AVA Festival Belfast Announced


A brand new music festival and conference celebrating and showcasing electronic audio-visuals arts in Northern Ireland, AVA Festival will make its inaugural outing at Belfast’s T13 on Saturday, May 30.

Up productions has teamed up with a range of Belfast locals including Matthew McBriar and Andrew Ferguson (Bicep, pictured), Oisin O’Brien (Guerilla Shout) and others to produce the festival a one day-&-night grassroots showcase and conference celebrating the strong current of electronic music and digital visual arts that has emerged from Northern Ireland.

Merging an old industrial warehouse-come-skate park (T13) with both established and emerging Electronic Music Producers, DJs and Visual Artists, this project intends to “pay homage to Northern Ireland’s unique energy and character, celebrating the talent that has been produced, whilst inspiring and developing the next generation.”

Amongst the headlining names confirmed for 2015, are the long-time procurers of the famous ‘Feel My Bicep’ blog, the Belfast DJ/Producing duo Bicep, coupled with the highly eclectic half-Irish-half-Scottish DJ duo Optimo, long-standing Irish veteran Phil Kieran, house/techno producer Ejeca and the intergalactic sounds of Space Dimension Controller, who will make his NI debut of the SDC Live Laser Show.There will also be sets from Schmutz, Swoose & Cromby, Extended Play, Twitch and visuals from Guerilla Shot (Oisin O’Brien, Daniel Holmes and Kristian Glenn).

Speaking of the festival, Bicep said, “When Sarah (Up Productions) brought the concept to us back in April 2014, we knew it was something that had to happen. Having played at festivals around the world, we wanted to support the development of a strong electronic festival in Belfast. Getting all the talent together and back in the city and in one incredible warehouse space down at the docks, with a supporting conference is going to be pretty special.”

Tickets are on sale here now. Register for the conference here.

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