Outburst Festival-Queertopia presents: Power Cut!
Nov 17 @ 9:30 pm

Queertopia presents: Power Cut!
Black Box
Saturday 17th Nov 10pm Doors 9.30pm
£7 / more if less if

til late 18+

It is the year 2049; across the globe the queer revolution changed the landscape of the future from dull into FABULOUS!
Except for one place; one tiny little speck on the rainbow planet… Northern Ireland.
Still in political deadlock, without a government for decades, the future is grimmer than ever for. We join Dick and Cnt as they gear up for a night of covert queer frivolity before – the power cuts! With no Grindr or Facebook to keep them occupied, they must entertain … THEMSELVES! With the help of special guest visitors to their adorable queer living room (conveniently located RIGHT ON THE BLACK BOX STAGE), these queer heroes go through a night of discovery, sexual awakening, intrigue and tickling of the political vacuum, with one final twist that will see the queer future of Northern Ireland change … forever!

Join Gemma Hutton and Electra La Cnt for a performance party to see off Outburst 2018.

Followed by closing party til late with DJ Kate Brennan Harding
(Today FM, Pride, Mother Club and more recently with cabaret & disco collective Fat Puppy at Electric Picnic.)
Expect queer clubbing of old, where everyone joins together in a hot sweaty sexy happy mess!

‘Selected tickets will have a standard ticket price which is recommended. There will be an option to pay MORE IF you can pay a bit extra to help those people pay LESS IF they don’t have it. Pay what you can at the door for LESS IF option- first come first serve with this option.’

Idris Ackamoor & The Pyramids
Nov 25 @ 7:00 pm

Idris Ackamoor, a veteran of Cecil Taylor’s Black Music Ensemble, is one of those cosmic jazz warriors who, like Pharoah Sanders and Marshall Allen, simply never stopped.

In 2016, the inspirational Ackamoor reformed his ‘70s Afro-jazz outfit The Pyramids to release the acclaimed album We Be All Africans on Strut. In the time of Kamasi Washington, Shabaka Hutchings and Esperanza Spalding et al, Ackamoor’s music once again feels very vital.

The Pyramids’ signature sound combines spiritual jazz with a heavy dose of Frafra music from Northern Ghana, a result of an extended 1972 tour on the continent that included a visit to the Ghanaian town of Bolgatanga. Some 45 years after that initial connection, the Pyramids collaborated with Kologo star Guy One for a uniquely Afrofuturist single “Tinoge Ya Ta’a Ba.”

Between these new black Atlantic collaborations and the buzz around We Be All Africans, it’s arguable that Ackamoor’s star has never shone brighter than right now.

“a post-be-bop Prince” NEW YORK TIMES

“This follow – up is nothing less than extraordinary…pure astral tripping.” MOJO

“Expansive, danceable body and soul music that simultaneously channels Tony Allen and Sun Ra while retaining their unique signature sound.” THE CRACK MAGAZINE

Dec 1 @ 2:00 pm


Tour starts from Cotton Court, Waring Street (opposite Merchant Hotel)

Ever since Belfast became a bustling port in the 1600s the area we know as the Cathedral Quarter has been the beating heart of our cultural life.

On this walking tour you’ll discover the richness of the area’s culture from Sculpture and Religion to Punk and Graffiti as well as the People and Rebellion that conspired to make Belfast’s Cathedral Quarter one of the top destinations in the world.

Led by a professional guide.

To book tickets select the ‘Tickets’ button at the top of the event or click on the link below;


Contact [email protected] for more information.

Manukahunney Soul night
Dec 1 @ 9:00 pm

The Manukahunney Soul night out is back!!. Its been a while since we have had the foot stomping music this band brings, so its time to put on your dancing shoes because you are in for a soul filled treat as the band brings their sassy interpretations of soul musics finest moments to get everyone funky shuffling on the dance floor. Capturing the essence of what soul music is all about, this cracking soul band plays upbeat soul funk and Motown, renowned for lifting the spirits the way soul music should. This is the only Manukahunney soul night out this year so it is one not to be missed. A great way to kick off the December party season. Early booking recommended.

