Output Belfast, the conferencing and showcasing event celebrating Northern Ireland’s artists and music industry takes place tomorrow, Thursday, February 21st 2019. Across Belfast’s Metropolitan Arts Centre and Oh Yeah Centre, around 75 national and international music industry speakers will present seminars, panels, workshops and Q and A’s that cover key tracks and trends in the 2019 music industry.
The conference will close with a Q and A entitled “The boat that rocked – Public Service Broadcasting and the White Star Liner EP.“
First performed as a part of BBC 6 Music’s Titanic slipway concert, this Q and A will unpack the full story of Public Service Broadcasting’s extraordinary suite of music on The Titanic – the White Star Liner EP. With archive, clips and movies the band’s J Willgoose will unpack how they approached the commission, what the music was meant to say, and the processes involved in creating and then performing the repertoire based around the globally iconic ship’s fateful voyage alongside Hot Press’s commissioning editor Roisin O’Dwyer.
Other session highlights include a discussion on the music used in the two biggest Irish comedies of the last decade – Derry Girls and Young Offenders, a session on co-writing radio hits featuring co-writers for One Direction and Ella Eyre, Radiohead’s booking agency 13 Artists participating on a panel on how to pitch music to agents, workshops from Abelton and Tunecore, award-winning author Eamonn Forde reading from his book on the final days of EMI, the youngest ever winner of the BBC young folk musician award Jarlath Henderson and more on the future of folk and roots, sessions from AVA Festival on new talent programmes, and sessions on rock and metal team-building. And many many more.
The conference will take place from 10am-5pm and is completely free to attend. Sign-up is open on www.outputbelfast.com.
In the evening there will once again be a raft of free showcasing, featuring the most exciting new Northern Ireland artists, taking place across Belfast’s Cathedral Quarter. Confirmed hosts include Champion Sound, Jawdropper PR, The Live Room Belfast, Chordblossom, The Thin Air, Nialler9, Midnight Mango, Girls Rock School NI, PRS For Music and IMRO.
Announcing the details of this year’s event, Councillor Donal Lyons, Chair of Belfast City Council’s City Growth and Regeneration Committee, commented:
“Since its inception in 2015, ‘Output Belfast’ has been an invaluable event for those working, or seeking to work, in the local music industry, and the wider creative sector, by providing them with invaluable insights into every aspect of the business, from tips on writing to how to get the results in front of the right people.”
“As outlined in the Belfast Agenda, our community development plan for the city between now and 2035, the Council continues to play an important role in the development and growth of the creative economy and the city’s international reputation for its distinct and original creative sector is growing rapidly. Through our support for events such as ‘Output Belfast’ and ‘South By Southwest’, we are clearly demonstrating this commitment to support the ongoing development of our creative industries and help both them and the city as a whole reap the benefits they bring to our economy and wider community.”
For more information, visit http://www.outputbelfast.com/ .