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Relatively Speaking: We chat to cousins, Paul and Catherine

By Karen Ireland

Paul Burns from Belfast owns event management company Moth that's bringing the Filthy Festival, a two-day event, to nightspot Filthy McNasty's in the city this weekend. His law student cousin Catherine Wilson, also from Belfast, says she's Paul's biggest fan.

Name: Paul Burns

Age: 34

Occupation: Owner of Moth

Relationship to Catherine: Cousin

I set up my production and event management company, Moth, 18-months-ago. My role is to come up with creative ideas for events, book artists, and work with venues to ensure everything runs smoothly.

The team then liaises with all the people involved to pull the whole thing together.

The idea for the Filthy Festival, which will run this Saturday and Sunday, was the result of a gap we identified in the market for a two-day festival event in Belfast.

There is something for everyone with performances across all genres.

Acts include Two Many Djs, Katy B and some of the best beat voice boxers in the world.

We are working with Filthy McNasty's to host the event, which we hope will be the first in a series of events to run throughout the year.

Catherine is more like a sister than a cousin to me, and was always at my house when I was growing up.

She would be there every week with her mum.

I don't ever remember her not being around.

Though there is a 14-year age gap between us, we have always been close.

Catherine is studying Law at Queen's University. She helps me at work occasionally as she loves the excitement and buzz. She also likes the possibility of meeting some of the acts.

She takes a real interest in my work which I love, and gets involved with handing out flyers. I have also been teaching her about the social media side of event promotion.

Having a cousin who is a student means she can spread the word about certain gigs to her university friends.

A group of her friends are coming to the festival.

Catherine is a determined and independent young woman who has moved into her first place. Just recently I gave her a few cookery lessons so that she could feed herself since she is not at home anymore.

I love creating dishes in the kitchen, it is one of my real passions.

Name: Catherine Wilson

Age: 20

Occupation: Student

Relationship to Paul: Cousin

I am a second year law student at Queens' University and am currently studying for exams - it's a busy course with a lot of hard work.

I love my cousin Paul to pieces, and I enjoy getting the opportunity to spend time with him at work, as he has such an interesting job running the business.

I have learned so much about event promotion from him and the logistics of setting up gigs, such as the festival, and bringing it all to fruition.

He is more like my big brother than a cousin and is incredibly knowledgeable about music. We do talk a lot about music and he sends me new songs all the time. He is constantly discovering new acts and artists because of the business - so I get a special preview.

I have a lot of respect for his talent and feel he has taken the music scene in Belfast to a whole new level.

On a personal note, he is one of the most honest and trustworthy people you could ever meet. Those are great qualities in a person.

I can tell him anything, despite the fact he is older than me.

Mostly, though, he is great fun with a big personality and is always cracking jokes.

I hope I will be as confident and smart as him some day. We are great friends.

Paul is a brilliant cook and he always makes Christmas dinner for the whole family. My sister Caitlin and I have had some cookery lessons courtesy of Paul, which were particularly useful for me now that I live away from home.

He has brought some new and exciting acts to Belfast, and all my friends and I are really looking forward to the festival at the weekend.

There are some big names playing so it will be a fantastic evening.

Paul can be opinionated and usually thinks he is right, but he is always there for me and I couldn't be more proud of him.

Festival first for filthy quarter

  • Moth and Filthy McNasty's present The Filthy Series, Chapter One, May 2 and 3, featuring Katy B and Too Many DJs.
  • Some of the artists unveiled at the recent launch in Filthy's are Wretch 32, Jungle, Reeps One, Too Many Ts, Hercules and Love Affair, Digitalism and Skymas
  • The festival is staged in the car park behind Filthy's with capacity for over 2,500 people
  • For details about tickets visit or

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