1. avatar nomoreart
    Hi all,

    Just to let you all know that the Oh Yeah Music Centre will be having an Open Day on Saturday May 5th starting at 10am and finishing around 5pm for anyone who would like to see the building and have a chat with the people behind it. There will be stalls from music related businesses, a couple of performances, a digital photography studio for band shots and more available on the day.

    No need for invites, just come down if you fancy it.

    The website's over at [url]http://www.ohyeahbelfast.com[/url]

    marty@ohyeahbelfast.com
  2. avatar thesneakybandit
    [quote:7a22681168="oh yeah"]Here is a schedule of events.

    10.am – doors open. Tours of the building commence. The Oh Yeah team is at hand and on the top floor there will be a series of information stalls, representing the allies and associates of Oh Yeah. These will include: Sonic DJ Academy, BBC Northern Ireland, Bruised Fruit, Red Bull Music Academy, Glasgowbury Festival, Smalltown America Recordings, UnLtd, Graham Smith Photography, Alternative Ulster and more, TBC.

    Keith Wilson (www.keithwilsonphotography.com) will have a digital photographic studio installed on the top floor, ready for artists that require a photographic session for PR purposes. He will also be documenting the visitors during the day. To book an advance session, e-mail kdawilson@gmail.com.

    Throughout the day, BBC Northern Ireland will be showing some of their music programmes, including the documentary, ‘So Hard To Beat’.

    At 12 noon, Billy McBurney from Outlet Recordings will be talking about the musical heritage of the building.

    At 1.00 pm there will be a panel discussion on the middle floor: ‘Oh Yeah, NI Music And The Way Forward’. Panellists will include Stuart Bailie (Oh Yeah), Andrew Ferris (Jetplane Landing), Angela Dorgan (FMC), Paddy Glasgow (G Sessions and Glasgowbury) and several other figures from the music industry. This will be chaired by John D’Arcy.

    At 2.30 pm the Sonic DJ Academy will stage a demonstration on the middle floor. For more information, see www.sonic-dj-academy.com.

    At 4.40 pm The Fools (previously known as Pat And Nipsy) will play a short and exciting acoustic set – the first band to make a noise on behalf of Oh Yeah. Since leaving for Liverpool in 2006, the act has experienced a huge creative surge. See them and understand why they are the likely lads for 2007. www.myspace.com/thefoolsenjoyit


    Finishes at 5[/quote:7a22681168]
  3. avatar GrahamSmith
    Yes indeed, this should be a great day, looking forward to it (and The Fools are f*cking excellent!)
  4. avatar feline1
    MP: Hello, and welcome to the Classic Oh Yeah Hills, for the performance of Slow Patrol. I can see through the door of the gentlemens' that the B-feature "Bring me the head of Don Reavy" has only a few minutes left to run, just time for me to tell you a few quick words about the theatre.
    The Classic Oh Yeah, formerly The Social Club of The Handover Parks and Burials Department was converted into a cinema in 1941, by Ken Poulsen, father of John, in the Gothic renaissance style.
    The lavatory complies two standard fixtures and a 12-inch enamel wall bar with self-rinsing and were opened by Gary Cooper in 1957.

    Well, as Slow Patrol ride off through this stunningly
    beautiful, oh, but mainly visual NornIrish countryside, a word about the car park here at Oh Yeah.
    MP: Well, the Classic Oh Yeah Hill is very fortunate in 'aving adequate parking facilities adjacent to the cinema. The car park itself has an asphalt base rimmed with a foreign concrete strips and brick nugging to a depth of six feet. The parking area could accommodate up to 65 vehicles arranged in a crescent formation. Typical of the skill and architecture used by Enid Poulsen, mother of Ken, father of John, is that the park is self-draining.

