Out to Lunch presents LUCY PORTER - PASS IT ON
Sunday 13 January, 8.00pm, Black Box Belfast
A brand new stand-up show from the TV favourite Lucy Porter. As seen on QI, Room 101, Live at the Apollo. As heard on Radio 4s News Quiz and The Now Show.
Always warm, witty and thought-provoking, this is Lucy’s best show yet. She muses on what we receive from our ancestors and what we pass on to future generations. Lucy’s inherited dodgy knees and global warming from her parents, but can she leave a better legacy for her children?
Doors 7.45pm | Unreserved Seating
OUT TO LUNCH PRESENTS LONDON AFROBEAT ORCHESTRA PERFORMING TALKING HEADS Black Box Belfast, Friday 4 January, 8.00pm
Combining the finest West African musicians on the planet with one of the most critically acclaimed bands of the 20th Century, the London Astrobeat Orchestra will bring their unique interpretation of the music of Talking Heads to Out to Lunch.
London Astrobeat Orchestra have become renowned for their uplifting performances of songs from the iconic Talking Heads movie, Stop Making Sense.
Focusing on cult classic albums Remain in Light and Speaking in Tongues, London Astrobeat Orchestra are a funky, rhythmic, and earth-shatteringly tight live band.
Considering the afrobeat vibes that run through all the best Talking Heads albums, it makes total sense that this collective from West Africa, Europe and beyond should offer this unique, razor sharp take on the finest of Mr David Byrne & Co’s timeless compositions. We couldn’t be more excited for this Friday night OTL special.
Doors 8.00pm | Limited Unreserved Seating
OUT TO LUNCH PRESENTS THE DODGE BROTHERS. Black Box, Belfast Saturday 12 January, 2.00pm & 8.00pm
Afternoon tickets £10.00
Evening tickets £12.00 / £10.00 ”These guys play with dust in their Levis and the road their hearts”. We are delighted to host The Dodge Brothers performing songs from their long-awaited new album Drive Train and bringing their exuberant hybrid of country blues, rockabilly, jugband and skiffle back to Out to Lunch.
You will be one of the first to hear this long-awaited new album, coming 5 years since The Sun Set and described as “wonderful stuff” by Radio 2 presenter Bob Harris.
Firmly rooted in these traditions The Dodge Brothers bring to them a freshness that has feet stomping and hands clapping from California to Cropredy, from the Mississippi to the New Forest. Their songs feature vocal virtuosity and heartfelt harmonies underpinned by joyous guitars, thumping double bass and rattlin’ snare and washboard.
The Dodge Brothers features Mike Hammond (lead guitar, lead vocals, banjo), Mark Kermode (bass, harmonica, vocals), Aly Hirji (rhythm guitar, mandolin, vocals) and Alex Hammond (washboard, snare drum, percussion). Their music has an authentically American tang – lead guitarist/vocalist Mike Hammond was raised in Alabama and his youthful musical travels took him all over the southern and western USA – but with a strong British perspective from Culture Show presenter and film critic Mark Kermode.
Afternoon Doors 1.45pm | Limited Unreserved Seating
Evening Doors 7:45pm | Limited Unreserved Seating
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OUT TO LUNCH PRESENTS RUDEBOY SCREENING PLUS DON LETTS DJ SET. Black Box Belfast, Friday 11 January, 7.30pm
A film about the love affair between Jamaican and British youth culture told through the prism of one of the most iconic labels in the history of black music, Trojan Records.
Combining archive footage, interview and drama, Rudeboy tells the story of the label by placing it at the heart of a cultural revolution that unfolded in the council estates and dancefloors of late 60s and early 70s Britain, as immigration and innovation transformed popular music and culture.
A cast of legendary artists including Lee “Scratch” Perry, Toots Hibbert, Ken Boothe, Neville Staple, Marcia Griffiths, Dave Barker, Dandy Livingstone, Lloyd Coxsone, Pauline Black, Derrick Morgan and more bring the sounds, stars and stories to life.
Don Letts’ reputation has been firmly established in both the film and music world by a substantial body of work from the late 70's through the 80's, 90’s and well into the millennium.
From DJing at The Roxy to filming promos for The Clash and Public Image Limited, Don is credited with bringing punk and reggae audiences together for the first time.
Renowned for his Reggae DJ sets and much loved weekly BBC 6Music Radio show, Don was the founder member of Big Audio Dynamite. His film direction credits include Clash on Broadway, Punk in London and Westway to the World (The Story of The Clash). Don currently presents a weekly radio show on BBC 6 Music called Culture Clash Radio and still DJs nationally and internationally.
Doors 7.15pm | Unreserved Seating
WHAT JUST HAPPENED? We’ve finally had time to draw a breath after the whirlwind of 150 events across 20-odd venues. And in what has become something of a tradition over the years, we now proudly announce the #CQAF18
roll of honour, and feverishly hope in our post-fest state we haven’t left anybody out!
Thanks go to SO many, but let’s start with Kathy Young, the glue that joins the 100s of moving festival parts together and keeps the whole darn thing ticking (mostly) merrily along!
Big shout out to Black Box soundman Barry Hollywood, he brought the noise and the noise brought the best out in him. Love also to John McGurgan and the crack sound and lighting crew at the festival marquee this year.
Cheers to all our venue managers, including the remarkable Lauren McKenna and Romy, Caroline, John McCart and anyone else who represented on the CQAF front lines.
Speaking of which, we’d be NOTHING without our volunteers - their passion, dedication and sense of fun is second to none, and we’re completely proud of our lot - and my god didn’t they rock the pink this year?
Awe for the indefatigable Louise McElvanna who despite being 7 months pregnant ran the Festival Marquee with the poise, skill and agility of somebody only 7 days pregnant. When Louise needed the odd night off, her super soul-sister Patricia Murray filled in with the seamless ease of somebody who does seamless ease for a living.
Big shout outs to our great team of photographers Bernie, Gerry and Chris, and our very own cinematic auteur Will McConnell.
Lots of love to Pedro, Bob, Ricky and everyone at the fabulous Sunflower Pub and our festival marquee bar. And how can we forget to embarrass the Black Box team with a huge public display of affection? Without them, the Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival wouldn’t quite be the Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival. Props to Clodagh and Phil for knocking out a show-stopper of a CQAF Instagram takeover.
Thanks to the artists and performers without whom the cathedral quarter arts festival would be just a fancy pants without any substance. They were a particularly fabulous bunch this year, as were you, the audience!