AVA Festival and Conference

von Emin Mahrt

AVA returns to T13 Belfast, announcing a UK and Ireland debut of Jeff Mills and Guillaume Marmin’s collaboration, Marcel Dettmann, Bicep, Ben UFO, Fatima Yamaha Live, Midland, ReR bekah, Job Jobse, Denis Sulta, plus Irish talents Or:La, Hammer, Saoirse, The Cyclist, Ryan Vail, Jordan, JMX and much more still to come For the third year running, AVA (Audio Visual Arts)

Festival and Conference is set to return to its Belfast home at T13, this time across two days on the 2nd and 3rd of June 2017. For it’s first full weekend outing, AVA pulls out all the stops with a packed agenda of conferences, talks, music and arts from a wealth of global and local artists. You’ll find a rare Jeff Mills and Guillaume MarR min collaboration, Marcel Dettmann, Bicep, Fatima Yamaha Live, Rebekah Hybrid set, TinFoil Live and a host of local legends ready to descend across the vast Belfast warehouse space. On top of this, there’s the return of the almighty Boiler Room, plus AVA’s allRimportant conference on the Friday will educate on all areas of the music industry and technology.

With weekend tickR ets starting from £50 and flights to Belfast for around the £20 mark, there’s no excuse not to be a part of AVA 2017. A UK and Ireland debut, Jeff Mills will be collaborating with French lighting designer Guillaume MarR min to create ‘Close Encounters of the Fourth Kind’, a full sensory experience recreating the sensation of entering and existing in another reality, for what is set to be a truly one of a kind experience. Bicep return to their home ground, after a solid run of live performances and studio time on their rumoured upcoming album, expect new material and some insight into their 2017 output, plus techno hero Marcel Dettmann heads to Belfast’s Titanic T13 warehouse, the ideal dystopian setting for his intense sound. Respected selectors Ben UFO, Job Jobse and Midland all join, journeying from disco classics to basstinged techno, and dark, steely tones from Birmingham’s own Rebekah, who will perform a hybrid set as part of her ‘Fear Paralysis’ album tour.

One of many live performances comes from man of the moment Fatima Yamaha, whose 2016 album was one of last year’s most celebrated releases, exploring the emotive side of house. Championing the plethora of Irish talent is at the heart of AVA Festival’s ethos, and there’s loads to discover at AVA 2017. Ever more recognised as a focal point for the electronic underground, Belfast’s heart, soul and history make it a must visit destination for the clubbing community.

AVA 2017 hosts duo Tinfoil (Live set formed of Sunil Sharpe and DeFeKT) bring a fresh take on analogue sound, plus techno master Ejeca and Nocturne Records boss and local partystarter Jordan. Fresh off the back of a Hotflush release, Or:La joins Sub Club regular Hammer, a live show from JC Williams, as well as stalwarts of the Belfast scene Timmy Stewart and JMX. Find effortless blends from Saoirse raw energy from The Cyclist and no holds barred techno from Myler, plus Ryan Vail’s instant melodic electronic vibe, Swoose and Cromby’s grooving classic house sound and Holly Lester’s kingpin sets. Dublin’s New Jackson will play live, plus Techno and Cans, Subject DJs and Cork’s own ELLLL. Completing the first set of names for this year’s festival there is a whole host of residents and regulars from Bobby Analog, Inside Moves, Nez, Ryan Dallas, Brien, to Alice Meat Free, Jika Jika and Twitch DJs, Clockwork, a live set from Paragon, Cave DJs B2B KaR poor, MisFit, and GIRL. Alongside a solid roster of incredible artists playing across the two days, there’s an emerging DJ and Producer competitions, discovering the next generation of talent, workshops as well as talks from industry insiders, professionals and artists.

Leading Belfast creative collective Guerrilla Shout will be on hand, creating illustrious visuals and light displays, extending the event past just sounds and into a 360 degree sensory experience. With world class sound systems, a heavy roster of artists, workshops and expert visual displays AVA Festival has it all covered. With it’s rich musical history, Belfast’s burgeoning electronic community has been kept under wraps until recently. Now gaining international recognition for its clubs, venues, events and of course, the ever growing roster of impressive home grown talent.

From long standing promoters such as Shine, venues likes Thompsons, to the cities newest club offering Foundry there’s much to explore, discover, and get your teeth into. In a city where there are no warm up sets, you’ll find yourself quite literally getting lost in the energy. Getting to Belfast is easy, with return flights from London at just £40 return (via sky scanR ner), a journey time of under 1h30, and accommodation options for every budget, there is no better time to dive into the cities cultural offerings (more info on accommodation here: http://avafestival.com/accomodation). June 2nd and 3rd is the perfect time to see the ways in which AVA Festival and Conference are paving the way for future talent, join the family here http://avafestival.com/tickets Keep eyes peeled for more information on the conference, Boiler Room sign up, conference deR tails and lineup additions R all coming very soon…

Emin Mahrt

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