Belfast Music Week launches on Wednesday

Lord Mayor Máirtin Ó Muilleoir will officially announce details of the fourth annual Belfast Music Week, which takes place from November 11 – 17, this coming Wednesday.

A number of exciting, high profile events will form the cornerstone of this year’s programme and as soon as we hear all the details we’ll let you know.

Check out this clip of last years Music Week, just to remind yourself how great it is:

Last November, more than 41,000 people attended more than 250 events in 70 venues across the city. This compared to 33,500 people attending 170 events in 45 venues in 2011 – when Belfast Music Week coincided with the MTV EMAs being held in the city. Relive that crazy MTV weekend here, here, here, here and here.

The figures also showed that the 2012 programme brought an associated economic impact of almost £2.1 million – an increase of around ten per cent over the previous year.

Reacting to the figures, Alderman Christopher Stalford, Chairman of the Development Committee, said that Belfast Music Week helped to change the image and perception of the city, especially among younger audiences.

‘More than three-quarters of those who attended Music Week events in 2012 were aged between 16 and 34,’ he pointed out. ‘Furthermore, our audience surveys show that two-thirds of those questioned said that they would not have visited Belfast if they had not been going to a Belfast Music Week event, and 99% of people said they would both recommend Belfast Music Week to friends and would return for future events.’

Alderman Stalford continued: ‘The music sector in Belfast has grown significantly over the past three years, and now plays a key role in the overall economic development of the city.

‘With a rise in the number, and quality, of musicians and bands making headlines and enjoying success in the international marketplace, and new and innovative music businesses based in our city, events such as Belfast Music Week, and the council’s support for it, have a significant role to play in developing the music industry, appreciating the ongoing success stories which make us proud of our unique, indigenous music scene and showcasing this on the global stage.’

Watch this space on Wednesday for all the exciting news about what’s happening during this years Music Week!

Post Author: Belfast Times

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