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May
26
Thu
The Soda Popz Sock Hop
May 26 @ 7:00 pm

 

The sensational Soda Popz are delighted to bring their popular summer show to the Black Box in May 2022! Paying an authentic tribute to the fabulous 1950s/60s, start your weekend early with a toe-tapping set list of Rock ‘n’ Roll hits from iconic artists such as Johnny Cash, Elvis, Buddy Holly, Connie Francis and many more! So put your glad rags on and join this sensational band for a nostalgic and uplifting night – Soda Popz style!

Doors 7pm

Show Starts 7.30pm

 

Audience feedback! 

🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟We all dressed up and danced along!! FaB-u-lous!

🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 Highly recommend the Soda Popz – they are great fun and really know how to keep everyone entertained!! What a fantastic atmosphere they create too!! 

🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 Thank you Soda Popz. I was transported back to my childhood days…I knew every song you played and loved them all. You are a wonderful uplifting set of entertainers.  

🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 They are a fantastic group, very eutheric and absolutely fantastic singing voices. 

🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 Beautiful harmonies ….voices complement each other superbly…looking forward to hearing them at the Black Box….it’s in the future…keep safe x 

May
28
Sat
RESCHEDULED – CQAF – Martin Stephenson and the Daintees
May 28 @ 8:00 pm

RESCHEDULED

Martin Stephenson and the Daintees

The Black Box

Saturday 28 May, 8.00pm

£15.00

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Very much an Out to Lunch institution, Martin Stephenson’s live performances are an exuberant tour-de-force combining heart-in-your-mouth intimacy with playful humour and warm self-deprecation.

The hugely acclaimed 1986 debut Boat to Bolivia showcased Stephenson’s song writing, poetic romanticism and spiritual depth – so marking him out as a soulful cream of the leftfield crop during the self-obsessed 1980s.

Never pandering to a particular scene, Stephenson’s lightness of touch on a varied mix of musical styles was immediately apparent. His path was destined to be a lifelong journey through the music he loved: folk, ragtime, jazz, rockabilly, show tunes, punk-pop and country.

The NME said of Martin’s song craft that he “builds bridges between love and hate, cradle and grave, folk and pop, past and present.” Stephenson’s restless troubadour spirit has amassed an extraordinary catalogue of some 40 albums and he is a gifted, entertaining and much-loved performer.

Martin, along with John Steel(guitar), Chris Mordey(bass) and Kate Stephenson(drums) will no doubt also be featuring songs from the classic back catalogue but, as usual, predicting the set list is impossible!

Doors 7.30pm | Unreserved Seating

Tickets also available from: Visit Belfast | 028 90 246 609
9 Donegall Square North – Open 7 days a Week

Jun
1
Wed
wonder
Jun 1 @ 7:00 pm

Join us for a night of celebration & prizes at Black Box Belfast, live music and much more, come on down.

About this event

7:00 Arrival & music from Jacob Cunningham Bell

7:20 Welcome & Introduction

7:20 Jacob Cunningham Bell

7:40 Testimony

8:00 Jacob Cunningham Bell

8:30 Testimony

8:50 Auction

9:45/10:00- late Band

Jun
2
Thu
Black Box Presents: NEW PAGANS + Parker
Jun 2 @ 8:00 pm

Fresh from wowing crowds on their 6000 mile European tour supporting the legendary Skunk Anansie, New Pagans return to home turf for their 1st Belfast show of 2022.

With every new release, New Pagans use their creative influence to challenge past and present issues surrounding relationships, equality, history, and gender, all wrapped up in their own brand of alternative, post-punk, indie rock . Despite the global crisis that hit the music industry in 2020, New Pagans have continued turning heads with the release of their Glacial Erratic EP and debut album The Seed, The Vessel, The Roots and All which include tracks ‘It’s Darker’, ‘Charlie Has The Face Of A Saint’ and ‘Admire’.

