The Oh Yeah Music Centre is part of a national initiative launched by Music Venue Trust to prevent the closure of hundreds of independent music venues.
Oh Yeah is Belfast’s dedicated music hub - a resource for music makers, fans, audiences, community and the business of music. It was constituted in 2007 in the belief that music is a valuable agent in Northern Ireland, a catalyst that changes lives for the better.
The Oh Yeah mission statement is ‘Open Doors To Music’. We have a small but dedicated team that deliver a varied and impactful programme of work that includes music heritage and tourism, youth, community and older people outreach, talent development, family events, showcasing, festival and event programming.
We are a not for profit and charitable organisation and we also rely on income we generate through the venue, box office, bar and room hire.
Our venue is the beating heart of the centre and it is now closed. We are heartbroken but looking forward to getting back when the time is right.
On May 5th it will be 13 years since we launched our first open day back in 2007. At that stage we hadn’t even signed the lease, but we were surrounded by good people, by an extended rock and roll family. The sense of mission was powerful and the community help was hugely uplifting.
We needed every bit of that juice in 2008 when the recession crashed in. We bounced from success to pending catastrophe. Always there was some extra, emotional reserve or a new friend, arriving with a smile and a genius fix. And then everyone was rewarded with amazing music, with talent on the rise and good people blooming with potential. Oh Yeah has surpassed all of those early dreams.
It’s a dedicated music centre for Belfast and the doors routinely spring open to make stuff achievable. The pandemic has hindered that great purpose, but Oh Yeah is digging deep once more, massing up the resilience and calling on the reserves of respect and gratitude.
With your help donations will be used to support our plans to invest in alternative ways to support local music until the venue can open again.
Grassroots venues are the incubators of new talent, they breathe life into our towns and cities and we are proud to stand alongside this amazing community.
If we hit our target everything above the amount we need will be donated to the Music Venue Trust GMV Crisis Fund to protect other venues just like ours across the campaign.
The music community are some of the best people we have ever met or worked with. We look forward to seeing you all again soon.
Thank you from all the team at Oh Yeah.