Festival Guide

Festival Guide


The time is almost upon us.

We’re so thrilled to welcome you all to our September 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 is naturally going to be a little different. We’ve got a brand new open-air, multi-stage festival so please read this guide carefully for some recommendations on how to prepare for and navigate around the festival. 

The music starts at 12 each day, full set times inside. See you on Friday!


AVA Belfast 2021 will take place on Friday 24 & Saturday 25 September at Boucher Road Playing Fields, Belfast.

The festival will open each day at 12:00 and close at 23:00. Last entry to the festival is at 7PM.

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.


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.

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

AVA will operate a ticketed shuttle bus to the city centre in the evening from 8PM, tickets will be available from the merch/info stall.

The last train from Balmoral departs at 11:15PM.

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


We will verify everyone’s COVID status to gain entry to the festival. Everyone accessing the festival must be able to show proof of one of the below. 

Proof of Full Vaccination, with the second vaccine having been given at least 14 days prior to arriving at AVA. This proof will need to be the original Vaccine card, or a Vaccine Passport, or a Vaccine Certificate.

Proof of a negative lateral flow test result via either Email, Text or a Screenshot of your report to NHS/gov.uk website; signed in your own name. You will need to ensure you’ve taken a lateral flow test within 48 hours of arrival.

Proof of Natural Covid Antibodies, based upon a positive PCR test within 180 days of the event you are attending including 10 days of self-isolation following the result).

Further information can be found on our COVID-19 page.



  • 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



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.

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. 

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

Chubby Cherub
Classic Italian cuisine in a striking picturesque premises.

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.


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!


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