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Dec
4
Sat
Queertopia!
Dec 4 @ 8:00 pm

This event will be unreserved seating..All ticket holders will be required to complete a COVID Status Check on arrival at the venue.

Ticketholders will need to provide ONE of the following;-

Proof of full vaccination – both doses received (A full 14 days must have passed since the final dose of COVID-19 vaccine was received)
Proof of a negative NHS Lateral Flow Test taken no more than 24 hours prior to attending the event
Proof of natural immunity antibodies based on a positive NHS PCR test result for COVID-19, lasting for 180 days after the date of the positive test and following completion of the self-isolation period

Covid Status Check conditions of entry full details- https://www.blackboxbelfast.com/covid-19/

 

 

 

Doors at 8pm
Show at 9pm
£12 normal price
£8 student/discount price.

Queertopia are back back back again!

 

Queertopia are back back back again!
Same fab Queer filth …New acts, tricks, costumes,  craic and tunes to fill your boots with!
Featuring some of our faves like Greedy Mx Edie, Anthony Ferguson, Vicky Allen and new to our stage acts to be revealed…
And ofcourse a long hard overdue dose of your mum and daddy…Dick & Cunt.
Bring your mates and leave melters at home. This is gonna be an old skool Queer fest.
Dec
5
Sun
Back Track
Dec 5 @ 4:00 pm

This event will be standing with some limited seating. All ticket holders will be required to complete a COVID Status Check on arrival at the venue.

Ticketholders will need to provide ONE of the following;-

Proof of full vaccination – both doses received (A full 14 days must have passed since the final dose of COVID-19 vaccine was received)
Proof of a negative NHS Lateral Flow Test taken no more than 24 hours prior to attending the event
Proof of natural immunity antibodies based on a positive NHS PCR test result for COVID-19, lasting for 180 days after the date of the positive test and following completion of the self-isolation period

Covid Status Check conditions of entry full details- https://www.blackboxbelfast.com/covid-19/

18+ show

 

 

After a two year break, the Back Track Soul Crew are back!! We will be back in the Black Box, Hill Street (Cathedral Quarter), Belfast on Sunday 5th December, 4.00pm to 9.30pm. We will be offering the usual sounds made up of classic Soul, Funk and rare Groove records. See you there!

Dec
11
Sat
Dani Larkin
Dec 11 @ 7:30 pm

Ireland’s most exciting new alt-folk artist Dani Larkin released her debut album Notes For A Maiden Warrior on June 18th 2021. The long-awaited debut album, containing a collection of 10 tracks including reimagined album versions of popular tracks such as ‘Samson & Goliath’, ‘Bloodthirsty’ and ‘The Mother Within’ and was one of the most exciting contemporary folk albums this year.

An end of year headline Irish tour, taking in Limerick, Galway, Dundalk, West Cork, Cork, and Dublin, and of course Belfast, was announced, and Dani has undertaken a run of shows in England to precede that.

Invites to support the likes of Snow Patrol and Glen Hansard have followed, along with several summer festival appearances, and a short-listing of the album for the NI Music Prize – taking place at Belfast’s Ulster Hall, and to be broadcast by BBCNI, where Dani has also been invited to perform

The album is centred around the concept of lessons on how to be a warrior, how to create change in this world by learning from stories of old and from other realms, and how to navigate life – love, death, suffering, pain, strength and kindness. It is not intended to be instructional; it is as a set of notes in song form.

Recorded in Halfbap Studios, Belfast and co-produced by George Sloan this debut album Notes for A Maiden Warrior formally cements Dani Larkin’s arrival onto the folk scene, and establishes herself as a contemporary folk artist to take notice of.

The album is being self-released digitally as well as physically on vinyl. Available directly from Dani Larkin’s website www.danilarkin.com.

Powerfully arresting sound’ Ruth Smith, RTÉ Radio One

‘Steadily emerging as a rising star on the Irish contemporary and alt folk scene’ – Irish Times

‘Wowing audiences with virtuoso guitar playing and highly individualistic self- penned songs’. Songlines Magazine

‘A multi-instrumentalist with a remarkable knack for eking out sublime, burrowing melodies evocative of Irish traditional music.’
The Thin Air

‘One of the finest songwriters of our times’
Sean Kelly, Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival

 

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Dec
12
Sun
MERCH MARKET
Dec 12 @ 1:00 pm – 6:00 pm

 

 

STALL HOLDERS:

 

smallmint confidently wander the border between alternative rock and Americana. The band began releasing music in 2020 with their debut single ‘New Year’ and released their richly set debut album ‘where we all end up in the end’ in October of this year, showcasing the patient song-crafting of the band.’

