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AVA Festival announce Juan Atkins, Bicep and Women in Electronic Music panels

AVA Festival announce Juan Atkins, Bicep and Women in Electronic Music panels


Read my interview with Festival Director Sarah McBriar on today’s Irish Times.

Belfast’s electronic AVA Festival already announced live sets from Bicep, Boiler Room, RØDHÅD, Gerd Janson & more.

Today, they’ve revealed the speakers and panels that they’ve lined up for the free conference for the day part of the festival in T13 Titanic Quarter of Belfast on June 4th.

They include:

‘The Origins of Techno + Artist Q and A’

(The originator of Techno, Metroplex Records)
This session will cover the origins and growth of techno, Juan’s career, starting a label, as well as advice for fellow producers, followed by a Q&A.

BICEP (Andy Ferguson and Matt McBriar) present
‘Transition from DJ to Live Show’

‘Life after Dark’ –The Creative, Cultural and Economic Value of Club Culture

DJ and writer Dave Haslam DJed over 450 times at the legendary Hacienda in Manchester during the late 1980s and is a household name in the club world. He’s the author of ‘Manchester England’, a groundbreaking study of Manchester’s radical and musical history, and three more books; including the latest ‘Life After Dark: A History of British Nightclubs & Music Venues’ in 2015. Dave will be joined by Mark Lawrence, the director of the Association of Electronic Music, to discuss ‘Life after Dark’ – his book, the culture of nightclubs and the nighttime economy, touching on political and cultural issues that are at the forefront of the industry.

‘Pushing the Dial on Women in Electronic Music’

5 inspirational women from across the electronic music industry on a panel consisting of Lizzy Bowman (Red Light Management), Halina Wielogorska (She, Clintons Law, Boiler Room), Sarah McBriar (Up Productions & AVA Festival Founder) and Shanti Celeste (BRSTL, NTS, Idle Hands) will discuss how women can join together to inspire the next generation, share experiences of how they have progressed throughout their own careers in a space historically occupied primarily by men, followed by the challenges they face.

Equipment & Technology

Ableton Push Playground, Pioneer, Native Instruments and The Beat Emporium

DJ Comp

The emerging DJ competition gives the opportunity for an up-and-coming DJ to showcase their skills in a 30 minute mix, with 3 finalists performing in a live final at Belfast Underground Records. The winner wins a slot AVA 2016, feature on the Feel my Bicep Blog and show on Belfast Underground Records Radio.

Producer Comp

Unsigned producers can enter the AVA competition to feature on an EP with Extended Play, a feature on the Feel My Bicep blog and mentoring and artist development support from JMX & T-BONE. Submit your track or mini-mix via email to [email protected] add in the subject: ‘AVA Emerging Artist Track – Your Name’ by May 20th.

All sessions will be free to attend, but space is limited, so advance registration is essential at

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