Oh Yeah! It’s a birth­day party

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - Inside - ohyeah­belfast.com lmur­[email protected]­times.com

It seems like Belfast is the place to be this bank hol­i­day week­end. Not only has the Cathe­dral Arts Quar­ter Fes­ti­val just kicked off (run­ning un­til May 13th), but the city’s Oh Yeah! Mu­sic Cen­tre – co­in­ci­den­tally, right in the heart of the Cathe­dral Quar­ter – is cel­e­brat­ing its fifth birth­day to­mor­row.

Founded in 2007 by a group of like-minded in­di­vid­u­als that in­cludes Snow Pa­trol’s Gary Light­body, the cen­tre acts as a hub for the city’s mu­sic scene, in­cor­po­rat­ing a stu­dio, re­hearsal rooms, a café, per­for­mance and ex­hi­bi­tion spa­ces and of­fice units for mu­sic-re­lated busi­nesses. To cel­e­brate their mile­stone to­mor­row, the cen­tre will host a free open day that in­cludes a tour of the build­ing, film screen­ings, a BBQ and per­for­mances by Katie Richard­son, Colly Strings and Fight­ing With Wire.

To­mor­row evening, a tick­eted gig fea­tur­ing Bron­agh Gal­lagher, Verse cho­rus verse, Robyn G Shiels, Our Kryp­ton Son and more will take place in the venue.

“Five years ago, we had no money, we hadn’t signed the lease or paid a de­posit, but we sold Belfast the dream — a ded­i­cated mu­sic cen­tre, a re­source for mu­si­cians and young en­trepreneur­s,” co-founder Stu­art Bailie said.

Our Kryp­ton Son: to play at Oh Yeah! cel­e­bra­tions

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