Ireland’s pioneering electronic music conference returns

AVA (Audio Visual Arts) Festival and Conference has rapidly become an unmissable highlight in the UK & European festival calendar, taking pride of place as a cultural pioneer in its home country of Northern Ireland and now beyond. Following on from last year’s first full AVA Weekender, the festival gears up for it’s biggest outing yet.

Marking it’s fourth edition, AVA 2018 starts on Friday June 1st 2018 with Ireland’s leading electronic music conference, followed by an unmissable two day festival in their new dystopian warehouse home.

True to form, cutting edge international heavyweights join grassroots talent in a former B&Q warehouse, now known at S13 Warehouse, in the heart of the city. For 2018, three stages become four, with a new addition making its debut. Plus, Boiler Room return to take their legendary AVA stage partnership to the next level, by upping the broadcast to a two-day live stream. AVA’s Boiler Room stage is a true festival highlight and legendary annual event in the dance music world, from Space Dimension Controller’s Ayla drop to monumental sets from each and every selector last year. Belfast’s inimitable crowd and fun loving spirit has long captivated global audiences, both at AVA Festival and those further afield, desperate to chime in on the action.

With weekend tickets available now from just £50, plus a deposit scheme starting at just £25, don’t sleep on your chance to join one of the brightest, forward-thinking underground festivals that the UK has to offer. For those who want to piece in on the action, it’s a no brainer.

S13 Belfast, a recently revived warehouse space, the transformation of South Belfast’s B&Q into is a testament to the city’s growing DIY culture, nurturing innovation. Putting Belfast on the global cultural map, the move to S13 is a nod to the city’s creative spirit and penchant for off the cuff parties. S13 is a multipurpose creative space, curated by Square Pit, the team behind T13 Belfast, AVA’s former home, since 2015. Located at the heart of Belfast, the former B&Q Warehouse, S13 will undergo an immense transformation.

Just a 10 minutes by car from Belfast City Airport (LDN > BEL approx 1hr30), the venue location is ideal for overseas visitors. With regular bus services running directly to S13 Belfast from the city centre, it’s easily accessible for local and regional visitors, too. With festival tickets from just £50 and flights from £40 via, the whole price of AVA can work out cheaper than a UK day festival for those that act fast – there’s a plethora of hotels, apartments and Airbnb options to suit any group size and budgets. The historical city of Belfast has a thriving creative community, and is fast being labelled a mecca for electronic music heads the world over – AVA is the ideal chance to experience this for yourself.

As well as all of this, there’s much more in store for AVA 2018. Keep your eyes peeled for further details. For flights, travel and accommodation, please head to:

1st to 2nd June 2018 || S13, Belfast

AVA Festival and Conference 2018 Earlybird Tickets start from £50:
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