Cheylene Murphy is one of this year’s TEDX Stormont Women speakers. With her band Wonder Villains she has toured worldwide.

Their debut album Rocky receiving national radio play. She is a published songwriter with Polar Patrol Publishing and was a music supervisor for the film A Christmas Star.

Cheylene is part of the Global Shapers network and a founding member of the creative women’s collective Go Girl.

Taking place in Stormont Castle on May 29 from 2-7pm TEDX Stormont Women will have a variety of live speakers and videos streams from TEDWomen in Monterey, California.

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Home is…
in a practice room, playing music REALLY LOUDLY with my band mates.

Tell us something your mum doesn’t know about you?
I literally can’t think of anything! My mum and I are sickeningly close, I love her to bits.

What would you do if you had the keys to the city for the day?
Let the bars stay open all night long and make a deal with the weather wizards so that it will be warm and sunny 24/7

Which building would you most like to be locked in overnight?
The Titanic museum. Such a cool building!

Celebrity crush?
Scarlett Johansson. What a mega babe.

Describe your perfect day in the city?
Start with a late breakfast in Maggie Mays with my friends, then stroll around botanic gardens in the sun (perfect Belfast days are always sunny) and pop into the Ulster museum to see the art. Then I’d walk along the river, maybe visit St George’s market along the way and end up in the Duke of York to get a glorious pint of Guinness! Wander around Studio Souk and some vintage shops like Octopus Garden or Young Savage, grab a boojum for dinner and then go to a local gig. In my head it would be A Plastic Rose, A Bad Cavalier, Katherine Phillipa or Oh Volcano. Or maybe all four! And then dance the night away and party in a student house till the early hours. Belfast perfection!

What’s the last major event you attended in Belfast?
St Patrick’s day parade. I sang in beat carnivals choir in the parade and had a brilliant time!

Favourite restaurant
Teatro. Great vibe, great music, my kind of delicious tapas food.

Favourite bar or club
I’m always in The Bar With No Name or Voodoo because the gigs and club nights are the BOMB.

Best place in Belfast to spend a fiver
St George’s market. You always get the most interesting things, sometimes at a surprisingly cheap price. Once I got a giant dictionary from 1870 for £1. It’s still the most fascinating thing I’ve ever read

Earliest Belfast memory?
W5 on family day trip is to Belfast. I lived for those musical stairs.

What movie most closely resembles your life story and why?
The Sound Of Music. I mean, I’m not a nun and I don’t live in Austria, but Julie Andrews is my spirit animal and I love to burst into spontaneous song!

Sum up Belfast in three words?
Brilliant, creative people

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