    Over to you, Dougie...
  5. avatar nomeansyup
    how come nimic arent getting a stall at this??
  6. avatar thesneakybandit
    i heard they did have a stall at it...
    i could be wrong though.
  7. avatar nomoreart
    NIMIC have prior commitments unfortunately so can't come this time.
  8. avatar thebatgranny
    Looking forward to checking this out. It's impressive how quickly they got it up and running, kudos to those involved.
  9. avatar thesneakybandit
    [quote:b0f3b1b982="nomeansyup"]how come nimic arent getting a stall at this??[/quote:b0f3b1b982]

    you can check out what nimic are upto at their cd launch the previous night anyway.
  10. avatar Speed Demon
    Don't forget that you can nip round to the Black Box for some music and beer before catching The Fools at Oh Yeah.[color=red:5563f57b48][b:5563f57b48]
    http://www.cqaf.com/music_17.htm [/b:5563f57b48][/color:5563f57b48]

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  11. avatar barrypeak
    i see that poster failed to mention miserable country / post - folk ballix.
    or maybe i'll just get my funk on. wonder if mike can play slap?
  12. avatar The Natural
    But why would anyone go when Snow Patrol are round the corner?
    And why are people getting so twitchy about this to the point that posts asking a question are removed?
  13. avatar Speed Demon
    [quote:bd052dae7a="The Natural"]But why would anyone go when Snow Patrol are round the corner?[/quote:bd052dae7a]Some people prefer other things to Snow Patrol. Having my liver removed without an anaesthetic. I'd prefer that, for example.

    [quote:bd052dae7a]And why are people getting so twitchy about this to the point that posts asking a question are removed?[/quote:bd052dae7a]Yeah. I saw that. Why?
  14. avatar flaresnflowers
    [quote:127df0959c]And why are people getting so twitchy about this to the point that posts asking a question are removed?[/quote:127df0959c]

    ask snow patrol...lizards.
  15. avatar nomeansyup
    10 quid for a snow patrol gig might seem cheap but dont get to excited your not invited
  16. avatar GrahamSmith
    This is today, hopefully plenty of people can make it down!
  17. avatar livemusicpics.com
    Some photos of The Fools, Jetplane landing & Duke Special from this now online.
    [b][url]http://www.livemusicpics.com[/url][/b]

    Was an amazing day - and a brilliant gig on Saturday night. Gary Lightbody, Lisa Hannigan, Elbow, The Fools, Jetplane Landing, Duke Special, Burning Codes, James Walsh - some great performances.
    Will be great when the centre is fullyup and running.
  18. avatar JTM
    It was a bloody brilliant day and an even better gig - Duke Special showed how hot a talent he is even if he did cock up the words to Ash. I'm a bit worried about how they'll afford the rent on the place but it's about time we had something like this. Huzzah!
  19. avatar GrahamSmith
    It was indeed fantastic - lets keep the energy and enthusiasm going for this project, it could make such a huge difference to us all.
  20. avatar Amz
    [quote:5945113858="GrahamSmith"]It was indeed fantastic - lets keep the energy and enthusiasm going for this project, it could make such a huge difference to us all.[/quote:5945113858]

    agreed. I thought there was a great buzz about the place, and really did show what it could be in the future. All music heads under one roof, more access to advice and contacts etc. can only be a great thing...
  21. avatar tenrabbits
    [quote:09adbbdb9e="The Natural"]And why are people getting so twitchy about this to the point that posts asking a question are removed?[/quote:09adbbdb9e]

    I've had that done a couple of times recently - not on this thread tho. It's REALLY annoying, which I guess is the reason for whoever is doing it.

    Shame I didn't make it down to this.. I think it's a great resource.
  22. avatar thesneakybandit
    duke special cocking up an ash song is no gary lightbody cocking up a snow patrol song. i enjoyed this immensely as well as making it to both of the black box gigs as well. a great 24 hours for local music.
  23. avatar rinky
    [quote:16ae234b12]It was indeed fantastic - lets keep the energy and enthusiasm going for this project, it could make such a huge difference to us all.[/quote:16ae234b12]

    Not wanting to knock the project before I've seen what exactly is going in there, but can somebody point out the tangible benefits of the music centre that will make 'a huge difference' that aren't readily available in the myriad recording studios, practice spaces and venues around Belfast and NI?
  24. avatar thesneakybandit
    one of the things that will definitely benefit "the scene" is that the performance area within the centre will be used on a very regular basis for all ages gigs, which is something that seems to have been lacking around the city for the last while.

