Red Bull Music x AVA Festival

Red Bull Music is proud to announce their involvement once again in AVA, Audio Visual Arts Festival & Conference, Belfast.

AVA celebrates, amplifies and develops the strong current of electronic music and digital visual arts, key tenets that are integral to Red Bull Music.

Since it launched in 2015, AVA has continued to strive to develop, sustain and progress the strong undercurrent of electronic music in Northern and Southern Ireland. The festival has grown year on year, with a core goal to provide a creative platform and learning space for electronic music & art. Red Bull Music has partnered with AVA to bring you a Red Bull Music Academy Lecture, 2 days of amazing music from the Red Bull Music Stage and the Red Bull Music Installation initiative to boot.

Taking place at The Mac, Belfast on Friday, 31 May, RBMA bring you a very special look at the phenomenon that is Horse Meat Disco. Since its inception six years ago in a Soho basement, Horse Meat Disco has billed itself as "the queer party for everyone." HMD's reach and appeal now extends far beyond the the London scene, making it ‘the most important disco club night in the world’ (Resident Advisor) It is their appearances at festivals, spinning the finest, most outrageous disco-belters to heaving crowds of enthusiastic fans that has extended HMD’s reach and made them pioneers in the disco revival scene.

Horse Meat Disco will join Red Bull Music Academy’s Christine Kakaire on stage to discuss all things HMD, disco, music, festivals and much much more. Hear their take in what is certain to be a fascinating free flow conversation before they take to the Red Bull Music Stage later that night at 8pm on Friday 31 May.

RED BULL MUSIC STAGE - Friday 31 May –1 June
Once again, Red Bull Music bring you an incredible line up featuring some of the best talent on their stage at AVA this year. Friday will see performances from PEAR, CAIT and INSIDE MOVES. Expect synth-heavy beats from RBMA alumni and label founders TIMMY STEWART and JMX, plus serious dancefloor hits from Berlin producer and DJ PALMS TRAX. HORSE MEAT DISCO will be bringing a bag full of no-holds-barred disco tunes. Headlining the night is the one and only THE BLACK MADONNA.

A sublime technician behind the decks, The Black Madonna is known for fluent and dynamic vinyl sets, which span from disco to techno. Of her philosophy she said, “Dance music needs riot grrrls. Dance music needs Patti Smith. Dance music does not need more of the status quo.”

With an equally stellar line up on Saturday, check out DAIRE, NOAH and HIGH HOOPS. One of the most sought-after DJs of this decade and founder of one of the most important labels in UK dance music BEN UFO joins the bill. With serious releases under her belt, Derry born OR:LA has been making waves with her love of jungle, techno and old-school dubstep - and rightly so.

RBMA alumni COURTESY is the Danish DJ putting Copenhagen’s techno scene on the map. Birmingham-via-Berlin's techno stalwart REBEKAH is one of the most in-demand DJs and producers out there. Finally, headlining Saturday night is the awesome RANDOMER. With a brilliant back catalogue which reads like a who’s who of techno, a brace of EPs, and a reputation as one of the UK’s finest DJs, this is one set you don’t want to miss.

As with 2018, Red Bull Music have again partnered with AVA Festival to give an artist (or collective) the budget and opportunity to create an installation at this year’s festival. The installation brief outlined that the art should be impactful, use light and/or AV in some form and create a lasting impression on both the festival, and the attendees. The winning piece will feature as a part of the Red Bull Music staging this year and will be announced in the coming weeks.

The Red Bull Music x AVA Festival & Conference runs from 31 May – 01 June at various venues. For more information and remaining tickets go to

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