mentor, Tony Wright, has just released his sixth studio album in 9 years, the acclaimed ‘outro’ has been picking up rave reviews across the board – with The Irish Times declaring it, “a work of pure joy”. He released the album as a precursor to his highly anticipated first book, “Chapter & Verse(ChorusVerse)” which launches at The Belfast MAC (where Tony is currently Artist in Residence) on October 17th as part of the Belfast International Festival at Queens followed by a tour of theatres across Ireland, where Tony will be performing a One Man Show of theatrical readings from the work interspersed with songs from his extensive back catalogue.

On top of this and  delivering Oh Yeah’s More Volume:Shankill programme as well, Tony is co-starring in a web based comedy series about musicians that he wrote additional material with alongside his good friend Michael Macullagh, “Son of The Hound” before he makes his feature film debut in the biopic of sportsman, Bert Trautmann in November. What a busy human!

To find out more and to buy Tony’s latest work, head to: VerseChorusVerse Bandcamp.