Festival Guide


The time is almost upon us.

We’re so thrilled to welcome you all to our 2022 edition of AVA Festival. Once again we’ve pulled together a mega line-up of homegrown talent combined with solid international heavyweights from the electronic music world and beyond. 

This year we return to our spiritual home in Titanic Quarter. We’ve got a new and improved open-air, multi-stage festival against the backdrop of the Belfast docklands. 

Please read this guide carefully for some recommendations on how to prepare for and navigate around the festival. 

The music starts at 1pm each day, full set times inside. See you on Friday!


Download our all-new Woov festival app via woov.to/ava22 to personalise your timetable, chat with your friends & get custom alerts so you never miss a set.


AVA Belfast 2022 will take place on Friday 3 & Saturday 4 June at Titanic Slipways, Belfast.

The festival will open each day at 13:00 and close at 23:00. 

Last entry to the festival is advised by 6pm.

There will be a strict no re-entry policy.


This is an 18+ event. You will need one of the following to be permitted entry to the festival:

  •  A photo driving licence
  •  Valid Passport

Please note we are unable to accept ANY other form of ID, so please ensure you have these in good time, prior to the festival.


Titanic Slipways is accessible by foot, taxi and public transport via train/bus with regular services running from Belfast City Centre.

We strongly advise arriving on foot or via public transport, as there is likely to be significant traffic disruption around the festival site.


This year we have introduced a reusable cup scheme and we’re excited to see the positive impact that this will have on reducing the volume of waste we produce as an event.

1. Buy your drink (you will be charged £1 for your first cup*)

2. Enjoy your drink

3. Exchange your cup – when getting your next drink, please bring your cup back to avoid £1 charge. No Cup = £1 charge

4. Don’t take your cup home. Please help us be sustainable. Bring your cup back to the bar or leave at one of the cup bins at the exit.

*£1 charge goes towards the cup scheme and our environmental goals. Non-Refundable



  • Your Ticket
  • I.D.
  • Money (Cards / Cash)
  • Medical Info
  • Rain Coat
  • Sun Cream
  • Suitable Footwear
  • Pre-paid bus ticket to Belfast city centre (£3, available from the merch stand) 


  • No Alcohol
  • Glass of any kind
  • Fireworks, flares or high-power torches
  • No Illegal or controlled substances (including psychoactive substances) 
  • Nitrous oxide
  • Dogs or pets are not permitted on site with the exception of assistance dogs
  • Drones / sky lanterns
  • Portable laser equipment and pens
  • Selfie sticks
  • Spray cans / marker pens
  • Professional film / videoing equipment
  • Megaphones / airhorns
  • High-Vis tabards or jackets
  • Any items which may reasonably be considered for use as a weapon
  • No large bags, only small bags permitted



If you’re arriving by coach, local train station, shuttle, or you are being dropped off at Titanic Slipways the route to the entry gates is approx 200m. Please note, the peak ingress hours which are 12pm until 5pm on Friday 3rd and 12pm until 5pm on Saturday 4th June.

Should you require help with your bags, we’ll have a team of volunteers on hand to help between the car park and entry gates.

Once you have passed the entry gates, you will be immediately inside the festival site. This year our site is a hardstanding site and will be completely level throughout.


All interior festival venues are fully wheelchair accessible. The festival showcase is at Titanic Slipways with the entire public area situated on a single level or with only very slight elevations. We will have an accessibility viewing platform and adequate accessibility WCs throughout the site.

Our accessibility liaison and volunteers will be on hand at each venue to support anyone with a disability at the festival should they need any assistance.


Approximately 95% of the festival site is on open flat ground.


Strobe lighting will be used during artists’ performances at the festival. Due to the nature of this, prior notice will not be given before use.


If at any point you feel overwhelmed or that you need a safe space, head to the Welfare Tent where the team will be able to help you. We also have a welfare team onsite who you can find around the festival site (in yellow and green uniform). Their primary role is to ensure the well-being of all AVA attendees so if you see one and need some assistance, simply approach them as they’re there to help you.



The Sunflower Public House
Iconic pub with beer garden surrounded by street art. Serving up local craft beers and wood-fired pizza.

Ulster Sports Club
A former dive bar given a new lease of life as a retro leftfield music venue.

Inventive boozy cocktails and hearty american style street food.

Bittles Bar
Every wall is covered with whiskey and portraits of Belfast’s prominent historical figures. Best Guinness in Belfast.


Belfast Wood Fired Pizza Company
Handmade and authentic woodfired pizzas. 

A delicious taste of Mexico on the Lisburn Road; a fresh and classic menu with their own style.

