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“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


“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



The nearest train station to Boucher Road Fields is Balmoral Train Station and the 9a/9b bus services run regularly from Europa Buscentre in Belfast City Centre to Lancefield Road, both are a 10 minute walk from the entrance gates.


Boucher Roads Playing Fields is accessible by car, foot, taxi and public transport via train or bus 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 last train from Balmoral departs at 11:15pm.

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 9a/9b bus service to Lancefield Road, 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


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.


Ticket and accommodation packages are available to AVA September 2021 via our ticketing and accommodation partner Festicket here.

Please note due to current Covid-19 travel protocols, accommodation packages may not be available until closer to the event.

If you are looking for accommodation in Belfast during the festival we can suggest the following: Europa Hotel, Malmaison, Dream Apartments.


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.



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.



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.



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

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



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).



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


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 major debit cards are accepted at AVA Festival.


We are committed to making the experience at AVA as inclusive as possible.

This page provides additional information for customers with disabilities or access requirements.

We have outlined some key areas below, but don’t hesitate to reach out to us if you need anything further.

Drop us an email on and one of the team will get back to you.



Accessible Arrival

If you’re arriving by coach, local train station, shuttle, or you are being dropped off at Boucher Roads Fields the route to the entry gates is approx 500m. Please note, the peak ingress hours which are 12pm until 5pm on Friday 24th and 12pm until 5pm on Saturday 25th September.

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 greenfields site and will be completely flat. Please be aware that a change in weather conditions may drastically change the conditions of the ground so come prepared.

The nearest train station to Boucher Road Fields is Balmoral Train Station and the 9a/9b bus services run regularly from Europa Buscentre in Belfast City Centre to Lancefield Road, both are a 10 minute walk from the entrance gates.

Accessible Toilets

All interior festival venues are fully wheelchair accessible. The festival showcase is at Boucher playing fields 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 90% of the festival site is on open flat ground. AVA is a non-camping festival. Please note if we experience adverse weather conditions, the ground conditions can become poor.

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.


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 Monday 27th and Thursday 30th September between 10am to 5pm at the Oh Yeah Music Centre.

Please email to report missing items.


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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