We’ll be selling copies of the album on CD and cassette tape, as well as photo & lyric books and branded caps

https://linktr.ee/smallmint

Joshua Burnside Bio

 

Northern Irish musician Joshua Burnside has established himself as one of the country’s finest talents. Combining influences from the world over, be it the flair of Columbia, rumble of Asia, shadow of Eastern Europe or the Irish/Scottish roots, his debut album ‘EPHRATA’ was awarded the Northern Ireland Music Prize for ‘Best Album’ in 2017. Written whilst living in northern Colombia, the songs deal with a diverse range of themes from PTSD and technophobia, to larger questions about time, love and death in the modern age. Stumbling beats, found sounds, vocoders, Colombian rhythms, electric guitar loops, devils, lightning and dark matter are just a handful of the various flavours to expect. 

 

In his critically acclaimed sophomore album ‘Into The Depths of Hell’, Burnside explores post-punk and electronic recording methods to push the boundaries of his beloved folk music and make a sound unique to the 21st century, one that echoes the uncertainty and humanity of the times.

 

 

Merch 

 

In The Half-light – CD

Into The Depths of Hell – Vinyl & CD

Ephrata – CD

Wear Bluebells in Your Hat If You’re Goin’ That Way – Vinyl

T-Shirts

 

New Pagans are a rock band based in Belfast, Northern Ireland. They have released their critically acclaimed debut album The Seed, The Vessel, The Roots and All, via Big Scary Monsters. Throughout their debut album, New Pagans use their creative influence to challenge past and present issues surrounding relationships, equality, history, and gender, all wrapped up in their alternative, post-punk, indie rock style.

Photo: Aaron Cunningham

 

Andrew Farmer, otherwise known as FRMR, is a songwriter and poet from Desertmartin,

Northern Ireland. Formerly performing with folk troupe Sons of Caliber, he has supported artists such as
Nathaniel Rateliff, The Staves & Gemma Hayes. Throughout his career he has played many of NI’s best local venues and beloved festivals including Glasgowbury,
Open House and Stendhal. Andrew’s latest project FRMR merges both song and spoken word in his debut record titled Amelanchier. A post folk murmuration that idles along
electronic borders, his work weaves old with new in a distinct and elegiac way. A paean to the natural world, Amelanchier is a record filled with memories and invocations of growing up on the land.

Dig With It magazine is made in Belfast. It celebrates the music, the writers, the players and seditious talent. It admires punk rock, poetry, high art, street politics and creative noise. The magazine title is a homage to Seamus Heaney and we use the squat pen with intent. This is a chance to buy the back issues of the magazine, subscription vouchers and discounts on bundle deals.
Also on sale, music books by Dig With It Editor Stuart Bailie: Trouble Songs and 75 Van Songs.

 

Bluestack Records is an independent record label based in Donegal. They have been quietly releasing music from some of Ireland’s finest musicians for the best part of a decade. Alumni include Ambience Affair, The Casanova Wave, Winter Aid, The Plainest Truth, Pearse McGloughlin & Nocturnes and most recently, FRMR. bluestackrecords.com

Minm is a new music streaming site for local independent artists that pays fairly and transparently

The Skallions will be attending the black box merch market with a range of t shirts and copies of their 12″ vinyl of their debut album “Skallion Battalion”. They will also have a host of information on upcoming Skallion events and future releases. So come on down and have a chat with your local ska hallions.

SOLD OUT-The Unholy Gospel Band
Dec 12 @ 1:30 pm

doors 13:30 start 14:00

This event will be unreserved seating. All ticket holders will be required to complete a COVID Status Check on arrival at the venue.

Ticketholders will need to provide ONE of the following;-

Proof of full vaccination – both doses received (A full 14 days must have passed since the final dose of COVID-19 vaccine was received)
Proof of a negative NHS Lateral Flow Test taken no more than 24 hours prior to attending the event
Proof of natural immunity antibodies based on a positive NHS PCR test result for COVID-19, lasting for 180 days after the date of the positive test and following completion of the self-isolation period

Covid Status Check conditions of entry full details- https://www.blackboxbelfast.com/covid-19/

A first in Northern Ireland; authentic American gospel music delivered live and straight from the soul via Northern Ireland’s very first (unholy) gospel band. Featuring songs by Mahalia Jackson, the staple singers, James Brown and much more The Unholy Gospel Band, as the name suggests “ain’t holy but the music is gospel”.

