In Pictures: AVA Festival 2017

Earlier in June, Belfast played host to one of Europe’s most energetic festivals, AVA. Only in its third year, this party at the T13 Titanic Docks – an impressive warehouse space near the city’s Titanic Wharf overshadowed by a giant yellow crane – brought with it an atmosphere uncommon at major UK festivals. A crowd of 4,500 locals and visitors sent T13 into a frenzy from early afternoon to the closing sets.

There were a number of presentations, panels and workshops on Friday from the likes of Jeff Mills, Leftfield’s Neil Barnes, Native Instruments, Moxie, and R&S Records’ Renaat Vandepapeliere – who spoke on the history and future of the label.

Friday evening and Saturday featured a breath of distinguished talent sourced locally and from further afield, including the likes of Bicep, Ejeca, Ben UFO, Fatima Yamaha, and Jeff Mills and Guillaume Marmin’s awe-inspiring performance, Close Encounters Of The Fourth Kind. Some of house and techno’s best-rising DJs also played – including Denis Sulta, Hammer, and Or:la, who played one of the weekend’s standout sets at a packed Boiler Room stage in the late afternoon sun.

Here’s what one of Europe’s most exciting new festivals looked like:


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Grant Jones

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Tremiane Gregg


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Luke Joyce


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More info on AVA Festival available on their website.