40 + BANDS CONFIRMED FOR IRELAND’S LARGEST MUSIC CONFERENCE
The Output Music Conference and Showcase returns on February 16th 2017 with over 400 people expected to attend a day of seminars, panels and keynotes at Belfast’s MAC featuring some of the national music industry’s most highly-noted speakers and practitioners.
In the evening, the spotlight will once again turn to home-grown talent, with a series of free showcases taking place across venues in Belfast’s cathedral Quarter. It’s an opportunity for the travelling industry to sample and connect with some of 2017’s most talked about new bands and singers, with shows presented by Irish record labels, management companies, blogs and media organisations.
Bands playing this year include Londonderry teenagers Touts, whose management team includes The Stone Roses’ manager, and who are about to tour with Blossoms; Callum Stewart, whose breakout 2016 single Parachutes has led to several major label offers; New Portals, Spotify favourites bound for the prestigious South By South West music showcase in 2017; Ryan Vail, whose debut album was Huw Stephens (Radio 1)’s album of the week; Kerrang! favourites Making Monsters; and The Voice finalist Leah McFall.
Showcase hosts include Ireland’s most influential music blogger, Nialler 9, Northern Irish arts and music publication The Thin Air, Londonderry record label Smalltown America, PRS for Music and IMRO.
Showcasing Artists Include:
David C Clements, Callum Stewart, TOUTS, Jealous Of The Birds, Silences, The Wood Burning Savages, Robocobra Quartet, Leah McFall, Brand New Friend, Ryan Vail, Brash Isaac, New Portals, Bad Fit, Kid Trench, Gross Net, Beauty Sleep, Joshua Burnside, Isobel Anderson, Carriages, ROE, Sullivan & Gold, Scenery, Autumns, Malojian, Hiva Oa, Junk Drawer, Sister Ghost, Making Monsters, R51, Le Boom, Robyn G Shiels, PATHS, Chanele McGuinness, ELLLL, Susie Blue, Hot Cops, Michael Mormecha, Wake America, Tuskany, Jamie Neish, LARKS and Travis Is A Tourist. Showcase hosts include: Cool FM, Nialler9, IMRO, Scratch My Progress, Touch Sensitive, Help Musicians NI, PRS For Music, Voodoo, Nerve Centre, Sentric, Hope & Fury, Champion Sound, AVA Festival, Stendhal Festival Of Art, Chordblossom, State.ie, The Thin Air, Smalltown America Studio, Primitive Sound, OLD FANG, Homebeat and This Greedy Pig.
Organised by Belfast City Council in partnership with Generator NI, the Output conference will include panel discussions, music sessions, workshops and speed networking events as well as keynote speeches from award-winning musicians and managers of globally recognised talent.
The showcase takes place from 8pm-12 midnight. Full details of who is playing, where and when will be released on www.outputbelfast.com
NOTE TO EDITORS: Selected highlights released from the daytime event include:
• Benji Rogers, founder of Pledge Music, on Blockchain’s potential to change the music industry;
• Crispin Hunt, Chair of BASCA and co-writer with Ellie Goulding, Florence and the Machine and Jake Bugg, on co-writing hit repertoire;
• Ferry Gouw, graphic designer for Major Lazer, on working between music and design;
• Daniel P Carter (BBC Radio 1 Rock Show) and more on where the rock and metal industry is heading;
• Country 2.0 event featuring Lynne McDowell (CMA Member and Head of Comms PPL), Milly Olykan (The O2),Stuart Banford (Downtown Country), Bobbi Boyce (CMC) and Iain Snoddgrass (Former VP Marketing UMG);
• Members of Adidas and Jagermeister’s music teams on working with music and brands;
• Spotify present Spotify Session for artists and managers;
• CMU Insights presents ‘Top Five Things Music PRs Do Wrong’;
• CMU Insights presents ‘Top Five Streaming Developments In 2017’;
• Sound-design in video games featuring Playstation sound-designers;
• A Notting Hill Music two-hour masterclass on co-writing;
• Marc Sylvan, composer for The Million Pound Drop, Total Wipeout, Tipping Point and Fifteen To One, on composing for television;
• Speed-networking session for music funding opportunities, including Pledge Music, Transmit Start-ups, PRS Foundation and Help Musicians;
• Meet the royalty collection agencies networking event, featuring PRS, IMRO, PPL and MCPS as well as the MU and BASCA;
• AVA Festival presents The Future of Festivals featuring Lee Denny (Leefest) and Jim Mawdsley (Association of Independent Festivals);
• Sentric Sync Masterclass;
• BPI present the Music Export Growth Scheme.
The three-year Generator NI (www.generatorni.com) programme will deliver development support to artists, managers, record labels and music publishers to assist in developing skills, new markets, networks and competencies.
The programme is funded by the Department for Communities and Invest Northern Ireland and aims to contribute to wider economic and social development by supporting a creative and vibrant music sector, which achieves consistent and sustainable economic growth.
It will also help stimulate cross-sector links within the wider creative industries and nurture opportunities for music businesses to develop partnerships across the film and television sectors and other diverse digital platforms.