Los Dramáticos
Nov 21 @ 9:00 pm

Los Dramáticos invite you on a musical voyage around the Spanish-speaking world. Our sound is a mix of flamenco guitar, the charango – a 10-string from the high Andes – and vocal harmonies with which we interpret well-known songs and melodies from both sides of the Atlantic. If you like joyful melodies, hot beats and tragic lyrics join us in the Green Room on Saturday for some passionate Latin grooves. Dancers welcome!

A Night Of Appreciation For Women In The Arts
Nov 23 @ 8:00 pm


A Night Of Appreciation For Women In The Arts raising money for Women’s Aid Lisburn.

Hosted by Sasha Fierce and Second Nature.

With support from;
Carl ConnieLingus
Alanna Flynn
Twirl Fit Pole and Aerial Studio
DJ Renzo Rose

With special guest;
Dr. Ava Brown

Paddy Godfrey
Nov 28 @ 7:30 pm

Paddy Godfrey is solo country, folk and blues musician from Belfast, Northern Ireland. Drawing inspiration from people like Johnny Cash, Waylon and more.

Manukahunney Great Soul Night Out
Nov 30 @ 8:30 pm

The Manukahunney Big band is back to their Belfast, Black Box home of soul for some more of their infectious authentic high energy live performance. This is an all out ,dance your socks off night from beginning to end. With their musical interpretations of some of the worlds most iconic and perhaps lesser know soul and funk artists you will be compelled as always to put on those dancing shoes and dance all night long!! Supported by Manukahunney’s very own super cool Soul Dj – Dj Dee, who will as always get those soul juices flowing with his unique soul and northern soul DJ set before and after the live show. Northern Ireland doesn’t have live soul nights like this too often, and as such these Manukahunney nights tend to sell out, so this gig from Northern Irelands very own super talented Manukahunney Soul band is not one to miss. Those who attend are in for real a Manukahunney sweet treat. Early booking recommended. TICKETS £15 (plus online booking fee)

PLEASE NOTE – Seating is limited on the night to 1st come 1st served. The floor space on these Manukahunney nights is prioritsed for dancing.

Úna Keane << In the Deep >> Tour
Dec 1 @ 8:00 pm

Dublin-based composer & multi-media artist Úna Keane releases her new Album << In the Deep >> at the end of November and is excited to bring her particular brand of neo-classical minimalism to the Black Box’s Green Room with a full Light show on Sunday 1st December.

Building on her 2017 Piano Solo LP “As I Wake, Still I Dream” (**** The Irish Times), this new work expands to include Electronics, Soundscapes and an old Typewriter. Looping and layering piano, spoken word & field recordings means that every performance is unique and creates a level of intimacy between performer and audience.

Úna recently scored award-winning Belfast-born Actor / Director Michael Smiley’s debut short “La Petite Mort”. The short was subsequently chosen for Official Selection at the 31st Galway International Film Fleadh. A classically trained pianist with a background in Tech, she mines deep. Inspired by the likes of Max Richter, Laurie Anderson and Arvo Pärt, as well as the pioneering work of the Lumière Brothers & the woodcut prints of Albrecht Dürer, her work lives and breathes in a unique, multidisciplinary space.

See www.unakeane.com for more details, and for ticket sales

“Consistently beautiful” – The Irish Times
“Go see / hear her strange, soothing genius” – Michael Smiley
“A testament to the wonderful mysteries of sound” – John Kelly
“Lingers even after the final note is struck” – The Sunday Times

Trad sessions
Dec 2 @ 5:00 pm

Toe-tapping trad with Belfast trio Fánaid and friends.

Phelim Drew & Band: A Celebration of Ronnie Drew, The Dubliners & Friends
Dec 5 @ 8:00 pm

Phelim Drew, celebrated actor and son of The Dubliners’ Ronnie Drew, brings his fabulous Songs & Stories show to Belfast.

He’ll be joined by his superb band on this intimate journey through The Dubliners songs, other tunes close to Ronnie’s heart and his own memories of growing up in a home surrounded by music.

In the ten years since Ronnie passed away, Phelim has come to enjoy listening back over his musical legacy and the wealth of material has reawakened not only a sense of pride but also appreciation.

Putting his own twist on the collection made famous by one of Ireland’s most beloved raconteurs, this promises to be a very special night indeed.

