First announcements for AVA Conference 2018 speakers include Larry Heard, Bicep and KiNK

Details of the conference portion of this year’s AVA Festival in Belfast have been announced. With the performances taking place at a new venue across the city at S13, The MAC (Metropolitan Arts Centre) has been chosen as the setting that will host this years’ round of talks, workshops and networking opportunities.

Previous years have seen contributions from such luminaries as Jeff Mills, Juan Atkins, Leftfield’s Neil Barnes, Renaat Vandepapeliere, Adam Smith, and Psychatron.

In keeping with the high standard established, June will feature a keynote address and Q&A with legendary Chicago house figure Larry Heard (aka Mr. Fingers); a chat with AVA mainstays Bicep, who will reflect on what has been a whirlwind 12 months; and Bulgarian DJ, producer, and remixer extraordinaire, KiNK.

As before, there will also feature drop-in panels, tech workshops, a record fair, and many more attractions. Full participatory engagement is encouraged, with emphasis on the importance of networking to up-and-coming and existing producers and DJs.

Tickets for the weekend and free conference (which will take place at The MAC on Friday, 1st June) sign-ups are available here

About the Author

Mark has been in love with electronic music since hearing Jean Michel Jarre's "Oxegene" at an early age. He has been DJing for over 15 years and has played all over his hometown, Lurgan. He also obtained a degree in Music Technology from Belfast's prestigious Queen's University. Has an (as yet) unfulfilled ambition make a pilgrimage to Chicago, the birthplace of house.