Al Pastor
Mexican inspired street food in the heart of Belfast’s Cathedral Quarter offering tacos, elotes, and charred corn.

St. George’s Market
Weekend market with fresh food from local vendors and handmade craft trinkets.

Out of this world tapas & wine.

Colourful flavours of Asia with a unique Irish twist. Fresh vibrant food & classic cocktails.

Morning Martha
Boozy brunch in the heart of East Belfast.


Speciality single origin coffee. Scandinavia-inspired minimalist decor.

The Pocket
Serving high quality fresh food, great coffee in a chilled atmosphere.


Titanic Belfast
A world-leading visitor attraction tells the story of RMS Titanic, from her conception to sinking in the early 1900s.

Black Taxi Tour
Tour of Belfast interface areas, peace walls and world-famous murals.

Ulster Museum and Palm House
Located in Belfast’s Botanic Gardens in the heart of the Queen’s Quarter. Featuring art, archeology, botany, fashion and more!

AVA Mix Series: Dart

Jordan Rafferty is a Dublin native and AVA Emerging Producer alumni. We’ve been pleased as punch to see him go from strength to strength since he snatched the crown back in 2018. You may know him as DART (Dublin Area Rapid Trax) a play on the city’s commuter transit system.

In the early days of his Hanger residency he rubbed shoulders with some of Ireland’s most riotous acts, including Kettama, Tommy Holohan and Shampain. Since then he’s seen a string or releases on Shall Not Fade, Hot Flush and even a six track EP on Hammer’s Remmah imprint.

We sat down with the man himself ahead of his return to AVA Belfast, where in just two weeks he’ll step up for another shot at the Boiler Room stage in front of our second to none, Belfast crowd.


You’ve come a long way since winning our Emerging Producer Programme back in 2018, tell us about your journey
It’s been pretty mental, other than almost 2 years of it being put on hold due to covid lol. I can’t complain though as I’ve been very lucky to be supported by so many amazing people and promoters – AVA being a big one. Playing clubs like Subby & Warehouse Project were only a dream to me before I won the Emerging Producer Programme. Those dreams have now all become reality.

Could you tell us a bit about your production process?
Melodies tend to come easy to me, so I usually start by writing some chords. I’m a sucker for emotional pads and breakdowns. Bass lines and counter melodies come next, with drums being added last. I tend to never spend longer than around an hour on a project and then it’s onto the next one. When I dwell on something I get too frustrated and start to hate the project.

Any favourite moments from AVA’s gone by?
So many, but I think my favourite is from last year’s festival. Watching my good pal Hammer close the mainstage was a special moment. It was many people’s first festival off the back of lockdowns and there was just a sense of happiness buzzing around. 

What were some of your earliest musical influences? Any guilty pleasures?
As far as I can remember I’ve been listening to stuff like hip hop & punk rock. I still do every day. When I was around 12 years old I started to collect electronic music records, mainly a mixture of trance/house/techno. My parents actually handed me down all of their records too! Everything from CJ Bolland to Chicane. 

If you could collaborate with any artist living or dead, who would it be?
I’m going to say two here because they’re both very different. Whitearmour & Title Fight!

It’s recently been announced that the clubs can open until 6am in the South, what do you think that means for the scene down there?
I don’t think that’s been confirmed yet? Although there have been promising signs that it will happen – mainly down to the huge effort by Give Us The Night. It’ll be welcomed with open arms by everyone involved in the night time industry but I’m sure there’ll be many learning curves too. There aren’t many clubs down here that will adapt to the 6am closing immediately in my opinion. The one thing I do know is that it’ll benefit everyone in the future and help the development of culture in the south.

How are you feeling about your return to Boiler Room at AVA this year?
I’m buzzing! It feels like this moment has been coming since 2018. You’d think there wouldn’t be much pressure as it’s my second time on Boiler Room, but this one is even more important to me as it’s at AVA – where it all began.

What was your approach to this mix?
I always approach every mix/set with high energy and this one was no different. Expect a load of trancey goodness along with some unreleased stuff thrown in there.


  1. Maruwa – Mindstab
  2. DJ Life – Hexed 
  3. Java – Cosmos (C Mix)
  4. Technotronic – I Want You By My Side (Hysteria Club Mix)
  5. Sally C – Downtown
  6. brandi – Late Nite Check Out (D.Tiff & Byron’s Mix)
  7. Exit EEE – Epidemic 
  8. S.U.N Project – Computer Breath
  9. Dinge Queen In The Mist – Take Me Alive 
  10. DJ Flavours – Your Caress
  11. DART – Unreleased 

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