AVA Belfast returns across 4 days at the end of May, encompassing a free conference at The Mac, arts exhibition, installations and a new outdoor ticketed multi-stage festival site located at Boucher Road Fields. The remodelled site will be newly designed by the AVA team, offering a headline ready mainstage, whilst incorporating the raw, industrial intimate stage experiences with lighting and visual art and the iconic Belfast Boiler Room and Red Bull Stage. The Festival will showcase the very best that electronic music and Irish visual art has to offer and inviting pioneers of the scene to play alongside the freshest breakthrough talent to the legendary Irish crowd.
Marking its sixth year in 2020, AVA has received a plethora of industry accolades since breaking ground in 2014. The event was recently crowned the UK’s top 10 festivals by The Guardian and took its place amongst the Evening Standard’s Top 20 Dance Music Festivals in 2019. With these benchmarks now set, the dedicated team behind AVA have pulled out all the stops for 2020 with unmatched programming and stand out production.
Moving site in 2020, AVA continues to push their ethos of presenting attendees with the very best Belfast has to offer. Heading outdoors to the Boucher Road Fields, a site that has played host to the world’s biggest acts over the years, AVA plan to repurpose the site allows festival-goers to get the most out of this new outdoor experience. Incorporating industrial design while retaining its boutique event feel, attendees can lose themselves amongst immersive art installations, intimate stage designs, and a headline ready mainstage. AVA continues to simultaneously lead the way on the international festival market while shining a light on Belfast as a music and art hub with an immensely influential presence on the world stage.
AVA are hyped to reveal home-grown hero Max Cooper will be commanding the stage for an electrifying opening live show, kicking off the 2020 event with a serious bang before two full days of electronic music specifically programmed with AVA’s committed fanbase always in mind.
Sitting proudly at the top of the bill, seminal producer and DJ Laurent Gariner makes a long-awaited return to Belfast after a seven-year hiatus for a headline show sure to become a 2020 highlight. Joining him at the top of the bill in Belfast and heading up the London event, are the iconic and pioneering act, Orbital. The Belfast fan favourites return to town after headlining the BBC Big Weekend, this time showcasing their critically acclaimed live show for the Irish crowd. Denis Sulta also takes a headline slot, the multi-genre wonderkid has experienced a seismic rise to notoriety and makes a welcome addition to the Belfast line up with a back to back session alongside Mella Dee, this show – a first for Ireland – and is among the event’s most hotly anticipated performances and is not to be missed. Techno queen Helena Hauff also joins the first wave of headliners, with the Berlin-based selector always bringing the perfect blend of stylised beats and big underground vibes to every show. Rounding off the first wave of the headline acts, multi-discipline musical genius Fatima Yamaha returns to AVA after a legendary live show at 2017’s event.
Elsewhere, AVA Belfast 2020’s musical offering continues to push boundaries with a line up reading like a ‘Who’s Who’ of the world’s biggest electronic talent and most exciting breakthrough acts. With genre-blurring artists including local heroes Brame & Hamo, Cromby, OR:LA, Sally C and Timmy Stewart amongst others joining international talent for a show like no other. Underground hero Leon Vynehall also joins the likes of Roza Terenza, Ki/Ki and exemplary breakthrough hype selector Sherelle, all of whom make their NI debut at this year’s event and once again demonstrate AVA’s eclectic yet educated booking policy. Returning favourites Peach, Space Dimension Controller, O’Flynn and Phil Keiran plus many others also join the 2020 line up, allowing fans of all electronic genres to discover the best of what the scene has to offer in a specially curated festival environment.
From day one, AVA Boiler Room streams have been the stuff of legend and 2020 will be no exception. With a full BR line up still to be announced, fans from across the globe can once again tune in and be in the thick of it. 2020 also sees AVA continue its partnership with Red Bull who return to Belfast as stage hosts at the Boucher Roads site.
Beyond the dancefloor, AVA will once again deliver a full program of art installations and music/art/culture led conferencing, chill spaces, and visual art exhibitions, plus so much more. Pre-Sale Tickets via hidden link for those who signed up go live at 9 am on Thursday 6th February 2020 with general admission tickets hitting sale at 11 am the same day., Starting at £85 and a deposit scheme from £25. Return flights from across the UK & Europe starting at £65, and accommodation packages via our website.
OPENING SHOW: MAX COOPER LIVE
LAURENT GARNIER // ORBITAL // DENIS SULTA B2B MELLA DEE // HELENA HAUFF FATMIMA YAMAHA
PLUS: BRAME & HAMO // BOBBY ANALOG // CROMBY // CORMAC // DJ SEINFELD // DR RUBINSTEIN // HOLLY LESTER // KI/KI // LEON VYNEHALL // MYLER // OR:LA // PARIAH // PHIL KIERAN // ROZA TERENZI // SALLY C // SHERELLE // SUNIL SHARPE // SAOIRSE // SKIN ON SKIN // SPACE DIMENSION CONTROLLER // TIMMY STEWART // JMX // TOMMY HOLOHAN
Acid Flex // Bekuz x Influx // Blark // Breezeblock // Cailin // Cait // Caoimhe // Carlton Doom // Crilli // Crock // Daire // Dallas // DART // EMA // EVE // High Hoops // Kessler // Korova // imnotyourmate // Inside Moves // Misfit // Percboi3000 // Ponyhawke // Plain Sailing // Schmutz // Swoose // Twitch // Marion Hawkes // Mark Blair // Mount Palomar (Live) // Nez
Nikki O // Kev Freeney (Algorithm) // Kevin Gartland // Visual Spectrum
TICKETS ON SALE THURSDAY 6TH FEBRUARY AT 11AM FROM https://avafestival.com/festival