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Techno pioneer Juan Atkins heading to Belfast

By David Young

A US producer and DJ widely credited as the creator of techno music is travelling to Belfast to share his experiences with aspiring musicians.

Juan Atkins, from Detroit, Michigan, pioneered the music genre in the mid-1980s.

The techno godfather, who established his own Metroplex label, will address the AVA music festival in the Titanic Quarter in June.

He will also take part in a question-and-answer session with music fans.

Atkins has also released works under the name Infiniti.

The AVA event is an electronic music and digital visual arts festival designed to celebrate and nurture new talent across Ireland.

Festival founder Sarah McBriar, from Up Productions, said Atkins' appearance would provide a context to the "sound we know and love today".

"We are really pleased to announce Juan Atkins, the originator of techno, Detroit legend and founder of Metroplex records, as the lead keynote for the AVA conference," she added.

The festival is being put on in partnership with Generator NI, the Stormont-funded music industry development programme.

A free conference will be held on June 4 ahead of an evening of performances. Other well-known figures in the industry, such as Dave Haslam and Belfast DJs Bicep, are also taking part.

For more information visit www.avafestival.com/conference

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