Wednesday 29 March 2017

Musician and producer Steve Albini to address Belfast music conference

Steve Albini will be the keynote speaker at the Output Belfast conference in The MAC
Steve Albini will be the keynote speaker at the Output Belfast conference in The MAC

A musician and producer who has worked with Nirvana will address Northern Ireland's largest ever music conference this week.

Steve Albini has also collaborated with the Manic Street Preachers and many others.

He will be the keynote speaker at the Output Belfast conference in The MAC, which will be attended by more than 500 artists, businesses and creative students and will address the challenges and opportunities that the music industry presents.

Organised by Belfast City Council, the conference will include panel discussions, music sessions, workshops and speed networking events.

A spokesman for the organisers said: "Output Belfast will be Albini's only speaking engagement in Europe in 2016, thus offering a unique opportunity for a Belfast audience to gain firsthand insights from one of the most acclaimed and respected figures in the music business."

Other panels and workshops include a session on music composition and placement in the BBC television show Peaky Blinders.

At night, the emphasis will switch to live music, with free pop-up gigs at nine venues in and around the Cathedral Quarter.

Belfast City Cllr Deirdre Hargey said: "The economic and cultural contribution and potential of the creative industries is widely acknowledged.

"The council is committed to supporting those working in the fields of film, music, digital media and design to achieve their true economic and creative potential.

"This unique one day event is designed to provide a high quality, internationally recognised conference and showcasing event that will help to underpin and accelerate the development of skills, networks and market opportunities for artists and businesses in Belfast's burgeoning music industry sector."

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