• Oct
    Inside Moves Presents… Thris Tian |


    Local club night Inside Moves welcomes one of the original architects of the Boiler Room - Thris Tian - to Oh Yeah for his Belfast debut.


    With such a plethora of musical experience, we can’t wait to get Thris Tian on stage to showcase his reputation as a passionate DJ and natural talent as music selector. Having a CV ranging from lead programmer / A&R for Boiler Room, apprentice to Gilles Peterson at Brownswood and weekly radio show host of Dark N’ Lovely Global Roots on NTS, it’s safe to say we are in for a treat. Expect everything from tropical grooves, Nigerian funk and beyond. Support on the night will again come from a trio of Belfast boyos – Jamie Nelson, Conor Harding and Phil Mellon.


    Tickets available as usual from skiddle. Last two have been sell outs so you know the score.


    1st Release  £8 / 2nd Release £10 - Available here.


    More information available here.

  • Oct
    ‘The Gay Ballads of Ireland’ - An Illustrated talk by Stuart Bailie |

    Numerous lyricists, balladeers and performers have responded in a creative manner to the gay experience in Ireland. These include Oscar Wilde, Brendan Behan, Shane MacGowan and Sinead O’ Connor. Important songs such as ‘Under Clery’s Clock’, ‘Madame George’ and ‘The Old Main Drag’ have reflected feelings of suppression, rebellion and ultimately the move towards acceptance and equality. Music writer and broadcaster Stuart Bailie charts this trajectory, with
    reference to the recent work of Villagers, Brian Kennedy and Soak.

    This is a co-production by Oh Yeah and the Institute for Collaborative Research in the Humanities, Queen’s University Belfast.

    Free admission but numbers are limited.

    Contact to reserve a place.

    6pm | FREE | Oh Yeah

  • Oct
    Katharine Philipa, Owen Denvir and Joshua Burnside |

    Oh Yeah Music Centre and the Queens University Institute for Collaborative Research in the Humanities team up for a special, seated performance that will feature three remarkable musical acts. The evening will also draw attention to the rich dialogue between Oh Yeah and Queen’s University.

    The line-up includes

    Katharine Philippa -
    Joshua Burnside -
    Owen Denvir -

    Since opening its doors in 2007, Oh Yeah has been a resource for music and the business of music, developing talent with initiatives such as Scratch My Progress. The artists Katharine Philippa, Joshua Burnside and Owen Denvir have all been showcased at the Gordon Street project. Importantly, they are all alumni of Queen’s University’s various music programmes. This is an opportune time to celebrate this interchange.

    Bar is open - over 18s only.

    8pm | £5 | Oh Yeah

  • Oct
    Belfast Music Bus Tour |

    Have You Experienced The Award-Winning Belfast Music Bus Tour?
    Take a bus journey through the heart of this rock and roll city. Sit back, relax, and enjoy tunes and tales from Them and Van Morrison, by way of awesome guitar players, traditional and folk, to punk rock and Hollywood soundtracks. Finish up at the Belfast Music exhibition at the  Oh Yeah Music Centre, Cathedral Quarter.

    The tour starts at the Ulster Hall on Bedford Street.

    Get your tickets here.

    2pm | £8/£6 | Ulster Hall

  • Nov
    Bronagh Gallagher at Oh Yeah |

    The amazing Bronagh Gallagher plays the first date of Sound of Belfast on November 6. She'll be kicking off a programme of 27 events in 9 days. She will be supported by Paul Connelly.

    This is the perfect opportunity to witness Bronagh Gallagher in an intimate setting. Accompanied by a tight, three piece band, she will performing songs from her two previous albums and will also preview fresh material for a new release, scheduled for 2016.

    Bronagh is Ireland’s premier soul sister, who imbues her music with compassion, wit and a unique sense of drama. She lives those songs.

    One of the purest, clearest talents I know". Brian Eno

    “Bronagh has always felt the music deeper than anyone I know. She cuts to the heart of what it is to be a singer. She’s a real star... and always was.” Glen Hansard.

    8pm | £10 | Oh Yeah

    Oh Yeah Music Centre

    8pm | £10 | TICKETS

  • Nov
    Back Track Soul Night |

    Back Track Soul Night returns to the Oh Yeah for another helping of wonderful northern soul sounds.

    More info here.

    9pm | £5 | Oh Yeah 

    Oh Yeah Music Centre

  • Nov
    Lily’s Driftwood Bay and Puffin Rock Special Family Friendly Acoustic Picnic |

    Two award-winning Northern Irish children’s TV shows will come together for an afternoon of music, crafts and activities as part of the Sound of Belfast 2015 programme.

    Lily’s Driftwood Bay is a mixed media animated show produced by Belfast-based Sixteen South. It’s about a special island that exists in her imagination. Puffin Rock is a beautiful animated co-production between Dog Ears, based in Derry, Cartoon Saloon and Penguin Books.

    This special afternoon will bring the stories, characters and music together. There will be viewings, music, a Q&A and activities.

    The event is part of the Family Friendly initiative delivered by Belfast Strategic Partnership with support from the Public Health Agency. It aims to provide a wide range of family activities that are affordable, attractive and accessible to all.

    More info TBA.


    1-4pm | FREE | Oh Yeah

  • Nov
    Breaking Into Music Youth Conference |

    As part of the Sound of Belfast 2015 programme Oh Yeah are delighted to present an event geared towards introducing youth to industry opportunities.

