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The Biggest Weekend Fringe - Belfast

The Biggest Weekend Fringe is a creative and comprehensive 10-day outreach programme which will take place in the lead up to The Biggest Weekend. New events are being added each week so keep checking back.

Read on for details of our Fringe programme in Belfast.

Friday 18th May

Blas Ceoil Live from An Cultúrlann McAdam Ó Fiaich

Lynette Fay

Lynette Fay kicks off the Biggest Weekend Fringe with a special live broadcast ‘as Gaeilge’ from An Cultúrlann, with short performances from Colm Mac Con Iomaire, In Their Thousands, Lemoncello, Úna Monaghan and Inni-K.

*Tickets are no longer available for this event*

Sunday 20th May

BBC Radio 4 presents Four Thought at Palm House

A series of thought-provoking talks and personal stories in which speakers air their thinking on the trends, ideas, interests and passions that affect culture and our lives. An intimate and unique setting, recorded for BBC Radio 4, join us at The Palm House, Botanic Gardens for Four Thought

*Tickets are no longer available for this event*

Monday 21st May

Breaking Sounds

Elizabeth Alker

Music Journalism panel hosted by BBC Radio 6 Music's Elizabeth Alker. What does the future hold for music journalism and tips on how to break into the industry. Featuring Elizabeth Alker (BBC Radio 6 Music), Sean Adams (founder of Drowned in Sound & The Quietus. Social Media Producer for BBC Radio 6 Music) Ruth Medjber (professional music and portrait photographer), Brian Coney (music writer) and Stuart Bailie (broadcaster, author, journalist).

*Tickets are no longer available for this event*

Wax Lyrical

A discussion on how lyrics can define and elevate a song, leaving us jubilant or in tears. Hosted by Radio Ulster Arts Broadcaster Marie-Louise Muir and featuring Iain Archer, Glenn Patterson and Jan Carson, the discussion will be recorded for broadcast on The Arts Show, BBC Radio Ulster.

*Tickets are no longer available for this event*

Across the Line for The Biggest Weekend Fringe

On Monday 21 May Across the Line celebrates The Biggest Weekend Fringe with two hours of live music from BBC Blackstaff House, supported by BBC Music Introducing. During the two hour live radio broadcast the intimate floor show will feature short, sharp live sets from Girls Names, Roe, Kitt Philippa, And So I Watch You From Afar, Cherym and Joshua Burnside.

*Tickets are no longer available for this event*

Tuesday 22nd May

Financing the Band

Mickey Bradley

Where does the money come from and how can you make it work? A panel discussing how to make the most of revenue streams, with music professionals from across royalty collection, management, producer and performer. Featuring Rocky O'Reilly (producer, musician) Stuart Fleming (Senior manager Scotland and Northern Ireland, PRS for music writer relations) Eoin O’Callaghan ( songwriter/ producer/ composer/ label owner) Charlene Hegarty (artist manager / Talent Development Coordinator at The Oh Yeah Centre), Angela Dorgan (Ceo First Music Contact - HWCH and Music From Ireland Export Office).

*Tickets are no longer available for this event*

Iain Archer song writing workshop

The acclaimed singer-songwriter and producer shares some of the knowledge and song writing skills which helped him win two Ivor Novello Awards, as well as working through ideas with those in attendance.

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Peel, Punk, Belfast and Beyond

How the punk scene of Northern Ireland found an ally in John Peel, with the music of the period inspiring future generations of noise makers who themselves went on to gain support from the iconic broadcaster. Hosted by BBC producer and Undertones bass player Mickey Bradley with Terri Hooley, Brian Young, Tanya Mellotte and Andy Cairns.

*Tickets are no longer available for this event*

Wednesday 23rd May

Beyond Belfast

Panel discussing how to book the dates and tour your band or DJ set outside of your home city; how to secure the shows, get an audience and make it pay.

Hosted by David O’Reilly (Across the Line) with Rory Friers (Musician / Composer / Producer) Aoife Ahern (Advance Manager, Production Co-Ordinator, Facilities Manager), Linda Coogan Byrne (Music and Entertainment Publicist) and more TBA

*Tickets are no longer available for this event*

No more gigs?

With live music venues closing and the cost of touring and hosting live music increasing, what is the future for the live gig and what can be done to ensure a healthy landscape for promoter, venue and musician?

Panel hosted by BBC Radio Ulster / BBC Radio Foyle broadcaster Steven McCauley with Joe Dougan (promoter) Sybil Bell (founder, Independent Venue Week and co-founder CAN YOU CIC IT (CIC)) James Loveday (owner/operator - The Distortion Project) and Hannah Peel (artist/composer)

*Tickets are no longer available for this event*

Ralph McLean Live from The Palm House

Ralph McLean celebrates the Biggest Weekend Fringe by welcoming some of his favourite local musicians to perform short acoustic sets in the unique surroundings of the Palm House, Botanic Gardens Belfast. Performing on the night will be Arborist, Sonja Sleator, Malojian, Iain Archer and Ciara O'Neill

*Tickets are no longer available for this event*

Thursday 24th May

6 Music Live at The Limelight

Steve Lamacq and Marc Riley welcome Therapy? and Django Django live to the stage at The Limelight for a special broadcast with 6Music as part of The Biggest Weekend Fringe Belfast.

*Tickets are no longer available for this event*

Therapy? Q&A

Join Therapy? for an intimate Q&A about their incredible career to date and plans for the future in Katy's Bar at The Limelight as part of The Biggest Weekend Fringe Belfast. Time TBC.

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Deconstructing The Song with Django Django

Join Django Django as they personally 'deconstruct the song' with you as part of The Biggest Weekend Fringe Belfast. A fascinating insight into the musical workings of a Django Django track with demonstrations of the guitars, pedals, synths and equipment that make the sound of the band. Opening up the pedalboard of the bands inner technical workings. Time TBC.

*Tickets are no longer available for this event*

How to be Fearless

Hosted by BBC Radio 6 Music’s Mary Anne Hobbs and Matt Everitt, ‘How to Be Fearless’ will discuss the risks and rewards of bold decisions and daring plans when releasing music and booking gigs. Featuring music professionals with experience of and insight into audacious creative thinking. With Sarah McBriar (AVA Festival Director and Founder of UP Productions) Charlene Hegarty (Artist Manager / Talent Development Coordinator) Tom Robinson (Broadcaster, Songwriter and Activist) and Julie McLarnon (Producer / Analogue Engineer).

*Tickets are no longer available for this event*

The Art of the Interview

An intimate workshop hosted by BBC Radio 6 Music’s Mary Anne Hobbs and Matt Everitt on how to book, conduct and get the best stories from your music heroes.

*Tickets are no longer available for this event*

Mixing Pop and Politics

This panel hosted by activist, songwriter and broadcaster Tom Robinson will ask whether there is a place for politics in modern music, and how, where and when should bands be activists as well as artists.

Featuring Paul Connolly (The Wood Burning Savages, vocalist, lyricist and songwriter) May Kay (Le Galaxie / ex-Fight Like Apes) Stuart Bailie (music journalist and broadcaster) Steven Rainey (presenter / producer) Shannon Delores O’Neill (Sister Ghost/Girls Rock School NI)

*Tickets are no longer available for this event*

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