Their latest offering “Find Fault with Me” saw them delve deeper into their post-punk roots and take their knack for visual storytelling to more cinematic heights with a video directed by bassist Claire Miskimmin and shot by Macker Films. The band has received acclaim from the likes of The Line Of Best Fit, Kerrang, Louder, Clash and more. And in addition to Steve Lamacq’s support, the band have also received regular plays from BBC 6 Music and Radio 1 from Chris Hawkins, Daniel P Carter, Phil Taggart, Huw Stephens and Jack Saunders as well as John Kennedy at Radio X, BBC Introducing, Kerrang Radio, Amazing Radio and more.

New Pagans proudly accepted the award for ‘Best Live Act’ at the NI Music Prize 2020, cementing them as one of the most exciting and interesting Irish acts, both sonically and visually. As a collective they offer a wealth of artistic scope from Lyndsey’s skills in Irish embroidery, and her deep interest in Irish history, to bassist Claire’s visual artistry and talents as a director, and the songwriting and production experience of guitarist Cahir O’Doherty (Jetplane Landing, Fighting With Wire), along with the musical expertise of guitarist Alan McGreevy and drummer Conor McAuley.

Support from Derry’s loudest melodic punk trio Parker. Doors 8pm. Follow New Pagans:

www.newpagans.com/

www.facebook.com/newpagansband/

twitter.com/newpagansband/

www.instagram.com/newpagans/

Jun
4
Sat
WOMEN’S WORK FESTIVAL 2022
Jun 4 @ 12:30 pm – 2:00 pm

Women and girls are scared. They always have been. It’s as sad and simple as it surely doesn’t have to be this way. Virginia Méndez Mesón and Róisín Whyte live on the same street in East Belfast. Through their work and art, they have been considering their own experiences as girls and women and they want to start a conversation with you.

This is an open invitation to join us. Over the course of an hour or so, there will be music and talking. Much of the event will explore how gender is expressed and what it means for how boys/girls men/women relate to each other. Together we can consider the ways we can be kinder and fairer to ourselves and others in thought, word and deed.

This event is open to everyone because this affects everyone, and always will. Come young people, tell us your stories. Come teachers and parents, share your experience, empathy, humour. Come humans. Because we need to talk. About all of it. Virginia is the CEO of The Feminist Shop, activist, public speaker and author who’s first adult publication; Childhood Unlimited: Parenting Beyond the Gender Bias was released in April 2022. Róisín Whyte is a musician and a woman. She is weary, but remains hopeful and determined that change will come.

This is a free event, but please register for entry.

Jun
5
Sun
THE UNHOLY GOSPEL BAND
Jun 5 @ 1:30 pm

doors 13:30 start 14:00

This event will be unreserved seating.

Authentic American gospel, country & rock, delivered live and straight from the soul in true (unholy) gospel style.

Fronted by Cormac Neeson (of The Answer) and featuring songs by Mahalia Jackson, The Staple Singers, Gregory Porter and more. The Unholy Gospel Band, as the name suggests “ain’t holy but the music is gospel’.

“Great line-up, [and] pot of songs. The Unholy Gospel Band… at the service of saints and sinners alike.” The Irish News

Catch them live in the Green Room at Black Box – Sunday 5th & Sunday 12th June.

Doors 1.30pm. 2pm Showtime.

Tickets: £12 (+ £1.52 booking fee)

CQAF-Aoife O’Donovan
Jun 5 @ 8:00 pm

Aoife O’Donovan

The Black Box

Sunday 5 June, 8.00pm

£15.00

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Grammy award-winning songwriter and musician Aoife O’Donovan is one of the most sought-after singers and songwriters of her generation.

She has released 3 critically-acclaimed solo albums, is co-founder of the bands I’m With Her and Crooked Still, is the featured vocalist on The Goat Rodeo Sessions with Yo-Yo Ma, Stuart Duncan, Edgar Meyer and Chris Thile, and spent a decade contributing to the radio variety shows “Live From Here” and “A Prairie Home Companion”.

O’Donovan’s newest single,Transatlantic  features BBC Radio 2’s Folk album of 2017 artist, Glasgow-based Kris Drever.

Her first new solo album in 5 years is due out later in 2021.

