A Pocket Guide to Sound of Belfast

Across the city and online, Sound of Belfast will roar into life from Thursday 4 – Thursday 18 November. 

You can catch a show (or several!), support your local music venue, discover your new favourite band, take a creative workshop or learn more about the music business.  

With 14 days of music and over 50 events to choose from, we’ve made it really easy for you to find your way around the festival with this handy, cut-out-and-keep guide!  

Live Music

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Celebrate an amazing year in musicNI Music Prize at the Ulster Hall
Hear two beautiful new songs about Belfast (along with full sets!) from Jealous of the Birds and Gareth Dunlop. True North 
See the artist who Gary Lightbody says has “great songs and a powerhouse voice”. Rebekah Fitch 
Experience NI punk legends in a fresh new line-up.XSLF
Want to experience the feel-good funk, soul sampling savvy and party-starting hip-hop, as loved by Craig Charles (BBC 6 Music). The Allergies
Want to rock the boat (*okay, barge!) with a punk legend. Henry Cluney 
Launch a new local music and culture magazine with a night of funk, soul and jazz. YEO Magazine
Be blown away by the band who stormed Stendhal Festival this year – *twice*!No Oil Paintings
Discover fresh new musical talent in a battle of the bands competition. Volume Control – Clash of the New Breeds
Chill out with a relaxed evening of live performances, stories and inspirations from some of our finest local singer-songwriters. In the Round with Ralph McLean


Panels and Workshops

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Explore and start to overcome what is holding you back. Shame and the Voice 
To change punk in Belfast, to bring women and girls back into the scene here.RiotGrrrl Collective Belfast Presents…
Record your first piece of music.Hit Record
Find out about the creative, mental health and welfare support available from one of our favourite charities. Help Musicians NI Info Session
Learn how to use found sound and environmental textures in your music. Field Recording with Dr Isobel Anderson
Have a one-to-one discussion about anything related to your music career.Help Musicians NI Career Clinic 
Stay healthy in the music industry.Your Healthy Career in Music
Find out about expert music industry support, tailored services, protecting your rights and ensuring you get paid. Musicians’ Union
Better promote your music online.YouTube Masterclass
Enjoy an evening of creativity, chat and the sip of your choice. Paint & Sip
Learn about everything from registering your music to understanding music publishing and copyright. PRS for Music (Performing Rights Society)


Film Screenings

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Explore some serious and thoughtful insights into living alone as an older musician. Room Songs 


Walking Tours

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Discover the venues, characters and artists who have shaped Belfast’s musical story.  Belfast – City of Music Walking Tour – 6th November / 13th November


Online Events 

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Enjoy an intimate evening of love songs, power songs and the odd comedy song, live from your sofa!Eve Williams
Learn how to write a song, with melodies, lyrics and harmonies that hook your listeners.Songwriting 101
Watch a beautiful new gig film shot in the stunning surroundings of The Pump House in Belfast featuring breathtaking stripped back performances from four brilliant artists.The Pump House Sessions


For full details on Sound of Belfast and to book your tickets or places for free events, visit www.soundofbelfast.com