We continue our Belfast Uncovered series this week with Charlotte Dryden the CEO of the Oh Yeah Music Centre. Charlotte has been involved in music from an early age and in May 2007, The Oh Yeah arrived in the Cathedral Quarter with a massive open day which welcomed hundreds of music lovers and featured a world-class line-up of performances, including a set by the Centre’s co-founder and champion, Gary Lightbody. Belfast was awarded the prestigious Unesco City of Music Award in 2021. Charlotte explains on the programme -
“We kind of do everything from talent development through to community engagement and inspiring young people through music, to showcasing the best of Belfast through either Women’s Work or the Sound of Belfast festival or NI Music Prize through to tourism and celebrating the story and the heritage of music from here.” The Oh Yeah houses the incredible NI Music Exhibition on its ground floor, which features timelines and artefacts telling the stories of artists from Ruby Murray to Van Morrison to Gary Moore to the Good Vibrations record label. The building itself was already a piece of music history, as it was home to Billy McBurney’s Outlet Records prior to being reborn as the Oh Yeah. To learn more about The Oh Yeah Centre and how you can support or get involved with its work, visit ohyeahbelfast.com or follow them on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.