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Over 40 acts confirmed for Belfast music conference

Over 40 acts have been confirmed for The Output music conference in Belfast next month.

Around 400 people are expected to attend a day of seminars, panels and keynote speeches at Belfast's MAC on February 8

The event will also highlight Northern Ireland's home-grown talent, with a series of free showcases taking place across venues around the city's Cathedral Quarter.

Acts playing this year include NI Music Prize winner Joshua Burnside, Sam Wickens, who recently featured on Sky Arts' Tony Visconti's Unsigned Heroes, Londonderry teenager ROE, who is set to play at Eurosonic Festival in Holland later this month, and Empty Lungs who recently completed a 71 date headline tour across Europe.

Shows will be presented by a host of Irish promoters, festivals, management companies, bloggers and media organisations.

These include Ireland's most influential music blogger, Nialler9, Northern Irish arts and music publication The Thin Air, Dublin based filmmakers Feel Good Lost, PRS for Music and IMRO.

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Joshua Burnside

The showcasing takes place from 8pm-12 midnight with the official Output Belfast after party featuring Everything Everything DJs taking place at Babel Rooftop Bar from midnight.

Meanwhile, among the speakers and panels at the upcoming 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 details of The Output 2018, 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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