Dive into the features you want to see

Abortion alcohol alcohol free america Art artist spotlight awards beer Belfast best best looking Best New Music booze Brexit British Cannabis cbd Cheese chocolate Christmas climate change closure Coffee collaboration College Green Comedy cooking counter culture counterculture Cover Story Covid Culture DC Films Derelict Ireland Direct Provision Drink drug Drugs Dublin Dublin City Council Dublin International Film Festival easter Entertainment Environment equality Fashion feature feminism Festival Film First Listen Food gaeilge Gaming General News gift gifts Gigs Graphic Design guinness harm reduction Harry Styles healthcare Heaters Heatwave heist Hennessy Homelessness Housing HSE ice cream Identity instagram Interview introduction to ireland Irish Irish coffee Irish News irishmade justice Justice League Kanye West launch Leonardo DiCaprio LGBTQ+ List Lists Literature Living Hell Lockdown Index Made by District Made in Ireland magdalene laundries meme Mental Health menu merch metoo Michelin mural Music narolane new menu New Music News nightclub nom non-binary nphet One of everything Openers opening openings Opinion Pairing pancakes Photography Pints Podcasts Politics pop up pop ups potatoes Premiere presents Pride queer Ray Fisher reservations Restaurants restrictions rugby Science Shebeen Shite Talk shitetalk signature dish Skateboarding small batch Social Media soup Space Subset sustainability tacos Taxis Technology Television The Big Grill theatre Thumbstopper tiktok To Be Irish Top 10 Tracks Top Ten Tracks Traffic Trans rights Transport Travellers trends TV Ukraine Ultimate Food Guide vegan Visual Art vodka Weed where to eat whiskey wine Women's rights Workman's youtube
Music / March 31, 2021

AVA Festival reveals 2021 lineup

Music / March 31, 2021

AVA Festival reveals 2021 lineup

Words: Dylan Murphy

KiNK, FJAAK, Kojaque, Gemma Dunleavy and more make up the Belfast festival’s most eclectic lineup to date.

AVA returns to Boucher Playing Fields 24 – 25 September 2021. Giving a platform to the best talent the island has to offer alongside some heavy hitting international slots.

Alongside its usual programme of art installations the likes of FJAAK, KiNK, Helena Hauff, Jayda G, Calibre, Carista, Optimo, Or:la, Hammer, Sunil Sharpe, Saoirse and plenty more are heading up north for a weekend of music.

Having largely featured electronic music since its inception the festival has invited a slew of forward-facing hip hop and RnB talent from across Ireland for its most eclectic lineup to date.

Belfast rapper Leo Miyagee will join Dublin’s Kojaque, Chamomile Records singer Aby Coulibaly, meanwhile, Kadi Tatham will provide live percussion. Also featuring is Gemma Dunleavy who is heading to the festival hot off the back of a Choice Prize nomination for her stellar garage-influenced Up De Flats EP.

The multi-stage open air site will have a distinctive set up merging industrial design with music, and visual electronic artists including Algorithm, Visual Spectrum and Kevin Gartland.
Beyond the dancefloor, AVA will once again deliver a full programme of art installations and music/art/culture, chill spaces, local food traders, a new cocktail bar experience plus much more.

Festival Director & Founder, Sarah McBriar said: “We are thrilled to announce our return to Belfast at the end of September after one of the most challenging years the industry and society has ever faced. We aim AVA over the coming years, and September’s event is a very special taste of what is to come. The blank canvas at Boucher Road Playing Fields offers us exciting and endless opportunities. We have been working on the new site design for some time, incorporating the elements we believe will showcase the artists in the best way and make this year’s AVA experience unique.  The breadth of local and international artists in the line-up is testament to the successes and growth of previous years. We are proud to bring AVA to one of the best crowds in the world”.

Full festival weekend passes can be bought online at £85, or day tickets at £45. Click here to purchase tickets.

Elsewhere on District: We spoke to Denise Chaila on her influences, winning the Choice Prize and developing her sound.