Belfast Music Week biggest and best ever, says Lord Mayor
The fourth annual Belfast Music Week, which finished this week, has been the most successful yet, the Lord Mayor has declared.
Commenting on the week of activities which saw more than 250 events being held in 70 venues all across the city, Mairtin O Muilleoir said that while final figures had not been confirmed "it looks like Belfast Music Week 2013 was another huge success story for the city and its music, with more people attending more events in more venues in every corner of our magnificent city".
"While there obviously were the high-profile events – such as the fantastic evening to celebrate Van Morrison receiving the freedom of the city – tribute must also be paid to the hundreds of artists and promoters who stepped up to the mark and helped make this year even bigger and better than before," he said.
"From pubs and clubs to the magnificent surroundings of St Anne's Cathedral, Crumlin Road Gaol to An Chulturlann, the Strand Cinema and the T13 skate park in Titanic Quarter, every corner of Belfast echoed with seven days of magnificent music from the finest artists right here on our doorstep."
In addition to the freedom ceremony for Van Morrison, other highlights of the week included a celebration of the life of Seamus Heaney by the Ulster Orchestra and featuring Stephen Rea.