I am Stuart Bailie, CEO of the Oh Yeah Music Centre inBelfast. We have been commissioned by Belfast City Council to co-ordinate Belfast Music Week, October 30 to November 5. This is a programme of musical activities leading up to the MTV EMAs on November 6.

We have been working on a day of events on Monday, October 31 that will offer career advice about music journalism and radio presenting to young people of school age.

That evening, we have a live event at the Ulster Hall, accessible to young people aged 14+. This event is being promoted by Volume Control, a team of teenage entrepreneurs who have already promoted Ash and Duke Special.


I hope you can refer some of the following to your music and media students.

Numbers are limited, so please contact info@ohyeahbelfast.com to reserve any places. I have also enclosed a flyer for the Ulster Hall event, I would be grateful if you could circulate this.


Workshops at the Oh Yeah Music Centre, Monday October 31

Workshop title: The Future Is Unwritten

Time: 2pm – 3pm

A young person’s guide to making a living from music journalism, blogging, and magazine publishing. How to find the work, how to monetise your talents and the basic journalism skills required.

Stuart Bailie is a former Assistant Editor of the NME. He has also presented a Radio Ulster show for the past 12 years. He has written for The Times, Hot Press, Uncut and Mojo.

Workshop title: Set Faders To Stun
Time: 3.30 pm – 4.30 pm

A young person’s guide to radio, presenting and podcasting. A survey of the rapidly evolving world of internet radio and podcasting. What makes a great radio voice? What constitutes the best listening experience? What do the new listeners want?

David ‘Rigsy’ O’ Reilly presents Across The Line on BBC RadioUlsterevery Monday night. He has presented ATL TV and other media productions.


Monday, October 31. The Ulster Hall.

Volume Control presents… A Belfast Music Week With MTV event

An all-ages gig (14+) with a Halloween theme. 7pm. £6.

A Plastic Rose
Rainy Boy Sleep
Axis Of
Colly Strings


In association with Across The Line and Radio 1 Introducing.

This will be a live broadcast on ATL, BBC RadioUlster, 8-10pm. The highlights will also go out on BBC Radio 1 Introducing.

The night’s promoters are Volume Control, teenage entrepreneurs who present monthly gigs in the city and who are celebrating their Second Birthday at this event. This is the perfect way to usher in their third year, with some of the most inspiring, upcoming bands.


Rory McConnell from Radio 1 says: “BBC Introducing in N.Ireland on Radio 1 is really proud to be giving some of the best in brand new and unsigned bands the opportunity to tread the boards of one of the UK’s most prestigious music venues. Belfast Music Week is such an amazing celebration of just how vibrant the Music scene is here and it’s great to celebrate it like this.”

Belfast Music Week – a celebration of local bands, industry, venues and our musical community – runs from 30 October to 5 November 2011 and will provide an exciting run-up to the MTV Europe Music Awards on November 6.


Belfast Music Week is organised by Belfast City Council with support from the Northern Ireland Tourist Board, TourismIreland, Invest NI, Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure and the European Regional Development Fund under the European Sustainable Competitiveness Programme for Northern Ireland 2007-2013.

Tickets available from the Ulster Hall Box office at 9am, Monday October 3.

Ulster Hall Box Office, www.ulsterhall.co.uk. Tel. 02890 334455.

Online ticket sales: http://www.belfastcity.gov.uk/uhsearch/performanceDetail.aspx?eventnameid=41321