    i assume having things all under one roof will be of some benefit. it'll be easier to find out info, get pointed in the right direction, etc. rather than having a completely disperate music community as exists at the minute. hopefully it'll be refreshing to see a large group of people working together instead of in competition with each other for a change.
  25. avatar rinky
    [quote:d4da498b6c]one of the things that will definitely benefit "the scene" is that the performance area within the centre will be used on a very regular basis for all ages gigs, which is something that seems to have been lacking around the city for the last while.[/quote:d4da498b6c]

    Definitely agree with you there. First I'd heard of it though, it's a shame it seems this point has got lost in all the hyperbole surrounding the centre.
  26. avatar the dirty weed
    All ages gigs would be more prevalent if it wasn't so damn exspensive for promoters to hire a pub with a closed bar or gallery spaces that usually charge quite a bit.
    Was there any mention of the OhYeah centre addressing this? I couldn't make the open day.
  27. avatar thesneakybandit
    marty from oh yeah told me that the plan was to hold all ages gigs most saturdays.
  28. avatar jenniemcc
    Yes, there definately are plans to use the space for all ages gigs.

    I can't wait to start putting some on!

    Also I wanna say a huge thank-you to everyone that came down and supported the day. It really was great. An extremely long day for some of us, but totally worth it. People really do seem excited about the project which is awesome.

    And shame on you to all those who couldn't make it down! But hopefully the next time you get to see it it'll look a bit better and be ready to rock. There are very rough plans that suggest it might be ready for the end of 2007. bring it on!
  29. avatar dirty stevie smitty
    Got down to the open day myself, while there is a serious amount of work and a shed of cash needed, it would be a vital tool in stepping up aspects such as developing young talent and giving it the space to grow.

    It would also fill some of the cultural vacumn that ls around in Belfast in terms of music provision for young people. To me the most important aspect would be reaching out and getting into the council estates around town and giving kids who would never had the chance before to learn how music could open a few new avenues and opportunities in their lives.

    Long way to go, but it's heartening to see the first steps being taken in getting this thing up running.
  30. avatar nomeansyup
    yeah rinky im wonderin what exactly it is that is unique about this place that its bein trumpeted as the be all and end all..and having all ages gigs isn't a good enuff answer

    theyre already happening and if we have some more then well and good but that doesnt explain the hype..

    its a laugh to say this isnt about people in competition with each other as if their isnt a bitter fight for funding in the music scene!
  31. avatar thesneakybandit
    i don't think anyone ever said it was "unique" or "the be all and end all".

    obviously people will have their allegiances to other organisations and people within the northern ireland music community but that's their own prerogative.

    i just don't see the point in having a dig at an idea before it's even had a chance to get off the ground.
  32. avatar rinky
    Far from having a dig, was just curious as I was busy on Saturday...

    [quote:2cf74f1e78="rinky"]
    Not wanting to knock the project before I've seen what exactly is going in there, but can somebody point out the tangible benefits of the music centre that will make 'a huge difference' that aren't readily available in the myriad recording studios, practice spaces and venues around Belfast and NI?[/quote:2cf74f1e78]

    And yeah, the focus now seems to sensibly shifted from touting it's 'unique' status. ie. the spurious claim that it was the first opportunity for NI bands to record professionally in their own country going awol from the website.

    EDIT: post limit reached.

    [quote:2cf74f1e78]"then again someone off of the scene might have seen you and assumed you were consorting with the enemy".[/quote:2cf74f1e78]

    Read my post, I couldn't make it down on Saturday. It was a reasonable request for some facts to support claims made on here about the centre. That's a ridiculous assumption to make and it's precisely imagined conflict like this that prevents the disparate elements that apparently amount to a 'scene' working together in the first place.
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  33. avatar thesneakybandit
    surely if so many people on here are curious about tangible benefits and so eager to find out the wherefores and whys about oh yeah, it would've made more sense for you all to go down to the open day and look around, ask questions and sit in on the panel.

    then again someone off of the scene might have seen you and assumed you were consorting with the enemy.

