Oh Yeah is 13!

To mark our 13th birthday we will be sharing 13 photos a day for the next 13 days. Starting with 2007.

Share your Oh Yeah photos and memories with us on our Facebook, Twitter or Instagram!

Recognise anyone?

Today is our 13th birthday. Back in 2007 on 5th May we threw open the doors for our official opening. Of course there was a lot of hard work getting to that point and we hadn’t even signed the lease yet, but we were excited and surrounded by good people, by an extended rock and roll family. The sense of mission was powerful and the community help was hugely up-lifting. 

We needed every bit of that juice in 2008 when the recession crashed in. We bounced from success to pending catastrophe. Always there was some extra, emotional reserve or a new friend, arriving with a smile and a genius fix. And then everyone was rewarded with amazing music, with talent on the rise and good people blooming with potential. Oh Yeah has surpassed all of those early dreams. 

Now on 5th May 2020 on our 13th birthday, we never imagined we would have to close because of a pandemic and it has been hard. The venue is dark and lifeless, the lights have been switched off and we miss our colleagues and friends. 

The arts in general have suffered a lot over the years, but there’s been no shortage of inspiration, creativity, activism and resilience. We are in awe of that and we hope that the powerful contribution that artists, venues and the arts make to society will be adequately supported as we come out of this crisis. 

We are thankful to our supporters, funders, sponsors, volunteers, staff and board and while things are uncertain, we are determined to get through this. 

Oh Yeah is already adapting, we are working on alternative ways to engage and do good through music and we are staying positive. 

So until we can open the doors again, we send you our best wishes and hope that you are doing ok. We send key workers, the NHS and all those working on the frontline our deepest thanks. Stay safe everyone. Here’s to seeing in our 14th birthday in 2021 with a big old fashioned party.

We thought we would share this footage of our Open Day in 2007

Were you there? Let us know.

Arts Council Impact Survey –

This short survey is designed to collect information about the financial and human impacts that the spread of the coronavirus has had on artists and arts organisations in Northern Ireland.

ACNI have pledged to work closely with colleagues in Government to share the impacts arising and make the case for additional resources to help mitigate against the short, medium and long term effects of this situation.

To help them understand, in more detail, the impact on individual artists and organisations, the Arts Council has prepared the following survey which will remain open indefinitely.

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfOIGlPm4XsMrZm0Pj1FbN_MBXui69mkKQ13-_JygP3z3KeLg/viewform

Oh Yeah joins Music Venue Trust #SaveOurVenues campaign

https://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/ohyeahbelfast

The Oh Yeah Music Centre is part of a national initiative launched by Music Venue Trust to prevent the closure of hundreds of independent music venues. 

Oh Yeah is Belfast’s dedicated music hub – a resource for music makers, fans, audiences, community and the business of music. It was constituted in 2007 in the belief that music is a valuable agent in Northern Ireland, a catalyst that changes lives for the better.

We are a not for profit and charitable organisation and we also rely on income we generate through the venue, box office, bar and room hire. 

Our venue is the beating heart of the centre and it is now closed. 

With your help donations will be used to support our plans to invest in alternative ways to support local music until the venue can open again.

Grassroots venues are the incubators of new talent, they breathe life into our towns and cities and we are proud to stand alongside this amazing community.

If we hit our target everything above the amount we need will be donated to the Music Venue Trust GMV Crisis Fund to protect other venues just like ours across the campaign.

For more info or to donate go to – https://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/ohyeahbelfast

Coronavirus – Support for artists

Things are incredibly difficult for artists right now. We have compiled a list of support we are aware of that may help. These organisations are happy to talk if you need advice on their application process and if we can help please get in touch – you can contact charlotte@ohyeahbelfast.com

  1. Musicians

Help Musicians Coronavirus Hardship Fund ( this fund is now closed, but we hope to hear of a round 2 soon and will update accordingly)

Who can apply?

  • Performers, composers/creators, those directly involved in the production of music, or those who work in a role where the main qualification is a high level of musical training
  • Individuals who are self-employed or currently unemployed

How much is available?

  • A one-off payment of £500 per person

How do I apply?

  • Via an online form. More information is available here.

Irish Music Industry COVID Relief Fund

Who can apply?

  • Irish (resident in Ireland or an Irish national) music creators, including songwriters, composers, performers, session musicians and arrangers

How much is available?

  • A one-off emergency relief payment of up to €750 EUR

How do I apply?

  • Via an online application form. More information is available here.

Arts Council Northern Ireland – Artists Emergency Programme

Who can apply?

Artists Emergency Programme

  • £500,000 Arts Council National Lottery funds to support artists and freelancers
  • This programme supports the research, design and future presentation of events, performances and other artistic projects, including resources to help artists develop their artistic practice.
  • AEP will buy artists creative time to develop their skills and practice during these difficult times, for future presentation of work.
  • This is a rolling programme, opening today until further notice, for proposals ending March 2021.

Application forms and Guidance Notes for the Artists Emergency Programme are now available from the Arts Council here.

How much is available?

  • Artists Emergency Programme – up to £5,000 per applicant

How do I apply?

  • Artists Emergency Programme – this requires an Expression of Interest form, a CV, a budget, and proof of previous experience of delivering work for the public benefit. More information is available here.

