Featuring more than 250 events in 70 venues across the city, this represents a dramatic increase in activity for the third year of this event, which takes place November 4-11.
There will be live music in a rich variety of places, including iconic venues such as the Ulster Hall, The Lyric Theatre and The MAC. But there will also be unique moments at Europa Bus Station, Connswater Shopping Centre, HMV record shop, Cultúrlann and the Palm House in Botanic Gardens.
There will be chamber music and hip hop, blues and electronica, talent nights, music exhibitions and traditional sessions.
Some of the highlights include:
A celebratory day at the Ulster Hall, November 10, marking 25 years of electronic music in the city. ‘25’ will feature industry panels and live performances from the likes of Ryan Vail, Defcon and the return of the legendary Orbital after a 20 year absence.
Barry Douglas and Cameratino at the Naughton Room in the Lyric Theatre, November 5. An exceptionally intimate performance, especially arranged for Belfast Music Week, with a programme of Mozart, Brahms, Breval and Mercadante.
Twelve cutting edge bands playing a showcase night at The Limelight, November 8. Admission is free and music industry figures will be flying in to witness the talent.
The premiere of a Two Door Cinema Club film, ‘What We See’ at the QFT, November 5, directed by Gregg Houston.
Lunchtime gigs at HMV Records, Donegall Arcade, November 5-7.
Playbacks of classic NI albums in the Black Box Café each lunchtime, November 5-7.
A night at the former Spires centre, November 6. The ‘In-spired’ concept will present choirs and collaborations with acts such as Katie & The Carnival, Silhouette, Gareth Dunlop and Farriers.
Speaking at the announcement of the program of events, Lord Mayor of Belfast Alderman Gavin Robinson said:
“Hosting last year’s MTV EMAs gave Belfast and its people a sense of belief that we can be a credible musical city, and to see our homegrown talent take their rightful place on a world stage is something we can all be proud of. Belfast Music Week is a celebration of our music, our artists, our industry, our venues and our unique musical community.”
Stuart Bailie, CEO of the Oh Yeah, and Belfast Music Week co-ordinator, added:
“Last year there were 170 events over 45 venues in the Belfast Music Week programme and we’re astonished to see how the venues, bands and promoters have pulled together something even more expansive in 2012. Music continues to define us, to lift us and to energise us.”
For a full list of announced Belfast Music Week events and to purchase tickets visit: www.belfastmusic.org