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SOAK + Ailbhe Reddy · Independent Venue Week

5 February, 19:30


We’re delighted to have SOAK perform a the Oh Yeah Centre in Belfast as part of their Independent Venue Week ’22 tour.

Age restriction: 18+

Independent Venue Week announces three additional ambassadors who will lead the way in championing independent venues across their respective nations. Joining Wet Leg, whom were announced as the #IVW22 Ambassadors on Wednesday, will be Joesef as Independent Venue Week 2022’s official ambassador for Scotland, Mace The Great for Wales, and SOAK will represent Northern Ireland. The 2022 edition of Independent Venue Week will take place from Monday 25 January to Sunday 31 January 2021.
Representing Northern Ireland is SOAK, a prodigal young talent, who began their musical journey as SOAK at age 14 when they first wrote breakout track “Sea Creatures.” Taking their time to develop their craft and complete school, SOAK signed to Rough Trade Records at 18, which released their acclaimed debut album, Before We Forgot How To Dream, in 2015. One of the Mercury Prize’s youngest-ever nominees, the record earned her praise from The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, New Yorker, NPR Music, Noisey, NYLON, Bust, The Guardian, NME, and more. SOAK also performed on Later With Jools Holland and won the prestigious Choice Music Prize for Album of the Year, the Northern Irish Music Prize, and the European Border Breaker Award. Soak released their second album “Grim Town” in 2019 on Rough Trade. Soak played around the world in support of the album, including performing her US network TV debut on the Seth Myers show.

On news that SOAK would represent Northern Ireland for #IVW22, they said –
“For a relatively small place, the wealth of talent that comes from Northern Ireland is vast and unique. As a teenager I spent most of my time in local independent venues, either playing or watching shows and meeting others who shared my passion for music and creativity. I felt so lucky and safe to have access to those environments, the sense of community and support was always so tangible. Not only did they provide a protected space to develop songwriting and performance, they also offered a nexus for the creative community to exchange ideas and experience.

When I was fifteen and started ‘chancing my arm’ at the open mic in Bennigan’s, I never anticipated that one day I’d be invited to act as ambassador for IVW in Northern Ireland. It’s an immense privilege to be part of something which was so important in my life, and which highlights the incredible role independent venues play in the cultural, creative and social capital of Northern Ireland.”


5 February