AVA FESTIVAL AND CONFERENCE 2016:
RØDHÅD, Bicep LIVE Show (UK Debut), Mano Le Tough, Gerd Janson, Optimo, Phil Kieran, Sunil Sharpe, T-Bone, Brame & Hamo, Swoose & Cromby, Hammer, Jordan, Terriers Live announced for second instalment, alongside a host of North meets South Irish talent
4th June 2016 || T13 Belfast, Titanic Quarter
CONFERENCE: 11am – 3pm
FESTIVAL : 3pm – LATE
AVA (Audio Visual Arts) Festival and Conference is a first of it’s kind electronic music festival, a pioneering event breaking new ground by shining a light on emerging and established artists in Northern and Southern Ireland. After last year’s massive success, AVA announce their return on Saturday June 4th 2016, where they’ll takeover T13 Belfast, on the Titanic Docks for a day and night session comprised of conference and festival. Round two sees heavyweight RØDHÅD joining the bill, the debut live show from Bicep, the return of Boiler Room, plus Mano Le Tough, Gerd Janson, Optimo, Phil Kieran, Sunil Sharpe, Timmy Stewart and more local legends. On top of this, AVA’s free daytime conference will expand to help educate and inspire. With the first wave of early bird tickets selling out in less than two hours and tickets already on to 4th release, AVA 2016 is set to sell out!
Bringing a mix of new names with a sprinkling of international icons, the first wave revealed gives a peek at what is in store. A series of firsts are set for AVA 2016, as Dystopian head-honcho RØDHÅD brings his Berlin heat to Belfast for his very first Northern Irish appearance, his usual blend of timeless techno will find it’s perfect home in T13’s industrial space. A special homecoming for the Bicep boys is also on the cards, as the duo prepares to debut their specially curated live show, accompanied by visuals from revered AV artist’s Guerrilla Shout. Known the world over for killer productions and seamless sets, Bicep are flying the flag high for the Belfast movement. Fresh from hitting #15 in RA’s Top DJs of ’15, the Southern Irish Hometown Hero- Mano Le Tough will add a touch of his signature atmospheric disco-house-techno hybrid, and another global hero joins in the form of Running Back champ and DJ’s DJ Gerd Janson, with his signature blend of disco groovers and classic records. After a thumping set last year, vinyl-explorers Optimo also return for what promises to be soul-searching journey from one of the deepest record bags in music.
Right now, the Belfast underground scene is stronger than ever, with talent bursting from the seams. This is a main focus of the AVA program, with homegrown expertise coming from revered techno duo Psycatron, Shine resident Phil Kieran, Extended Play’s Jordan, plus Swoose & Cromby, fresh from recent shows at infamous Berlin institution Panorama Bar at Berghain. Across the three stages find Jika Jika, Twitch DJ’s, Sunhil Sharpe, JC Williams, OR:LA and Extended Play bossmen T-Bone and JMX doing a B2B set. More live sets on the night come from Misfit (LIVE) and Terriers.
Southern Irish Brame & Hamo who have quickly emerged as being a duo to watch out for and many more to be announced, each stepping up with techno, disco and house flavours, plus everything in-between. After their first ever Irish show last year, live streaming giant Boiler Room also return to capture the Belfast spirit on the day. See what went down last year here: boilerroom.tv/session/bicep-belfast-avafestival/ or for a quick taster…
AVA is a conference, live broadcast and live showcase; a multi-sensory and immersive event. The day conference is open to all ages and free to the public who can register at avafestival.com/signup/. A way to educate and explore, the conference will get people playing, talking and testing, bringing together top names in tech and industry to share knowledge and experience. From Ableton workshops to production panels and lectures, this year brings a similar vibe, with a huge programme to be announced next month.
AVA is proud to call T13 Belfast it’s home. Located at the heart of Belfast’s Titanic Quarter and a focal point for the city’s urban culture, the T13 venue has continued to grow, now being one of Belfast’s most in-demand venues. T13 Belfast will undergo a spectacular transformation, complete with AV displays from Guerrilla Shout, a pop-up record fair, and a host of delectable street food options pushing through from day to night. Only 10 minutes by car from Belfast City Airport (LDN > BEL approx 1hr30), the venue is easily accessible for overseas visitors, with regular bus/metro services running directly to T13 Belfast from the city centre. And with festivals tickets from just £30 from the AVA Website and flights from £40 via skyscanner.net, the whole price of AVA can work out cheaper than a UK day festival for those that act fast. Accommodation wise there are plenty of hotels, and apartments for rental close by for group bookings. Whilst there is no car parking at T13, there are various paying car parks close by.
As well as all of this, there’s much more in store, keep your eyes peeled for further details.
LINE UP (More TBA) :
RØDHÅD // Bicep Live Show (UK Debut) // Mano Le Tough // Gerd Janson // Optimo // Phil Kieran // Psycatron // Jordan // Hammer // Swoose & Cromby // Jika Jika // Twitch DJ’s // Misfit (live) // OR:LA // Terriers (live) // T-BONE B2B JMX // JC Williams // Sunil Sharpe // Brame & Hamo // Belfast Music Club, // Guerrilla Shout // Belfast Music Club // Belfast Underground Records