Belfast 2023

"AVA is one of the world's most exciting music festivals"


– MIXMAG

“What began as an intimate festival in a small warehouse embodying the city’s iconic shipbuilding aesthetic has evolved into hosting ten thousand guests per day and a lineup that’s increased in diversity of sound over the past six years. No longer content with competing for the title of best festival in Ireland, AVA have their sights firmly fixated on rivaling similar events throughout Europe.”

– Resident Advisor

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“If there’s one takeaway from AVA, it’s the sheer spirit of the artists and the crowd, and the sense of joy and hope it brought to everyone involved in the festival - from the bar staff to the headline acts. It was two days of smiles, laughter and positivity, and a feeling in the air that Northern Ireland is gearing up for its full return to the dancefloor. Belfast, eh? Welcome back.”

– DJ Mag

INFORMATION

ARRIVAL INFO

The nearest train station to Titanic Slipways is Titanic Quarter. The G2 and 94 bus routes run regularly from Belfast City Centre to the Titanic Quarter. Both are a 10 minute walk from the entrance gates.

TRANSPORT

Titanic Slipways is accessible by car, foot, taxi and public transport via bus and rail with regular services running from Belfast City Centre. If travelling from the republic of Ireland please check official transport routes: IrishRail, Translink, Aircoach, Dublin Coach.

The number G2 bus runs every 30mins from Wellington Place in Belfast City Centre to Thompson Dry Dock bus stop on Queens Road and from the bus stop it’s a 4min walk to the entrance gates. The number 94 bus also runs regularly from Wellington Place to Sydenham Road and from the bus stop it’s a 10min walk. 

Alternatively it’s a 30mins on foot from Belfast City Centre to the festival site. 

The last train from Titanic Quarter train station leaves at 10.54pm. The last bus is the G2 running from Thompson Dry Dock to Wellington Place at 11.10pm. 

If you are travelling from Belfast International Airport it is a 30 minute drive to the festival, or you can get the 300a train to the Europa Buscentre then take the G2 or 94 bus service from Wellington Place, alternatively you can walk one minute and catch the train from Great Victoria Street.

Anyone arriving/leaving via a private mini-bus or coach should contact us directly via info@avafestival.com

TICKETING

AVA officially sells tickets via our ticketing partners Resident Advisor and Festicket. Please beware of touts and tickets that appear in any form other than those stated.

COVID-19

AVA Festival is fully outdoors this year and will follow the latest government guidance around Covid-19. For more information please refer to our COVID-19 Policy page.

Multiple sanitising stations will be present at the festival. If it makes you feel more comfortable to wear a mask then please do so, however, this is not a requirement. If you are experiencing any Covid symptoms, test positive for Covid 19 or you have been advised to self-isolate by NHS Test & Trace, please do not attend the festival.

TOURIST ACTIVITIES

DRINKS

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.

Bootleggers – Inventive boozy cocktails and hearty american style street food.

Boundary Brewing – Weekend Tap-Room from Belfast’s foremost craft beer brand.

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

FOOD

Belfast Wood Fired Pizza Company – Handmade and authentic woodfired pizzas, using locally sourced ingredients on a thin crispy base.

Jumon – Asian Fusion restaurant featuring an entirely vegan menu and great cocktails.

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

Orā – Out of this world tapas and wine.

Hadskis – An ever-changing menu of daily specials alongside some classic European dishes.

Cyprus Avenue – A neighbourhood brasserie in the heart of East Belfast.

Prawnagraphic – Locally sourced seafood.

COFFEE

Established – Speciality single origin coffee. Scandanavian inspired minimalist decor.

General Merchant – Local neighbourhood eaterie, supplying fine coffee & Antipodean brunches.

ACTIVITIES

Titanic Belfast – Monument to Belfast’s maritime heritage on the site of the former Harland & Wolff shipyard where the RMS Titanic was built.

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!

Belfast Music Bus TourA journey across Belfast revealing the music, artists and landscape that have brought character to the city.

Oh Yeah! Music Centre MuseumLocated in a former whiskey warehouse showcasing memorabilia and storyboards from the great achievers of Northern Irish music.

Belfast Bike Tours – cycle through beautiful Belfast. Each tour with Belfast Bike Tours is unique and guests can experience the city how they like (discount will be offered).