    :twisted:
  34. avatar The Natural
    [quote:38d7f1351e]look around, ask questions and sit in on the panel. [/quote:38d7f1351e]
    The website provides the look around bit good enuff.
    I think everyone knows the questions, but we've already been told in the national press that Oh Yeah provides all the answers anyway.
    And the panel?
    Apart from Stu Bailie they were irrelevant. I mean [i:38d7f1351e]Paddy Glasgow[/i:38d7f1351e] sitting on a panel.
    He should be out there looking for giant flying saucers to crash his jet into when his missiles fail.
  35. avatar rentaghost
    Hmm. the way I think about this is that its a bit like life pre-fastfude and life after fastfude, except in three dimensions

    a one-stop-shop for the music industry?

    Thing is that to make it work in the best way possible, everyone needs to pitch and help if they can.

    The worst thing possible would be for it to develop into some kind of clique.
  36. avatar Lap Dog Shuffle
    [quote:db424ed66d]then again someone off of the scene might have seen you and assumed you were consorting with the enemy. [/quote:db424ed66d]Why do people think this? We (Clone Quartet) were accused of it a few weeks back. We've been down at ohyeah a few times now and down at the open day... It's always good to have more work-space but it's nothing until it's full of people doing the work - and sure there's nothing wrong with doubting the hype when we allready have a pretty healthy local scene.
  37. avatar nomeansyup
    that place would need to offer a hell of a lot more than theres evidence of to match the claims bein made on it's behalf and folk whove been attacked in the papers by supporters of it are hardly gonna want to pitch in..
  38. avatar thesneakybandit
    [quote:3d0517aa01="nomeansyup"]that place would need to offer a hell of a lot more than theres evidence of to match the claims bein made on it's behalf and folk whove been attacked in the papers by supporters of it are hardly gonna want to pitch in..[/quote:3d0517aa01]

    just out of curiosity, what connection with nimic and/or oh yeah does someone with 7 posts on here and from texas (according to your myspace) have?

    all of your arguments seem to be very personal and not really based on anything rational.

    EDIT: answer via pm if you desire
  39. avatar rentaghost
    Scott - is there any kind of write up being done about the panel discussion and/or the open day? maybe an FAQ section on the website would be an idea - you know - who is involved (aside from the three named), what are the objectives - that kind of thing. might be useful.
  40. avatar Lap Dog Shuffle
    [quote:53812e64e3]that place would need to offer a hell of a lot more than theres evidence of to match the claims bein made on it's behalf and folk whove been attacked in the papers by supporters of it are hardly gonna want to pitch in..[/quote:53812e64e3]Rehearsal rooms, performance space (only all-ages venue in Belfast?), a café and office units. - I'd say that's pretty good going, and they seem to be doing things right (like putting on gigs before it's been fully kitted out.)

    I just hope they get the right people, alot of similar projects have failed due to over enthusiastic orginisers and "members" who can't pull their own weight.
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  41. avatar thesneakybandit
    [quote:5514f4c37f="rentaghost"]Scott - is there any kind of write up being done about the panel discussion and/or the open day? maybe an FAQ section on the website would be an idea - you know - who is involved (aside from the three named), what are the objectives - that kind of thing. might be useful.[/quote:5514f4c37f]

    sorry karen i have no idea. i was busy round at the black box during the panel discussion. maybe nomoreart or jenniemcc on here could answer that. everyone involved in it so far seems fairly helpful and up for answering any questions so i'm sure if enough people are curious then answers will be forthcoming.
  42. avatar Estrella Ojos
    I hopped down there on Saturday & somehow ended up spending most of my afternoon hanging around the cool 2nd floor. I'm excited by the bare rooms; they offer a lot of opportunity. Sure, it's not close to being ready to open. I'm pretty sure the intention isn't to lead people on, but, rather to do as much preparation before opening as possible. Hence, finding out what people are looking for & planning what's going into the space before just blazing on & opening something that could potentially be a big embarrassment.
    Consequently, I'm interested in getting involved a bit more me thinks . . .
  43. avatar ratherfunkychemicaljunky
    [quote:aca8df72aa="thesneakybandit"]one of the things that will definitely benefit "the scene" is that the performance area within the centre will be used on a very regular basis for all ages gigs, which is something that seems to have been lacking around the city for the last while.

    i assume having things all under one roof will be of some benefit. it'll be easier to find out info, get pointed in the right direction, etc. rather than having a completely disperate music community as exists at the minute. hopefully it'll be refreshing to see a large group of people working together instead of in competition with each other for a change.[/quote:aca8df72aa]

    Why can't we have somewhere for all age gigs that's actually easy to find though? I looked for that place for over an hour and when I found it everybody was going home.

