Belfast Telegraph

Belfast's Oh Yeah Centre started with pub crawl

By Maureen Coleman

It's played a pivotal role in putting Northern Ireland's music scene on the map — and it all started with a pub crawl.

The Oh Yeah Centre in the Cathedral Quarter in Belfast celebrates its fifth anniversary this weekend and CEO Stuart Bailie says it has become a model for similar venues around the world.

The Oh Yeah Centre opened on May 5, 2007 with a much-talked-about gig that featured Elbow, Gary Lightbody and Duke Special.

It is home to rehearsal and songwriting rooms, recording studios, exhibitions and a cafe.

Mr Bailie said: “The idea really sprung to life during an all-day pub crawl with Snow Patrol back in December 2005. The band were talking about the fact that it had taken them 10 years to get anywhere in the industry.”

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