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Ireland's largest music conference Output Belfast returns next year

Top names from the global music industry are being lined up to speak at Ireland’s largest music conference in Belfast next year.

Output Belfast returns to the city for a fourth year on Thursday, February 8 2018.

The 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.

Based at The MAC and The Oh Yeah Centre, the conference is expected to be attended by around 600 local artists, businesses and students, and will address the challenges and opportunities that the music industry presents.

Among the speakers and panels at the 2018 event will be:

  • Everything Everything’s Jeremy Pritchard on recorded music and streaming in 2018
  • Christian Tierney (a 20-year old videographer who has worked with The 1975, The Weekend, Kendrick Lamar, James Bay and Conor McGregor on ‘The Sound Of Success’)
  • Peter Bradbury (Head of Music, Sky) and Nicky Bignall (Head of Music licensing, BBC) on placing music in UK television
  • A ‘Music for Trailers’ panel featuring Connie Farr (Think Sync)
  • A ‘Music for Games’ panel featuring Ben Sumner (Feel For Music), Hyperduck Soundworks and Janesta Boudreau
  • John Davis (mastering engineer whose credits include U2, Lana Del Rey and Jimmy Page) and Rocky O’Reilly on tips and techniques for bedroom mastering
  • ‘The Digital Dollar Deals Guide’, presented by CMU, plus two CMU speed briefing sessions
  • ‘Topliners - how to write hooks’, presented by PRS For Music, with Stefan Abingdon (Selena Gomez/Jess Glynne), Marli Harwood (Tileyard), Flash Taylor (Bucks), Stuart Fleming (PRS for Music) and Callum Stewart
  • ‘Cracking the media in rock and metal’, featuring Remfry Dedman (The Independent), Adam Reiss (Metal Hammer), Simon Glacken (I Like Press) and Becky Laverty (Pioneer Press)
  • ‘20 Feet from Stardom - making it as a session musician’, featuring Si Francis (Ellie Goulding), Alana Henderson (Hozier cellist), Michael Keeney (Van Morrison) and Gerry Morgan (2017 “Live Session Drummer of the Year” with Niall Horan)
  • ‘Anatomy of a successful music video premiere’, featuring Nadia Khan (manager Lethal Bizzle), Caroline Bottomley (Radar Music Videos) and Karim Khan (Lucid PR)
  • The 2018 Talent Development Toolkit, presented by The Oh Yeah Music Centre featuring Tom Packer (Motive Unknown), Joel Borquaye (AWAL) and Elizabeth Sills (PRS Foundation)
  • ‘How to break open Ireland as a territory’, featuring Shane Dunne (Music Cork), Ed Smith (Today FM), Niall Byrne (Nialler 9), Michael Roe (Faction), Sarah Casey (agent - Beoga) and William Ryan (lawyer)
  • 'Meet The Irish Festivals', with Castlepalooza, Hard Working Class Heroes, Stendhal Festival, Moira Calling and more
  • ‘Meet the Performing Rights Organisations’, with PRS, PPL, MCPS and IMRO
  • ‘Meet the funders’, with PRS Foundation, Invest NI and Help Musicians and more
  • ‘How to produce a pop record’, featuring Paul Whalley (collaborator with Mumford and Sons, Ellie Goulding, Nao, Wretch 32, Little Mix) and Pip Newby (producer, manager)

Announcing the details of this year’s event, Councillor Mairead O’Donnell, Chair of Belfast City Council’s City Growth and Regeneration Committee, said: “Since its inception in 2015, Output Belfast has been an invaluable event for those working, or seeking to work, in the local music industry, and the wider creative sector, by providing them with invaluable insights into every aspect of the business, from tips on writing to how to get the results in front of the right people.

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