The band is comprised of five local musicians of the highest pedigree. Cormac Neeson, from Newcastle County Down, has spent the last ten years touring the world with his band The Answer selling over a quarter of a million records in the process and squeezing an AC/DC world tour into the equation for good measure. Michael Mormecha, who drums for the band also fronts the high flying Mojo Fury, as well as being an established producer and song writer. Claire McCartney, on keyboards and vocals fronts her band VOKXEN and recently sold out their EP launch gig in Belfast. Donal Scullion, on vocals and lead guitar is one of Northern Ireland’s most accomplished singer songwriters and players. Eamon Hanlon just happens to be the greatest Bass session player this side of the Himalayas; hailing from Downpatrick County Down this dude knows how to get down indeed.

A night of original songs and stories
Dec 12 @ 7:00 pm
Dec
15
Wed
Dreaming in Denial + guests Live at Black Box
Dec 15 @ 6:30 pm

This event will be STANDING with some unreserved seating. All ticket holders will be required to complete a COVID Status Check on arrival at the venue.

Ticketholders will need to provide ONE of the following;-

Proof of full vaccination – both doses received (A full 14 days must have passed since the final dose of COVID-19 vaccine was received)
Proof of a negative NHS Lateral Flow Test taken no more than 24 hours prior to attending the event
Proof of natural immunity antibodies based on a positive NHS PCR test result for COVID-19, lasting for 180 days after the date of the positive test and following completion of the self-isolation period

Covid Status Check conditions of entry full detais- https://www.blackboxbelfast.com/covid-19/

18+SHOW

 

 

 

This is a self-promoted event, by original bands/artists all hailing from Northern Ireland to bring their unique sound to a Belfast audience.

Formed in 2018, Dreaming in Denial are an up-and-coming alternative rock band from Newry, Northern Ireland. Consisting of members Odhran ‘OOK’ O’Kane, Ferghal ‘Früg’ Hughes and James ‘Jimothy’ Smyth, the band’s first two releases ‘Serpent’ and ‘Don’t Let Me Go Under’ gained lots of momentum in the local music scene. Their debut album, ‘i felt a funeral, in my brain’, is releasing May 11th and is sure to be a great continuation of their work to date.

Newry based singer and songwriter Jessica James began writing and gigging professionally at just 13, drawing inspiration from primarily alternative female artists including Phoebe Bridgers, Fiona Apple and Kate Bush, and has been compared with the likes of Amy Winehouse and Billie Eilish. Jessica was a finalist in the Irish Youth Music Awards representing Newry in 2018, a semi finalist at Soloist Ireland 2018, a finalist at Volume Control’s Clash of the New Breeds 2019 and has performed at The Sunflower Fest 2018, The Dalraida Festival 2019 and at the Oh Yeah Music Centre. She once even sang for Prince Harry and Megan Markle! Early demos of Jessica’s work have been featured on the John Toal show BBC Radio Ulster, BBC Introducing – Across the Line and Q Radio. At the age of just 12 fate intervened to bring Jessica in contact with Danny O’Donoghue, lead singer of The Script, outside a hotel bar while The Script were headlining Tennent’s Vital in 2015. They spoke and Jessica told Danny of her dream to be a famous musician when she grew up, to which Danny replied “keep writing and playing and believe in yourself and you’ll get there one day”. Words that have rung in Jessica’s ears every day since as she continues to forge a path in the world of music.

Belfast’s very own The Continentals are bringing their signature flavour of indie rock to kick things off with a bang.

 

18+ show

Dec
18
Sat
Carlton Doom, This Ship Argo + HY:LY
Dec 18 @ 8:30 pm

This event will be standing with limited seating. All ticket holders will be required to complete a COVID Status Check on arrival at the venue.

Ticketholders will need to provide ONE of the following;-

Proof of full vaccination – both doses received (A full 14 days must have passed since the final dose of COVID-19 vaccine was received)
Proof of a negative NHS Lateral Flow Test taken no more than 24 hours prior to attending the event
Proof of natural immunity antibodies based on a positive NHS PCR test result for COVID-19, lasting for 180 days after the date of the positive test and following completion of the self-isolation period

Covid Status Check conditions of entry full details- https://www.blackboxbelfast.com/covid-19/

18+ show

A late night of live sets spanning the breadth of electronic Belfast. A seasoned name in garage and breaks, the illustrious Carlton Doom joins us fresh off the back of his EP release, ‘Binmen, Machines, Insects & More’ earlier this year – a slick-but-gritty work of audacious breakbeat timed perfectly for the return of dancefloors. He’s backed by fast-rising name in drum and bass, HY:LY, and producer of ethereal, ambient soundscapes, This Ship Argo.

Dec
19
Sun
SOLD OUT-The Unholy Gospel Band
Dec 19 @ 1:30 pm

doors 13:30 start 14:00

This event will be unreserved seating. All ticket holders will be required to complete a COVID Status Check on arrival at the venue.