Soda Blonde
Dec 6 @ 7:00 pm

Friday 6th December 2019

Doors: 7PM

Tickets £16.00 inclusive of booking fee, available from Ticketmaster.ie and outlets Nationwide

Exploding onto the Irish music scene this year, Soda Blonde have today announced a headline show at Black Box, Belfast, 6th December 2019. Tickets are now available from Ticketmaster.ie and outlets Nationwide, costing £16.00 inclusive of booking fee. They will also perform in Dublin on 15th December 2019 in Whelans,
Soda Blonde is the new alt-pop musical venture of Dublin artists Faye O’Rourke, Adam O’Regan, Donagh Seaver O’Leary and Dylan Lynch. Emerging from the ashes of internationally acclaimed Little Green Cars. The band have quickly built up a loyal fanbase who embrace the new sound, seamlessly weaving together influences from Fleetwood Mac, Little Dragon and Kate Bush. The result – enticing and dreamy alt-pop.
The new collection of songs were written by lead singer Faye O’Rourke throughout her early 20s, where she honed in on her unique lyrical style of gritty kitchen-sink realism, evoking the tragic beauty of Karen Carpenter and the pop sensibilities of Annie Lennox. Throughout their repertoire, O’Rourke’s powerful and hauntingly unique vocal marries hard-hitting, atmospheric grooves to birth a new wave of pop that is both emotionally provoking and deeply satisfying.

The band hit the ground running with the release of debut single ‘Swimming Through The Night’ – an ambitious track which establishes their authority within the genre and marks a promising future. The single is not only a triumphant anthem, it also showcases the stunning artistic talent of the collective who self-produced all aspects of their work including visual concepts.

Guitarist Adam O’Regan directed the video for the track, explains: “‘Swimming Through The Night’ was filmed over the course of three nights. We had no budget, but through the immense talent, effort and love of some close friends we’ve created a video that we are very proud to share with you. We were inspired by the works of Jean Cocteau, Hayao Miyazaki and Stanley Kubrick in finding the story’s visual language. We invite you, the viewer, to draw your own interpretation of its meaning.”

The Irish quartet have carved a distinct identity for themselves without compromising the musical integrity and charm that saw their previous project skyrocket to success. With a collection of brand-new music waiting in the proverbial wings and an array of live shows expected throughout 2019 and 2020, the future looks bright for Soda Blonde.

Strange Victory Presents HOT SNAKES
Dec 7 @ 8:00 pm

Strange Victory Presents

Saturday 7th December 2019
Black Box Belfast
Tickets £15 + booking via TICKETWEB.IE
Doors 8pm

Swami John Reis (Rocket From The Crypt main man) and Rick Froberg have been making noises together since high school. In 1986 it was the post-hardcore chime of Pitchfork. In 1991 it was the sprawling, multi-faceted arrangements of Drive Like Jehu. In 1999 it was the lean, mean swagger of Hot Snakes. Reis and Froberg are responsible for some of the most turbulent rock and roll of their, or any, generation.

Hot Snakes streamlined Jehu’s complex compositions and emerged as bona fide downstroke warlords. They made 3 studio albums of high-velocity, slash-your-face, piss-punk: 2000’s Automatic Midnight, 2002’s Suicide Invoice and 2004’s Audit in Progress. The band ceased activity in 2005 but reunited for a triumphant world tour in 2011, planting the seeds for what has cum.

Now, after a 14-year hiatus from the studio, Hot Snakes have kicked down the door back into our lives with their new album, Jericho Sirens, out now on Sub Pop.

Musically, the album incorporates the most extreme fringes of the Hot Snakes sound (the vein-bulging, 78-second “Why Don’t It Sink In?” the manic, Asian Blues on speed of “Having Another?”), while staying true to longstanding influences such as the Wipers, Dead Moon, Michael Jackson, and Suicide on propulsive tracks such as “Six Wave Hold-Down,” one of the first songs written for the project during a Mummer Parade 2017 session in Philadelphia. Other moments like the choruses of “Jericho Sirens” and “Psychoactive” nod to Status Quo and AC/DC with Froberg admitting, “I still flip bird and ride my BMX on top of cop cars.”

Jericho Sirens was recorded in short bursts over the past year, mostly in San Diego and Philadelphia with longtime bassist Gar Wood, Jason Kourkounis and Mario Rubalcaba, both of whom drummed on prior Hot Snakes releases but never on the same one. For Reis, reactivating his creative partnership with Froberg was one of the most rewarding aspects of the process: “Our perspectives are similar. Our tastes are similar. He is my family. And what more is there to say? My favorite part of making this record was hearing him find his voice and direction for this record. I came hard.”

In tandem with a full back catalog reissue series and the new album, Hot Snakes will return to the road in 2019 to incinerate the villages, and they’re already looking ahead to more music. Says Gar Wood, “There’re already 2 more records written and recorded. We wanted to come out with this one using the more mainstream sounding stuff to give people a chance to catch up.”

Dec 12 @ 7:00 pm
Skull @ The Green Room

Escape the relentless agora in a night of recorded music and live drawing. DJs Jeff Doherty and Stuart Watson develop an aural envelope each evening, whilst illustrator Duncan Ross strives to capture the consciousness of the moment through the inky medium of illustration. Adventurous clientèle may submit suggestions to Ross for realisation on the eve or, if feeling particularly exploratory, can contribute with the fruits of their own ductus (materials provided).

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