Christmas with The Swingtime Starlets
Dec 3 @ 8:00 pm

Festive Hits with a Swingtime Twist!

Back by popular demand to the Black Box after their sold out performance last year, it’s time once more to enjoy the musical magic of a close-harmony Christmas with The Swingtime Starlets!

So deck the Dance Halls and don your Glad Rags as The Swingtime Starlets transport you through the eras with their swingin’ celebration of timeless classics and festive favourites!

Have you been tasked with organising the Christmas work-do this year? Or the annual pre-Christmas night out with family or friends? Well look no further – you’re guaranteed a Cool Yule and a Swell Noël, as you Jitterbug to Jingle Bells for a night of festive fun! Forget Santa Claus… The Swingtime Starlets are back in town !

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 Members!
🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟AMAZING… You will not regret getting tickets. You will be singing and dancing your way home!
🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟Amazing! Such great singers, perfect to put you in the Christmas mood!
🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟Best live music in ages!
🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟Honestly the best show I’ve ever seen. Why are they not bigger? The Swingtime Starlets… Watch this space!
🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟Amazing show! The girls are unbelievable singers! Must see!!

Dec 7 @ 8:00 pm

With their critically acclaimed new LP ‘Music Confounds The Machines’ garnering high praise from BBC Radio Scotland’s Ricky Ross and BBC Radio Ulster’s Ralph McLean, Villiers and The Villains continue their upward spiral with raw and raucous gigs at Electric Picnic, The American Bar, Stendhal Festival, Hilden Beer Fest, Open House and Crumlin Road Gaol. Old school rhythm, rock ‘n’ blues akin to The Band and Bob Dylan with a hint of Little Feat and The Stones, these villains are proving they are ones to watch out for. Catch them live!!
PHOTO CREDIT: Blink-Box Photography
“Dylan and The Band in The Big Pink basement, after a couple of bottles of red”
R2 Magazine


“You want your support to be good…but not this good!”
Mark Kermode, BBC & Dodge Brother


“…frantic, dirty blues sounds of the 60’s Reeperbahn. Other more tender moments drip with an ‘Astral Weeks’ like sweet cherry wine”
Folk & Tumble

“Ten out of ten for ripping it up”
Acoustic Magazine


“Vague echoes of Blind Boy Fuller”
Blues In Britain

“I’m lovin’ this album”
Big Boy Bloater, The Blues Magazine, Teamrock Radio

“All the attributes of a modern day folk music hero”
Fatea, David Dee Moore

“Superb song writing rooted in a great tradition.”
Ralph McLean, BBC Radio Ulster

Dec 8 @ 8:00 pm


Touch Sensitive is a Belfast-based record label that has beaten an ad-hoc, pan-genre path with it’s new and archival releases.

With that in mind, Touch Sensitive’s Green Room residency will take in anything from new-age drifting to rudimentary post-punk electronics to dayglo odd-house boppers and loads more.

Music for supping, head-nodding, and maybe even gently cutting a rug too.


Maria Doyle Kennedy
Dec 12 @ 8:00 pm

Maria Doyle Kennedy
The Black Box
Wednesday 12th Dec
Doors 8pm
Tickets at £14.50 (£12 for Black Box Members)


Maria Doyle Kennedy is an acclaimed singer and actor. She has spent 5 years wandering the globe with her family preparing songs for the new album and performing constantly as well as filming cult TV show Orphan Black. Her last album was released in October on her own label Mermaid Records.

Maria collaborated with Feist & Jarvis Cocker on a video for the song *Century* from Feist’s new album. The project was a crazy mash-up of Westside story and Thriller and featured Maria & Feist as dance-off gang leaders….

In May 2014 Maria featured on the Paul Noonan album *Printer Clips* with Joan As Policewoman and Martha Wainwright amongst others.