    How can you get a job in the music industry?

    Career opportunities within this sector can be hard to identify, are often misunderstood and tend to be discretely advertised. Do you need qualifications, experience or skills? What sort of jobs are out there?

    This event will provide answers and introduce you to a series of young people currently working in the music industry. You will also meet the people running their own enterprises based right here at Oh Yeah: Start Together Recording Studio, Moosetronix Mastering and Third Bar Artist Development.

    This Youth Conference is a careers education and work-related learning event for young people aged 14+.

    Guest panellists: Phil Taggart (BBC Radio 1), Ben Scarr (Island Records), Danny Desai (Young Guns Network/Virgin EMI Records), Charlene Hegarty (Smalltown America Music) and Hollie Boston (Universal Music Publishing).

    Also featuring on the days events will be:
    Artist and management session with The Clameens and Mark Holden.
    Lunchtime music scheduled by Volume Control, Oh Yeah’s events mentoring programme for young people.

    The event is free, but registration is essential. Interested individuals, school groups and colleges should contact or call 02890310845 for more information.

    This event has is supported by the RBS Inspiring Youth Enterprise programme.

    10am-3pm | FREE | Oh Yeah

  • Nov
    Music Cities Conference |

    What does it take to be a great music city? How does Belfast measure up and what can we learn from our friends in Canada, Liverpool and Derry? This Sound of Belfast special will examine the challenges and the exciting potential.

    12.30-1.00pm ‘The Making of A Music City’
    Keynote talk by Graham Henderson, President of Music Canada and Editor of ‘The Mastering Of A Music City’. Graham will outline the seven strategic areas that support a music city.

    1.00- 2.00pm. ‘The Value of Music Tourism’
    Panel discussion. Moderated by Shona McCarthy, Chair of Oh Yeah and former CEO, Culture Company Derry. With Graham Henderson (Music Canada), Jo Dipple (UK Music), Gareth Stewart (Music City Day, Derry and Celtronic). Plus an Eastside Arts Presentation of their Cyprus Avenue gig with Van Morrison.

    2.30- 3.30pm. 'What do we need in our own Music City?'
    With: Shona McCarthy, Graham Henderson, Alicia Smith (Arts and Participation Manager, Culture Liverpool), Lynne McDowell (CEO Well Red Music & Media). Other panelists TBA.

    See for updates.

    To reserve a place at this conference, contact

    Graham Henderson is President of Music Canada, an association that promotes the interests of the Canadian music community. Music Canada is a passionate advocate for music in Canada, a trusted source of music-related news and information and a respected forum for all things music

    Supported by the British Council Northern Ireland

    12.30pm-4pm | FREE | Oh Yeah

  • Nov
    Divine Comedy Legend Award & NI Music Prize |

    A special Legend presentation and performance at the Mandela Hall, Belfast, November 14.

    The Divine Comedy will be the latest recipients of the Oh Yeah Legend Award. This recognises the exceptional contribution of a musician or a music industry figure from Northern Ireland.

    The Divine Comedy, aka Neil Hannon from Enniskillen, has been releasing music since 1990. This amounts to a magnificent body of work. Neil continues to perform internationally and composes for a variety of art forms including film, theatre, television and opera.

    After receiving the Legend Award, Neil and band will play a live selection from The Divine Comedy’s impressive back catalogue.

    Stuart Bailie CEO the Oh Yeah Music Centre says:

    “The Divine Comedy have delivered so many stunning songs and Neil Hannon writes with wit, emotion and intelligence. He continues to bring distinction to Northern Ireland and we’re so pleased that he has agreed to accept his Legend Award and to perform at the occasion.”

    Neil says: “I am amazed and humbled to be receiving this honour. There is nothing more gratifying than recognition from your homeland, and I’m very much looking forward to playing some songs and seeing some familiar faces at the Mandela Hall on Nov 14th.”

    Previous recipients of the Oh Yeah Legend Award are:

    Therapy? (2014)
Gary Moore (posthumous) (2012)

    Stiff Little Fingers (2011)

    The Undertones (2010)

    Henry McCullough (2009)

    Terri Hooley (2008)

    The Oh Yeah Legend presentation will be preceded by another award, the NI Music Prize, which will celebrate the very best of Northern Irish albums. This will be decided by an academy of local media and industry professionals following live performances by several shortlisted acts at the Mandela Hall. Previous NI Music Prize winners are Robyn G Shiels for ‘The Blood of the Innocents’ (2014) and Foy Vance ‘Joy Of Nothing’ (2013).
    The NI Music Prize is supported by the Arts Council of Northern Ireland.

    This event is part of a wider programme, Sound of Belfast which will take place in November.

    Tickets, £12 are available online:

    Mandela Hall, Belfast

    8pm | £12 (plus booking fee)  | TICKETS

  • Nov
    Belfast Music Bus Tour |

    Have You Experienced The Award-Winning Belfast Music Bus Tour?
    Take a bus journey through the heart of this rock and roll city. Sit back, relax, and enjoy tunes and tales from Them and Van Morrison, by way of awesome guitar players, traditional and folk, to punk rock and Hollywood soundtracks. Finish up at the Belfast Music exhibition at the  Oh Yeah Music Centre, Cathedral Quarter.

    The tour starts at the Ulster Hall on Bedford Street.

    Get your tickets here.

    2pm | £8/£6 | Ulster Hall

everyone there was totally supportive of each other

- Colin McMurray, musician

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