The Musicians’ Union Hardship Fund

Who can apply?

  • UK residents who are members of the Musicians’ Union or joint members of the Musicians’ Union and the National Education Union (NEU)

How much is available?

  • A one-off grant of £200 per person

How do I apply?

  • Via an application form on the Musicians’ Union website. More information is available here.

PRS for Music Emergency Relief Fund

Who can apply?

  • All PRS for Music members

How much is available?

  • Grants of up to £1000 per person

How do I apply?

  • Via an online application form. More information is available here.

PRS Foundation Sustaining Creativity Fund

Who can apply?

  • UK music creators experiencing hardship form loss of work due to COVID-19
  • The grant is to help music creators continue to create exceptional new music – this is not a hardship fund

How much is available?

  • Grants of £750 per person

How do I apply?

  • Read the guidance available and complete the online application form. More information is available here.
  • Freelancers and contractors

AIM Support Fund

Who can apply?

  • Contractors and freelancers working with artists signed to AIM member labels (e.g. tour crews, studio producers, mixing engineers, radio pluggers, graphic designers, stylists, photographers, publicists, and managers)
  • Applicants must not be eligible for any other music industry hardship funds
  • UK and Ireland nationals and residents

How much is available?

  • A fund of £1 million is available

How do I apply?

  • You must be nominated for the fund by the AIM member that had contracted you for the lost work. More information is available here.

Crew Nation

Who can apply?

  • Members of touring or venue crews, both front of house and backstage staff,  who make 50% or more of their income from this field

How much is available?

  • A one-off grant equivalent to $1000 USD

How do I apply?

  • More information is available here.
  • Small Businesses

Small Business Grant Scheme

Who can apply?

  • Small businesses that already pay reduced business rates because of Small Business Rate Relief (SBRR)

How much is available?

  • A one-off grant of £10,000

How do I apply?

  • Via the NI Department for the Economy website. More information is available here.
  • Other useful information

Corona Musicians

  • This website lists a range of support and advice for musicians during the coronavirus period, including information on funding, legal and business advice, working online, mental health and other health matters.

Music Support and Thrive

  • The mental health charity Music Support has partnered with Thrive to provide 1,000 individuals with free access to wellbeing and mental health support.

Music & You

  • Music and You have created a number of resources to help us look after our wellbeing, including stress, anxiety and our mental health, during these times.

Meditation Courses

  • The Musicians’ Union is offering free online medication sessions to support the wellbeing of the music community during the pandemic.

Music Minds Matter

  • A free, confidential, around the clock helpline run by Help Musicians for the entire music industry.

Music Support Helpline

  • A helpline for anyone in the music industry suffering from alcoholism, addiction, emotional or mental health issues.

‘Hey Girl’, a song by the Strong Women Choir with Newington Day Centre

Earlier this year The Oh Yeah Music Centre completed a 12 week programme of music activities in partnership with Newington Day Centre.

The project which is supported by the Carers’ Music Fund targets women and girls who are isolated because of their caring responsibilities.

The project was led by Music Director Anne McCambridge and Oh Yeah Music & Older People’s Manager Paul Kane. It took place at Newington Day Centre, an organisation in North Belfast which provides support for older people living in the local community and their carers.

The group of Female Carer’s that came together formed The Strong Women’s Choir. They performed for their loved ones at Christmas and went on to write a song called ‘Hey Girl’, a lighthearted memoir of nights out in Belfast at places like the Orpheus and the Ritz.

This video is a document of the workshops, songwriting and final recording session at Half Bap studio with Phil d’Alton. We think it’s excellent and wanted to share it with you.

Sending all home carers, community care centres, NHS staff and key workers during COVID-19 our deepest appreciation for the work that you do. Stay safe everyone. #clapforcarers

Wynona Bleach all ages Album Preview POSTPONED

In order to play our part in maintaining the health and welfare of our participants, staff, facilitators, audiences and volunteers, we have taken the decision to postpone this Friday’s Volume Control event.

Rest assured that we are working hard to find a new date for the show and this will be announced in due course.

If you have any questions please feel free to send us a message.

Thanks for your continued support of young people and the local music scene!

Oh Yeah Music Centre Update on Covid-19 Concerns


With the ongoing developments and concerns about Covid-19 we wanted to let you know about the additional cleaniness measures that we have implemented. The health and welfare of Oh Yeah’s staff, tenants, visitors, (we should add- participants, audiences, volunteers, facilitators and other centre users is our top priority. 


Here are the measures that Oh Yeah staff are undertaking to help prevent the spread of the virus and help protect users of the centre.

·       The frequency of our normal cleaning schedules have been increased, and additional measures are being taken in our rehearsal rooms.

·       “High-touch” surfaces such as door handles, lift buttons etc are now being treated with additional disinfectant throughout the day. 

·       Our public bathrooms are fully stocked with soap and signs have been placed throughout to instruct on safe hand washing techniques

·       We have implemented a non hand shake policy in the centre

·       Visitors are being asked to wash their hands upon entry to the centre

·       We would encourage customers to please pay by contactless debit or credit card where possible

We are taking instruction from Government and the Public Health Agency and as such we remain open as normal at present. We recognise that due to conflicting information and the fluidity of the situation this may change and as such we will update in due course.