Belfast Music Week 2013 Launches The week-long series of events returns from November 11 – 17

Published on : Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Belfast Music Week 2013The conferment of the Freedom of the City on legendary singer-songwriter Van Morrison will be the highlight of the fourth annual Belfast Music Week, which runs from November 11 – 17, 2013.

The ceremony will take place at the Waterfront Hall on Friday, November 15 and will be followed by a free concert featuring Van Morrison and a selection of special guest artists.


‘Belfast is my home,’ said Morrison following the announcement. ‘It is where I first heard the music that influenced and inspired me, it is where I first performed and it is somewhere I have referred back to many times in my songwriting over the past fifty years.

‘I am delighted and honored to receive the Freedom of the City and would like to thank all those who made it possible, the Lord Mayor, the Councilors and the people of Belfast.’


Other highlights of Belfast Music Week will include a series of special Ulster Hall concerts, showcasing the best in local acoustic, heavy metal and dance music, culminating in a concert from the Ulster Orchestra on Sunday, November 17.


The 2012 Belfast Music Week was the most successful yet, with more than 41,000 people attending more than 250 events in 70 venues across the city, bringing with it an associated economic impact of almost £2.1 million.


In addition to the Ulster Hall programme, other highlights of Belfast Music Week will include the Northern Ireland Music Prize, a live event and announcement of the best local album of the past 12 months, at the Mandela Hall on Tuesday, November 12.


Another highlight is the annual Belfast Music Week Showcase at the Limelight Complex on November 14, featuring 12 Northern Irish artists as selected by a panel of respected local and international media and music industry judges.


Source:- Tourism Ireland

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