Doors 7.30pm | Unreserved Seating

Tickets also available from: Visit Belfast | 028 90 246 609
9 Donegall Square North – Open 7 days a Week

Jun
12
Sun
THE UNHOLY GOSPEL BAND
Jun 12 @ 1:30 pm

doors 13:30 start 14:00

This event will be unreserved seating.

Authentic American gospel, country & rock, delivered live and straight from the soul in true (unholy) gospel style.

Fronted by Cormac Neeson (of The Answer) and featuring songs by Mahalia Jackson, The Staple Singers, Gregory Porter and more. The Unholy Gospel Band, as the name suggests “ain’t holy but the music is gospel’.

“Great line-up, [and] pot of songs. The Unholy Gospel Band… at the service of saints and sinners alike.” The Irish News

Catch them live in the Green Room at Black Box – Sunday 5th & Sunday 12th June.

Doors 1.30pm. 2pm Showtime.

Tickets: £12 (+ £1.52 booking fee)

Jun
21
Tue
Black Box Presents: M(H)AOL + Gender Chores + Heart Shaped
Jun 21 @ 8:00 pm

We are delighted to present Dublin’s finest no nonsense post-punk outfit M(h)aol. Currently based between Dublin, London and Bristol, M(h)aol (pronounced “male”) are formed of Róisín Nic Ghearailt, Constance Keane, Jamie Hyland, Zoe Greenway and Sean Nolan. Self proclaimed supporters of ‘Feminism. Animal welfare. Chipper chips’, the band aim to rattle the male dominated post-punk scene with their urgent, gritty sounds. Their singles ‘Laundries’, ‘Asking For It’ & ‘Gender Studies’ are perfect instigators for this pursuit, the latter praised by Gigwise as ‘A vital piece of feminist work, set to staggeringly good punk noise’.

Support comes from Belfast riot-punkers Gender Chores, who are Sam, Sophie and AJ. The music is informed and noisy and assertive. Their domain is the north of Ireland where bigotry and intolerance exist in the highest political offices. Gender Chores attack those failings with rage and wit; their live shows were keen moments of punk spirit and alternative thinking.

Before that, Heart Shaped kicks the night off. Wearing influences on her sleeve from Big Star to Cocteau Twins, Heart Shaped is the dreamy pop project of Belfast-based songwriter Kendall Bousquet. Following on from the 2020 EP Second Hand, which gained critical praise with international radio play from KEXP to the BBC and a feature on the front page of Bandcamp, new single No Contact finds the Texas native meditating on ambivalent love over a fuzzed-out soundscape of shimmering melodies. Together with surf inflected B-Side Version of You, the two tracks form a snapshot of a maturing songwriter hitting her stride, unafraid to mix a catchy pop sensibility with introspection and catharsis.

Come down for M(h)aol’s biggest Belfast show yet. Doors 8pm / tickets £10.

“The Dublin post-punk outfit are pushing forward in this fight for justice and deserve to be heard, their message ringing out loud and clear; “Was I asking for it? / No!” – So Young Magazine

“The urgency of M(h)aol’s message threatens to become a violent maelstrom of heightened pace and pitch. This isn’t pop music – it’s power and politics.” – Louder Than War

“M(h)aol encapsulate more of the authentic, vital radicalism at the core of punk than many post-punk outfits, and they’re fully here to show the posers how it’s done right” – London In Stereo

Jul
9
Sat
First Light – Single Launch
Jul 9 @ 8:00 pm

 

*****   Please note – this event has been rescheduled from 8th April 2022 *****

First Light is a singer-songwriter duo featuring songwriters Claudia Clendinning & Luke McCloskey. With the release of their debut single, they are due to play their maiden concert exclusively at the Black Box. With their immersive sound & soulful melodies, First Light expertly showcases their songwriting craft.

With their finely crafted original songs, delivered with Claudia’s masterful vocals, the band will be performing with an extended lineup along with support from special guests on the night.

 

DOORS 19:30 START 20:00

Contact us

The Black Box & Green Room Café
18-22 Hill Street | Belfast | BT1 2LA

Tel: +44 (0) 2890 244400

Registered Charity No: NIC100983

Supported by

Belfast City Council ACNI & Lotto John Hewitt Department for Communities Film Hub NI BFI Cinema Children In Need