Ticketholders will need to provide ONE of the following;-

Proof of full vaccination – both doses received (A full 14 days must have passed since the final dose of COVID-19 vaccine was received)
Proof of a negative NHS Lateral Flow Test taken no more than 24 hours prior to attending the event
Proof of natural immunity antibodies based on a positive NHS PCR test result for COVID-19, lasting for 180 days after the date of the positive test and following completion of the self-isolation period

Covid Status Check conditions of entry full details- https://www.blackboxbelfast.com/covid-19/

A first in Northern Ireland; authentic American gospel music delivered live and straight from the soul via Northern Ireland’s very first (unholy) gospel band. Featuring songs by Mahalia Jackson, the staple singers, James Brown and much more The Unholy Gospel Band, as the name suggests “ain’t holy but the music is gospel”.

The band is comprised of five local musicians of the highest pedigree. Cormac Neeson, from Newcastle County Down, has spent the last ten years touring the world with his band The Answer selling over a quarter of a million records in the process and squeezing an AC/DC world tour into the equation for good measure. Michael Mormecha, who drums for the band also fronts the high flying Mojo Fury, as well as being an established producer and song writer. Claire McCartney, on keyboards and vocals fronts her band VOKXEN and recently sold out their EP launch gig in Belfast. Donal Scullion, on vocals and lead guitar is one of Northern Ireland’s most accomplished singer songwriters and players. Eamon Hanlon just happens to be the greatest Bass session player this side of the Himalayas; hailing from Downpatrick County Down this dude knows how to get down indeed.

Dec
20
Mon
Christmas with The Swingtime Starlets
Dec 20 @ 7:30 pm

All ticket holders will be required to complete a COVID Status Check on arrival at the venue.

Ticketholders will need to provide ONE of the following;-

Proof of full vaccination – both doses received (A full 14 days must have passed since the final dose of COVID-19 vaccine was received)
Proof of a negative NHS Lateral Flow Test taken no more than 24 hours prior to attending the event
Proof of natural immunity antibodies based on a positive NHS PCR test result for COVID-19, lasting for 180 days after the date of the positive test and following completion of the self-isolation period

Covid Status Check conditions of entry full details- https://www.blackboxbelfast.com/covid-19/

 

Doors 19:00 Starts 19:30

 

Festive Hits with a Swingtime Twist!

 

Back by popular demand to the Black Box after many sold out performances across the country, The Swingtime Starlets are more excited than ever to spread the musical magic of a close-harmony Christmas!

Having sadly been unable to perform their traditional Christmas show last year, they are back with a bang and delighted to be singing live once more with their Andrews Sisters-inspired celebration of timeless classics and crowd-pleasing festive hits – all with their trademark Swingtime twist!!

It’s the perfect occasion to Don your Glad Rags, Deck the (dance!) Halls and Jingle Bell Rock your way to the Black Box with friends and family for what will promise to be a Merry and Bright, Christmas Cracker of a night!

It is the Most Wonderful Time of the Year after all, so why not have a Holly Jolly Christmas the Swingtime way!

‘They whoop up a storm as they sing in close harmony the songs from the 40s and 50s in the style of the famous Andrews Sisters…Their show is pure vintage in every way.’
The Irish News

‘Great Christmas cabaret show [email protected] tonight in Belfast City centre. The harmonies & vocals were sublime. I now feel Christmassy!’
X-factor finalist Rhydian [email protected]

‘That is Fabulous, loved it! Love it, love it, love it!’
Gerry Kelly on BBC Radio Ulster

 

Audience Feedback:

🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟Amazing from start to finish. Harmonies were just perfect. The closest replica of The Andrews Sisters that we’ve ever heard. These girls are a breath of fresh air…unbelievable talent. They would certainly add class and quailty to any occasion!
🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟Had an absolutely brilliant night at the Black Box, these girls are amazing, talented & funny!
🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟Great harmonies! Their hair, costumes and choreography, as well as their energy, made for a wonderful performance! Boy, can they belt. Had a ball!
🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 OMG had an absolutely amazing night with these girls. Authenticity was world class and atmosphere unbelievable.

🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟What a group! Three amazingly talented performers oozing star appeal. Beautiful harmonies and a real warm genuine bond between them which is so engaging. Brilliant night of entertainment and will definitely be booking them again!

🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟AMAZING… You will not regret getting tickets. You will be singing and dancing your way home!

🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟Best live music in ages!

🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟Honestly the best show I’ve ever seen. Why are they not bigger? The Swingtime Starlets… Watch this space!

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