    I liked the idea that the top floor could be rented out to businesses or whatever it was. It'll be good to have that many things under one roof.

    [quote:aca8df72aa]surely if so many people on here are curious about tangible benefits and so eager to find out the wherefores and whys about oh yeah, it would've made more sense for you all to go down to the open day and look around, ask questions and sit in on the panel.
    [/quote:aca8df72aa]

    Not all of us are completely free to go check these things out. I got to town from work (in Lisburn) as fast as I could and still didn't find out anything (spend so long trying to find the thing). So I think it's reasonable for people to ask questions about it, especially on a message board where it seems quite a few people are involved in it.
  44. avatar Sansie
    I also got to hang around most of the day and find out more about whats happening in the industry and the services out there for bands!! Really good stuff.

    I think the best thing I noticed was that they actually were asking 'how do people want us to use this space!' There is tonnes of room in this building, and they want musicians, artists, business to come in and embrace it. It seemed like they were looking for ideas and people to get actively involved, this cud be an excellent opportunity for artists and businesses alike.
  45. avatar Estrella Ojos
    [quote:f44519ca8b="Sansie"]
    I think the best thing I noticed was that they actually were asking 'how do people want us to use this space!' There is tonnes of room in this building, and they want musicians, artists, business to come in and embrace it. It seemed like they were looking for ideas and people to get actively involved, this cud be an excellent opportunity for artists and businesses alike.[/quote:f44519ca8b]
    I noticed that too - thus a great time to get involved. Let thine voice be heard!
  46. avatar Lap Dog Shuffle
    [quote:ba08130b4b]Why can't we have somewhere for all age gigs that's actually easy to find though? I looked for that place for over an hour and when I found it everybody was going home. [/quote:ba08130b4b]Serious? It's nextdoor to The Parliament/Kube/whatever its called thesedays... Right round the corner from The Black Box/ Duke of York/ Art College. I think you're problem is that your're from Lisburn :D
  47. avatar ratherfunkychemicaljunky
    :lol: Nah just work there. But yea I seriously looked everywhere for it. I have to stick to my original point though 'cause I'll be well embarassed if a bunch of kids find it easier than me :oops:
  48. avatar spirit of division
    [quote:09f9e3bece](only all-ages venue in Belfast?)[/quote:09f9e3bece]

    The black box and bunker will do all age events.

    So...I didnt make it to this...had lots of other stuff on. What's the deal? Will it be packed with club nights or just live shows? Who will be able to book shows there? Will it end up first come first served? Will it fall to someone in particular who books the shows? How much will it cost to put a show on? Actually....is it open to people to put shows on or will bands be approached? So many questions.
  49. avatar Lap Dog Shuffle
    [quote:0db0b18102]The black box and bunker will do all age events.[/quote:0db0b18102]Shweet.
  50. avatar DonnaDee
    My first post!
    I went round with my friend Laura to check this out as we were in town anyway. It was a bit hard for us to find but we got there in the end. Honestly, I dont know why people are always picking on this as its new and exciting, and anything Gary is involved in has to be good! It'll be cool to have places for bands to practise in as well as a studio and a room for gigs. Looking forward to going to gigs there soon!
  51. avatar churchwarden
    it's next door to here:

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    Excellent space. Only caught The fools / Pat and Nipsy ( due to the amount of other "Festival of Fools" stuff on, but looks great )

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  52. avatar thehellfireclub
    So is the dream to have a kind of Belfast Motown?
    I mean, if it all goes well, are OhYeah going to try and funnel all the practice and inspiration and energy into records? or is the final product someone else's business?
  53. avatar TheJaneBradfords
    surely putting out records and gettin the finger out is the band's job? Ohyeah will just make that job easier and point you in the right direction.
  54. avatar icedcoffee
    I have some photos online [URL=http://www.flickr.com/photos/philokane/sets/72157600215604790/]FLICKR[/url]

    I had such a fun day and look forward watching this great project take off and being a part of it :)

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