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

Music Potential Mentors Announced

The Oh Yeah Music Centre in Belfast has brought together some leading names in music to facilitate and deliver the upcoming Capital XTRA ‘Music Potential’ programme.

Guest mentors include Ivor Novello winner and Grammy nominated artist, writer, composer and producer Iain Archer (James Bay, Snow Patrol, Jake Bugg, Liam Gallagher), and world class voice and R&B/Jazz artist Leah McFall (The Voice UK, Will.I.Am. MNEK, Ghetts, Ester Dean, Leona Lewis, Arrow Bengamin).


Output Festival: Daytime Schedule 2018

Output, Ireland’s largest one-day music conference and showcasing event, returns to Belfast on Thursday 8 February 2018.

Organised by Belfast City Council in partnership with Invest Northern Ireland’s Music Business Support Programme, the conference will include panel discussions, music sessions, workshops and speed networking events as well as keynote speeches from award-winning musicians and managers of globally recognised talent.


Capital XTRA Bootcamps

Are you aged 18-25?

Interested in a career in music production or song writing and performance? Perhaps you’re a budding radio broadcaster/producer, or you’d like to learn more about getting into live events or music industry jobs?

If so, then Music Potential is for you!

Oh Yeah has teamed up with Capital XTRA to deliver Music Potential.

The first bootcamp taster day is Tuesday 30th Jan. Following bootcamp 60 lucky participants will go on to take part in our all expenses paid 10 day MPX course in one of the disciplines mentioned above. All lunches and travel will be covered, you will gain a qualification and will be in with a chance of either performing at, or taking part in, a special showcase at KoKo in London on 31st May 2018.

Places still available.

Register here and we will get in touch – do not miss out on this amazing opportunity.

Registration Form 


We do many things, but key elements include…

  • Music hub, live venue, training and rehearsal room facilities.
  • Music Tourism and Heritage – NI Music Exhibition and Belfast Music Bus Tour
  • Talent Development  – Scratch My Progress, ASK, Sound of Belfast Festival, Women’s Work, Volume  Control.
  • Promotion of NI Music – NI Music Prize, Oh Yeah Legend Award, Sound of Belfast, Women’s Work, International projects, links and showcase collaborations.
  • Youth and Outreach – Music and Older People Projects, More Volume, Capital XTRA, Family Friendly.

See more details on some of our programmes…



Annual talent development programme that offers four/five musical acts the chance to hothouse their talent, learning about the business of music plus the skills of performing and writing.

The programme offers;

  • Mentoring
  • Workshops
  • Provision of rehearsal space
  • Recording time
  • Local and national showcasing opportunities
  • PR support and social media advice
  • Song writing and vocal master classes
  • Professional photo shoots
  • IP and copyright advise
  • Meetings with lawyers
  • Interview skills
  • Gig opportunities

Recruitment is once a year through an application process. For more info contact charlene@ohyeahbelfast.com

Scratch My Progress 2017: Strange New Places, Hand Models, Reevah and Cut In Blinks.


A monthly event that is a mixture of live music, feedback and discussion, as songwriters and bands perform/discuss a work in progress with their audience. Essentially a musical focus group, that leads by focusing on a specific artist invited to share thoughts and music. The idea is to give upcoming and established artists or bands the opportunity to perform live while also encouraging feedback from the audience.

Previous sessions have featured the likes of NI Music Prize and Mercury Music Prize nominee, SOAK, Ivor Novello Award-winning artist Tim Wheeler, Brand New Friend (Xtra Mile Recordings) and Tom Robinson (Musician and BBC 6 Music DJ).



Volume Control is an award winning youth events and industry enterprise mentoring programme. The aim of the project is to support young people aged 14-19 in developing, planning and delivering their own live music events by providing mentoring and a dedicated space, that will give them the opportunity, skills and confidence to realise their full potential. In the process of doing this they also learn about several other elements of working in the music sector from artist liaison and booking acts, to press and promotion, stage management, sound engineering, ticketing and more.

It is for young people with a real love for local music and gigs promotion that would also like to pursue their interests of working in the events or music industry.

Recruitment of a team of up to 12 young people is once a year through an application process.

For more info contact charlene@ohyeahbelfast.com or sian@ohyeahbelfast.com



Our most ambitious youth project to date – a four year outreach project funded by the Paul Hamlyn Foundation, Access and Participation More and Better fund, beginning in January 2018. Taking the Volume Control concept out and into the community.  Young people will complete a 12 week programme, deliver their own events and gain an OCN qualification. Our partners include Shankill Alternatives, East Belfast Partnership, New Lodge Arts and An Droichead.

For more info contact sian@ohyeahbelfast.com



Oh Yeah has developed a strong programme supporting older people through music. An ageing population and a strategic commitment to supporting older people by reducing isolation, providing better access, encouraging participation and increasing reengagement into music is central to this outreach.

We do this through specific workshops aimed at including older people into music through reminiscence and celebratory work with talks, presentations, gigs, workshops, shared stories and experiences, including participation, performance and production.

We have worked with partner organisations that include Knocknagoney Community Centre, Belfast Trust, and Ballyowen Day Centre with 10 residential care homes and day centres.

For more info contact paul@ohyeahbelfast.com



Offering support for musicians at various stages of their career including tailored advice on;

  • Project promotion, funding, development
  • Marketing
  • Showcasing and live opportunity
  • Career enhancement
  • Fees and contracts

Our surgery operates bi-monthly with a limited number of 1-hour slots available upon request by e-mailing charlene@ohyeahbelfast.com or paul@ohyeahbelfast.com

Terms and conditions

Our initiative is specifically targeted to support the needs of active musicians resident in Northern Ireland. As a result our surgeries are open only to musicians – applications by managers, promoters, publishers, record labels, agents or any other music business practitioners will be rejected upon that basis.

If you are an artist manager, promoter, publisher, producers, record label, agent or any other music business practitioner please reach out to the following organisations to gather information and support;

Association of Independent Music (AIM)

Music Managers Forum (MMF)

Music Publishers Association (MPA)




Belfast’s festival dedicated to local music.
Sound of Belfast is a festival coordinated by the Oh Yeah Music Centre. It usually runs for 10 days in early November and is a dedicated showcase for local artists. The programme includes a mix of live gigs and talks, awards, workshops, conferences and music industry days as well as community programming and special events. In Nov 2017 there were 30 events including 60 performances across 9 venues.

The festival also incorporates The Northern Ireland Music Prize in Association with Blue Moon and includes the Oh Yeah Legend Award presentation.

For more info go to soundofbelfast.com



The Northern Ireland Music Prize is an annual award night that recognises the most outstanding album releases of the year. The best album is selected by an academy of over 70 music professionals. There are 12 shortlisted acts.

The Oh Yeah Legend Award runs alongside the Northern Ireland Music Prize. It recognises the exceptional contribution of a musician or music industry figure from Northern Ireland.

For more info nimusicprize.com



Successfully launched in 2016, the project celebrates diversity and addresses issues faced by women in the music industry. The festival improves access and visibility of women in music through showcasing, panels, discussions, exhibitions and advocacy. An ambitious and unique event for the city of Belfast.

For more info see our 2017 Programme


Family friendly

Live music for all the family. Usually the second Saturday of each month 1pm – 3pm.

Acoustic Picnic is a family-friendly lunch time event at Oh Yeah Music Centre featuring live music, with activities, games and crafts for children. A very relaxed space for all the family. Cafe is open for coffee and other lights snacks. Feel free to bring your own picnic.

For more info contact sian@ohyeahbelfast.com