MERCHANDISE

AGE RESTRICTIONS

AVA Festival, is strictly over 18’s and ticketed. Please note that you must bring a valid ID, either passport or Driving License.

ALCOHOL

Alcohol will be served throughout the day and the night at AVA Festival. Strictly over 18’s. ID will be required. AVA does not authorise anyone to bring their own alcohol.

CASH AND CARD

Cash and major debit cards are accepted at AVA Festival.

ACCESSIBILITY

ACCESSIBLE ARRIVAL

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.

ACCESSIBLE TOILETS

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.

SITE TERRAIN

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

STROBE LIGHTING

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.

YOUR WELLBEING & MENTAL HEALTH

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.

LOST PROPERTY

A number of items were handed into lost property over the course of the event.

These have been logged and will be available for collection between Tuesday and Thursday between 10am—12pm and 2pm—5pm at the Oh Yeah Music Centre.

Please email info@avafestival.com to report missing items.

SUSTAINABILITY, COMMUNITY & INCLUSION

AVA is on a journey to become a more sustainable, inclusive and environmentally friendly event where we reduce our negative impact on the world, both locally and globally, and cultivate a sense of community and belonging for everyone that passes through our gates year on year, where everyone feels that they belong to something special. It’s not an easy ride but it’s an exciting one. We are committed and we are in it for the long run.

AVA is committed to supporting the local community, championing home grown talent with an emphasis on diversity & inclusion and actively minimising our impact on the environment.

We’ve created three strands for this work: Sustainability, Community, and Inclusion. We’re finding our feet and working on measuring how we’re currently performing and thinking about how we can not only improve what we are doing now but be leaders in the field. Throughout this journey, we’re committed to publicly reporting our progress so that we can be held accountable, by you our audience.

What are we doing right now?

  1. Building a measurement tool to look at how we’re doing right now and what we can improve this year.
  2. Planning some visible and tangible changes to the festival that will immediately have a positive impact on the environment. 
  3. Actively responding to your feedback that was submitted from our post-event survey in 2021.

We are working with Gig Buddies to enable people with learning disabilities and/or autism to enjoy all the great things going on in their community, especially live music. Gig Buddies is a project that pairs up people with and without learning disabilities (and/or autism) to be friends and to go to events together.

War Child is our charity partner this year for AVA and we’ll be actively raising money for them through mandatory hospitality ticket donations. War Child is the only specialist charity for children affected by conflict. For more than two decades, they’ve been ensuring a safe future for every child living through war. This is an incredibly important mission now more than ever.

TICKET INFO

Day Tickets
Entry pre 3 PM tickets require you to enter the festival before the allocated time. Anyone who arrives later will be required to pay a top-up fee.

Hospitality Tickets
Tickets include;

  1. Access via hospitality “fast track” lane
  2. Access to hospitality bar & hospitality seated area
  3. Access hospitality toilets

This is a hospitality area, created for a relaxed environment. If the security or staff feel your behaviour is disruptive, you will be ejected from the hospitality area, and if your behaviour is more than disruptive you will be ejected from the Festival site. This area is for strictly over 23 years olds. You must have a valid ID and if you have purchased a ticket and you are under 23, you will only gain access to the festival (provided you are over 18).

Deposit Ticket Deadlines
The deposit ticket scheme gives you until 29th April 2022 at 11.59PM to pay the remaining balance on your ticket. Once you have purchased the first half of the deposit ticket, the option to make the second payment will appear on this page.

First payment: £30 + booking fee
Second payment: £60 + booking fee [due by 6th May 2022]

Please note that if it is not paid by then your ticket will be void and the first payment is non-refundable. The RA resale queue will not be available for deposit tickets.

RESIDENTS TICKETS

We are pleased to be able to offer residents tickets this year with a 20% discount.

Residents tickets are limited and are offered on a first-come-first-served basis. To claim your discounted tickets, please email a utility bill as proof of address to info@avafestival.com with ‘Resident Tickets’ as the subject line. Tickets are limited to 2x per person.

The catchment area for residents tickets covers the following area:

PARTNERS

AVA is a true indication of what we are capable of if we are united and that music transcends all barriers that for generations has kept our young people apart…keep er’ lit AVA. JG Wilkes (Optimo)

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