Belfast set to host new two-day dance music festival

Belfast is set to continue leading the way in dance music with the launch of a new two-day multi-stage festival in the city.

he team behind Belfast Shine club and festival Belsonic is hosting the Emerge music festival next weekend at the Boucher Road Playing Fields.

Promoter Joe Dougan told Showbiz life, “Emerge is the first dedicated dance music festival our company has produced. Shine have been present at dance music events in Ireland since the mid 90s. There has been a fairly stable build and we are one of the biggest brands of its kind in the UK.

“It’s the first time we’ve kind of tailored something specifically for the dance music audience. There is a huge dance music culture in Northern Ireland. People here might think that’s normal, but there are plenty of cities in the UK that don’t have the size of the industry and the vigor with which our audience attends these events.

Over 40 artists, including Eric Prydz, Disclosure, Peggy Gou and Patrick Topping, are part of the roster of cutting-edge international electronic artists and the wealth of fantastic new talent constantly emerging from the burgeoning Irish market. Every day, Emerge will welcome 20,000 festival-goers.

And it won’t just be about the music on all three stages, as bespoke sound and lighting/AV installations will feature on all stages, emphasizing a world-class audience experience. inspiring Arcadia at Glastonbury Festival, Tomorrowland and Parklife Festival.

Joe hopes the next generation of DJs will attend the festival and be inspired to create their own music.

He explained, “Bicep is a huge electronic band here and they grew up going to Shine events at Queen’s University. They named a piece after the old Snack Bar in Queens above Mandela Hall and, you know, they kind of got to tell the world every time they’re interviewed they talk about the scene here in Belfast, and the events they grew up in that were so crucial to them. They are one of the biggest bands to put Belfast on the map as a very important electronic music city in the UK.

“It becomes like an ecosystem rather than a pipeline. Emerge Festival could be a bit of a honey trap for people who come to see Eric Prydz or the well-known artists, but then see something that inspires them. There are a lot of local artists on the lineup and people could see that they might be the ones DJing these stages in the future.

Co-promoter and manager Alan Simms added: “The electronic music scene has grown steadily in Belfast over the nearly 30 years that I have promoted in the city with my Shine brand, and it has grown exponential in recent years. years. Belfast is one of the most fertile and vibrant scenes of its kind in the UK or Ireland. We have promoted many large-scale outdoor electronic events in recent years, but we always wanted to organize such a multi-stage event. We are fortunate to have some of the world’s biggest names in dance music in our inaugural Emerge Music Festival lineup, many of whom we have worked with since their very first club shows in the country.

n Tickets for Emerge Music Festival are on sale now at, with day tickets, weekend tickets and weekend ticket deposit plans available.

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