One of the world’s top music producers is to visit Belfast next year to inspire those working in the industry here.

Steve Albini – who has worked with the likes of Nirvana, The Pixies, The Manic Street Preachers, The Stooges and dozens of others – will be the keynote speaker at Belfast City Council’s second ‘Output Belfast’ conference, which takes place at The MAC on Thursday February 18.

The Chicago-born music man – who also played with Big Black and Shellac – is cited as one of the most influential producers of all time.

It will be his only speaking engagement in Europe in 2016, thus offering a unique opportunity for a Belfast audience to gain insights from one of the most acclaimed and respected figures in the music business.

The conference is expected to be attended by around 350 local artists, businesses and students, and will address the challenges and opportunities that the music industry presents, highlighting the key role that music and performance plays within Northern Ireland’s buoyant creative industries sector.

Organised by Belfast City Council in partnership Generator NI, the conference will include panel discussions, music sessions, workshops and speed networking events as well as keynote speeches from award-winning musicians and managers of globally recognised talent.

At night, the emphasis will switch to live music, with a series of free pop-up gigs at venues across the city centre.

Full details of the conference speakers will be announced in mid-January.  However, registration is now open at outputbelfast.com

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