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Calendar

May
21
Sat
SOLD OUT – Kate Bush Night with Baby Bushka
May 21 @ 7:30 pm

THIS SHOW IS NOW SOLD OUT. TICKETS ARE STILL AVAILABLE FOR NIGHT TWO ON THE FOLLOWING NIGHT! 

The music and magic of Kate Bush reaches far and wide across the seas and skies to San Diego, California where eight women gather to create the “wonderfully bewitching” Baby Bushka.

With great respect and wide eyes, this powerhouse troupe delivers “other-worldly versions” of your favourite songs “from the ethereal to the bombastic and back again”. Filled with four-part harmonies and epic choreographed dancing, Baby Bushka is a wonder you have to experience to believe.

Doors 7:30pm Show 8pm

This is a standing show with limited, unreserved seating.

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

May
29
Sun
BLAME – A musical journey into a modern-day addiction
May 29 @ 6:30 pm

Northern Lights Project in partnership with RCC Letterkenny presents

BLAME: A musical journey into a modern day addiction

Music and visuals by

Emma Smith and Phil Hague

Why do we always need to blame someone when things go wrong? We have been doing it since the dawn of time, but why? What even is blame?

After a year of watching politicians scapegoating entire communities (immigrants) or setting people up to take the fall for future problems (COVID-19), and considering the role of blame in justice and forgiveness, double bass player Emma Smith and percussionist Phil Hague use music and visuals to explore this modern addiction.

Ghouls On Film Presents A Page of Madness (1926)- Live Score
May 29 @ 7:00 pm

In this very special screening event, we have the absolute pleasure of showing Teinosuke Kinugasa’s silent, avant-garde masterpiece, A Page Of Madness (1926), with a unique live score curated by Aoife Wolf, featuring musical accompaniment from Phil Quinn and Cameron Clarke.

A Page Of Madness follows an elderly caretaker on his journey towards reconnecting with his wife, a patient at the asylum where he works. Kinugasa’s use of editing and cinematography work to reflect the emotional unfurling of the patients depicted in the film, using experimental techniques unrivaled at the time of the film’s production.

This heritage silent film would have originally been accompanied by benshi narration, providing insight into the context of the film, and exploring the characters’ emotions through voicing. In lieu of this traditional style of oral storytelling, an original live score has been curated to reflect and respond to the images on screen.

 

Aoife Wolf is a psych-folk singer-songwriter from the midlands of Ireland, now living in Belfast. Drawing influence from the songwriting of Kate Bush, Elizabeth Fraser and Pj Harvey, Aoife’s haunting vocals accented by off-kilter guitar embellishments make for an arresting live performance which has brought her to play in venues all around Ireland including support slots for Joshua Burnside and Junior Brother.

Her debut single “I and the Ocean” produced by Julie McLarnon (Lankum, Junior Brother, The Vaselines,) was released on Analogue Catalogue Records in March 2020, accompanied by a music video collaboration with Myles O’Reilly(The Staves, Lisa O’Neill, Glen Hansard).

Phil Quinn has been bothering music venue attendees since 2004.

A multi-instrumentalist best known for such bands and projects as Girls Names, Gross Net and Charles Hurts, they’re currently a member of Grave Goods and perform live with Aoife Wolf.

Phil has previously contributed a live score to the “Low Rise” section of “High Rise/Low Rise” in the 2020 Belfast Film Festival and has also contributed work/performed in the Northern Irish Mental Health Arts Festival in 2020 as well as both Catalyst Art’s “Catalyst Audio Tracks” in 2018 and “Claw, Craw and the Devil” in 2016.

Cameron Clarke is an audio/ visual artist from Belfast, whose work revolves around a playful interaction with the urban environment. His creative process revolves around field recordings and manipulating sound in landscapes.

After completing a Masters in Creative Arts Practice at Newcastle University Cameron has gone on to exhibit work in the Belfast Imagine festival and the Middlesbrough festival of Sonic art.

Ghouls on Film is a monthly feminist horror film club, showing films that challenge the representations of women within the genre. Expect cult classics, independent releases and rare lesser-known films that explore how women can find agency in the world of horror.

Supported by Film Hub NI, part of the BFI Film Audience Network, awarding funds from National Lottery.

Jun
3
Fri
Women’s Work 22 Presents: Sister Ghost live show + Zine Launch @The Green Room
Jun 3 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
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
11
Sat
Gig In Your Garden comes to The Black Box
Jun 11 @ 7:00 pm

DOORS 7PM- START 8PM

 

Their gigs in the gardens of key and frontline workers throughout the pandemic brought joy to thousands and widespread acclaim. Now the guitarists duo bring their exhilarating show to the Black Box.

Ben Bruant and Will Cashel are duo – playing ‘songs you know in ways you probably don’t’ in a style fusing flamenco, pop and classical music.

They met and formed duo in 2011 while studying at the Royal Academy of Music in London. Together the band has recorded five albums and two EPs and performed to audiences including British and European royalty and at Liverpool Philharmonic, BBC Good Food Festival, G-Live, Folk on the Dock, Goodwood and the F1 Grand Prix. Their music is featured regularly on Scala Radio and recently made its debut on BBC Radio 2.

When lockdown began in March 2020, duo began live streaming gigs which evolved into free weekly performances in the gardens of nominated key and frontline workers to thank them for their amazing work during the pandemic. These ‘Gigs In Your Garden’ became a huge hit and were featured on BBC Breakfast, Sky News, Jeremy Vine on 5 and in The Times, Mail on Sunday and Evening Standard.

‘Gig In Your Garden’ the album, inspired by the music played at these events, was released on Demon Records in February 2021. The gigs continued weekly until July 2021 – reaching 70 in total – and are taking place monthly from now on.

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)

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