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

Stuart Bailie is launching a new book-

Trouble Songs: a book about music and conflict in N. Ireland

Trouble Songs, the story of music’s role as a persuader, agitator and peacemaker during conflicted times in Northern Ireland.

We wish him all the best and look forward to reading it.

You can support his Kickstarter appeal by pledging for a book or more 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.

New website…

We’ve given our website a refresh and switched to WordPress!

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.

We hope to have much more regular updates via our blog, so keep checking in and do sign up to our newsletter!

With our new and refreshed website up – we thought we’d remind you about our brilliant Scratch My Progress acts we’ve been working with for the last 7 months. Check out the tracks they recorded specially for the showcase EP right here….



Record deals for local music acts…

Congratulations to 2016 NI Music Prize nominee and awesome human Naomi Hamilton aka Jealous of The Birds on the announcement of their signing with Atlantic Records.


And to the lovely band Brand New Friend who also recently signed to Xtra Mile Recordings

Brand New Friend played their first ever gig at Oh Yeah for Volume Control when their keyboard player Lauren was on the team – they’ve come a long way in such a short space of time, we wish them all the success!