AVA Festival and Conference announces its 2016 lineup

AVA Festival and Conference announces its return to Belfast’s T13 venue on Saturday 4th June 2016 after a hugely successful first year event in 2015.

AVA Festival is the first of its kind in Ireland, offering a platform for emerging and established electronic DJs & producers and audiovisual artists in Northern and Southern Ireland. The first event to bring Boiler Room to Belfast, AVA offered a stunning backdrop for the renowned Electronic Music Video platform and will see Boiler Room return at this years event.

Today’s announcement sees one of the most anticipated and sought after techno DJ’s from Berlin, RØDHÅD, play his Northern Irish debut alongside Irish heavyweights Bicep and Mano Le Tough. Other acts confirmed across three stages are; Gerd Janson, Optimo, Phil Kieran, Sunil Sharpe, Psycatron, T-Bone B2B JMX, Jordan, Brame & Hamo, Terriers Live, Hammer, Swoose & Cromby, JC Williams (Live), Misfit Live, OR:LA, Jika Jika, Twitch DJ’s, Belfast Music Club and Guerrilla Shout with more to be announced.

Bringing a mix of new names with a sprinkling of international icons, the first wave revealed gives a peek at what is in store. A series of firsts are set for AVA 2016, as Dystopian head-honcho RØDHÅD brings his Berlin heat to Belfast for his very first Northern Irish appearance, his usual blend of timeless techno that’ll find it’s perfect home in Belfast’s T13’s industrial space.

A special homecoming for the Bicep boys is also on the cards, as the duo prepares to debut their specially curated live show, accompanied by visuals from internationally revered AV artists Guerrilla Shout. Known the world over for killer productions and seamless sets, Bicep are flying the flag high for the Belfast movement. Fresh from hitting #15 in RA’s Top DJs of ’15, the Southern Irish Hometown Hero- Mano Le Tough will add a touch of his signature atmospheric disco-house-techno hybrid, and after a thumping set last year, vinyl-explorers Optimo return for what promises to be soul-searching journey from one of the deepest record bags in music.


Right now, the Belfast underground scene is stronger than ever, with talent bursting from the seams. This is a main focus of the AVA programming, with homegrown expertise coming from Shine resident Phil Kieran, Extended Play’s Jordan, plus Swoose & Cromby, fresh from recent shows at infamous Berlin institution Panorama Bar at Berghain. Across the three festival stages find Jika Jika, Twitch DJ’s, Misfit (LIVE), OR:LA, Extended Play bossman Timmy Stewart, Southern Irish Brame & Hamo who have quickly emerged as being a duo to watch out for and many more to be announced, each stepping up with techno, disco and house flavours, plus everything in-between. After their first Irish show last year, live streaming giant Boiler Room also returns to capture the Belfast spirit on the day. See what went down last year here: boilerroom.tv/session/bicep-belfast-avafestival/

AVA is conference, live broadcast and live showcase; a multi-sensory and immersive event. The day conference is open to all ages and free to the public who can register at avafestival.com/signup/. A way to educate and explore, the conference will get people playing, talking and testing, bringing together top names in tech and industry to share knowledge and experience. From Ableton workshops to music production panels and lectures, this year brings a similar vibe, with a huge programme to be announced next month.

AVA is proud to call T13 Belfast it’s home. Located at the heart of Belfast’s Titanic Quarter and a focal point for the city’s urban culture, the T13 venue has continued to develop in stature since AVA’s inaugural event, now being one of Belfast’s most in-demand venues.

The pioneering urban space will once again undergo a spectacular transformation with over 60 artists engaging in the conference and performing across three stages.

Sarah McBriar, Founder & Creative Producer of AVA Festival & Up Productions said:

‘Year one was so special, from the crowd, the artists, the AVA team, the visual spectacle of our AV Shows, the venue, bringing Boiler Room to Northern Ireland, our dedicated partners, and our ground-braking conference that developed both the artists and the industry. Our goal was to celebrate, amplify and develop the local talent and it seems we made a great start. AVA achieved as a collective something so unique and energetic, that we are really excited to announce the return of our Festival, Boiler Room broadcast, Conference and our 2016 lineup. We have added a third stage, brought on board some special guests from Berlin (RØDHÅD making his debut in Northern Ireland) and worked hard to expand our programming, with more to be announced. We hope you can join us!!’

FESTIVAL TICKETS AVAILABLE: www.avafestival.com/tickets