Few projects have contributed to Belfast’s scene in the way that AVA Festival has. Dance music has always been held in high regard in the Northern Irish capital, with Shine and Twitch bringing some of the world’s finest in renowned and underground talent to dictate the cities soundscape, yet something felt missing, until AVA’s arrival.
The establishing of Belfast’s very own festival is the most simplistic way to define what the AVA team do. Between flying out to Amsterdam for ADE, setting up showcases at Output, hosting emerging producer and graphic design competitions to discover Ireland’s next creative talent and pulling together titans of the scene to reveal their insightful knowledge at their festival conference, the passionate and forward thinking minds at AVA seem hell-bent on ensuring that Ireland’s dance culture and creative community remain alive and kicking.
Now a two event, AVA are preparing what is set to be their biggest line up yet. The very best in dance music return, locked in for performances and sets under the industrial shadow of the Harland and Wolff cranes. A landscape soaked in cultural history transforms into an illustration of its modern brother, dictating a sound symbolic to our very surroundings.
Here are the seven act that we can’t wait to see.
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New Jackson (Live)
“From a studio near the sea, New Jackson makes nocturnal house jams with a ghostly disco hint.”
Irishman David Kitt is preparing the release of his debut New Jackson album, From Night To Night, on All City Records. The LP will drop on May 15th, under a month from the beginning of AVA Festival, so expect plenty of excited faces when the record launch rolls around.
Check out Kitt’s live Boiler Room below to see just why he’s worth getting all worked up about.