Output Belfast To Return in February

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The country’s largest annual music conference, Output Belfast will return to the city for its fifth outing on Thursday, February 21st 2019.

Organised by Belfast City Council, as ever, the conference will include various panel discussions, music sessions, workshops and speed networkinge events from various artists, managers and industry figures.

In the evening, there will once more be various free, collaboratively-curated showcases in venues right across the heart of the city. The line-ups for each – including a bill co-promoted by yours truly – will be revealed in the coming weeks.

Go here to sign up and be the first to hear about the conference and showcasing.


Among the speakers and panels for the conference are the following:

What do live agents actually want when signing new bands?

Featuring Mark Meharry (CEO Music Glue) Matthew Bartlett (Midnight Mango Agency) Steve Farris (13 Artists) and Stephen Curran (MCD)

Making compelling music podcasts

Featuring Dave Hanratty (No Encore), Brian Coney (The Thin Air), Stephen Hill (Riot Act Podcast)and Mick McCullagh (Son of The Hound / Mad Notions)

CMU presents Get Paid As Well As Played
(aka Top Five Reasons You Don’t Get Paid) featuring Chris Cooke (Complete Music Update) and more

Unpacking how to make Facebook advertising pay you more.
Featuring Rob Nancollas (Motive Unknown)

Music supervision in Irish comedy- Derry Girls and Young Offenders

Featuring Pete Saville and Zoë Bryant (Derry Girls Music Supervisors) and Dina Coughlan (Young Offenders Music Supervisor)

CMU present Music Industry Speed Briefing Sessions (x 2)

How to conquer the world of Spotify Playlisting

Mike Murphy (Ditto Music), Joe Mason (Ditto Music)

Where is folk and trad heading in 2019?

Jarlath Henderson (musician) Tim Chipping (River Lea Records/FRoots Magazine) and more

How to crack Scotland

Vic Galloway (BBC Scotland new music champion) Caroline Campbell (Belladrum Festival/Ironworks Venue) Joe McAlinden (ex Teenage Fanclub/Superstar) and Alex Smith (Xpo North Conference)

How to crack Wales

Andy Jones (Focus Wales), Jo Southerd (Producer BBC Radio Wales), Gruff Owen (Director Libertino Records) and Liz Hunt (Wales Goes Pop and The Moon Venue, Cardiff)

IMRO present how to write a radio hit

The self-releasing music toolkit

Nathan Barley Phillips (Tunecore)

Building your perfect team in rock and metal

Simon Glacken (PR Anathema/Paradise Lost), Megan Burns (Tone Mgmt), Tony Boden (agent CKY/Rolo Tomassi) Serena Cherry (Svalbard)

Media composers VS Music Supervisors – there can be only one!

Joe Spicer (Channel 4) Oisin Lunny (award-winning composer), Simon Pursehouse (Sentric) and more

Pay for indie PR or do it yourself? Navigating early press opportunities

John (Jawdropper PR) Shauna Tohill (Rews) Lyndon Stephens (Quiet Arch) and more

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