Recent acting credits include *Orphan Black*, *The Conjuring 2* and *Sing Street*.

Maria’s previous album *Sing* released in 2012 featured duets with Damien Rice, Paul Brady and John Prine. Ireland’s Leading music mag Hot Press described Sing as *Maria’s Masterpiece*.

Maria writes and performs with husband Kieran Kennedy and along with the new album “Maria Doyle Kennedy” they have also completed their first short film *A Different Kind Of Day* written and directed by Maria, produced and scored by Kieran.

Maria Doyle Kennedy one of Ireland’s most gifted and versatile female artists and has forged a name and held her own in diverse arenas from film and TV to her career as a singer-songwriter. She has spent the best part of 20 years performing live all over the world to audiences ranging from the many thousands who have enjoyed her show at festivals including Glastonbury, Oxegen, Cambridge Folk Festival, and recently TradFest in Dublin to the more intimate theatre concerts.

Christmas with Emma Reynolds Music
Dec 16 @ 2:00 pm

Christmas with Emma Reynolds Music’ is the perfect way to get into the festive spirit by enjoying an afternoon of beautiful music which includes songs from various musical genres including Christmas favourites. Emma Reynolds is an accomplished soloist who provides a range of music from operatic/classical, contemporary, religious, jazz/blues and folk to create a unique and memorable atmosphere for your special day or corporate event. Emma would like to invite you to hear her sing some favourite and well loved songs. ‘Emma Reynolds Music’ is a ‘WorldHost’, a ‘Visit Belfast’ business and a ‘Highly Commended Winner’ of the ‘Craigavon Business Awards 2014’ in the ‘Tourism & Hospitality’ category.

“I was delighted to come across the beautiful voice of ‘Emma Reynolds’ and I was very pleased that she agreed to record two of my original songs. Emma was so easy to work with and very professional. Her captivating voice was the perfect choice for my songs. I hope to have the opportunity to work with Emma again and I would highly recommend Emma for your special event or project. Wishing you all the best.”

Added by Malcolm Cumming

“Can’t recommend Emma highly enough! So professional and helpful from the minute we started planning our wedding music right up to the ceremony itself! Emma is extremely talented and the vocal was outstanding! Many guests commented on the beautiful music and she made our wedding ceremony so special…thanks again Emma!!”

Added by Ashleigh Bradley

“Music was always going to be an important part of our wedding ceremony. So, we did a lot of research and speaking to friends and other newlyweds before making any decisions. But when we heard Emma Reynolds, she was a clear first choice. Her voice is truly beautiful – she moved me to tears more than once! Emma was lovely to work with as well. Not only is she immensely talented but she’s super organised too! Emma knew exactly what we needed for our ceremony and was only too happy to suggest song choices when we were in doubt or to learn a new piece specifically for our wedding. Her operatic pieces are truly divine but the richness of her voice brings a new perspective and quality to some of the more modern pieces that she sang at our wedding – like Birdy’s Wings. Working with Emma was easily one of the best wedding choices we made. I know there are hundreds of things you need to decide upon before the big day, but I can happily say choosing Emma to sing at your wedding is an easy one! Thank you, Emma, for making our day so beautiful! ”

Added by Meabh and Dylan Banks


Ulster Youth Jazz Orchestra
Dec 17 @ 7:30 pm

Ulster Youth Jazz Orchestra
Monday 17 December 2018 £7 pay at door
The Ulster Youth Jazz Orchestra was formed in 1993 after a series of workshops held at the Crescent Arts Centre by Ken Jordan. The 2018 Ulster Youth Jazz Orchestra is made up of some of the best young musicians in Northern Ireland and this present ensemble is one of the best incarnations of the orchestra. We will be presenting mostly new repertoire at this concert which varies from Duke Ellington to Stevie Wonder. Don’t Miss It!

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 Black Bush BFI Cinema SurveyApp