7th Jul 2019 in Arts

Comedy, live music and visual art – all to be enjoyed this week if you’re looking for things to do in Belfast!

If you’re new to Northern Ireland, this week can be a strange one; although there are efforts to make it a festive event, city centre businesses usually either close or operate reduced opening hours for the 12th July band parades, with some opting to close or reduce hours on the 11th and 13th also. It’s worth bearing in mind if you are planning a trip to Belfast this weekend.

There is plenty on in the earlier part of the week if you are out and about – read on for our top five picks and check out the What’s On Guide for more entertainment inspiration in Belfast’s Cathedral Quarter.

Comedy Lab at The Black Box

Tues 9th and Wed 10th July, 8pm @ The Black Box

The CQ Belfast BID is proudly supporting the Comedy Lab series of events at The Black Box running throughout the month of July. A bold and experimental series of comedy from some of the funniest names on the UK and Ireland stand-up circuits.

On Tuesday, Peter E Davidson brings the Edinburgh preview of his show Peeved to the Green Room of the Black Box. Having tickled the dark underbelly of rose wine drinking and tried to put the world to rights; Peter E Davidson is back and this time he’s… well he’s a bit peeved!

Poster for Ger Staunton's comedy show in BelfastThe following evening, Ger Staunton takes to the same stage for his first ever Belfast solo show, which combines much of the best of his 2017 and 2018 Edinburgh shows, plus lots of hilarious new material.

Check out the What’s On Guide for the rest of the Comedy Lab events on this week.

Text: The Sunflower Bar presents Baroda, Fagash McCann, The Fake Flirtations, Conor Martin. Tuesday 9th July, Doors open 7pm, £3. Background is half black, half rainbow stripes.Baroda

Tuesday 9th July, 7 – 11.30pm @ The Sunflower

Four-piece Baroda hail from Belfast and play a mix of blues, indie and alternative rock. The band are currently recording their debut album and are about to release its lead single, “Don’t Believe The News”. They’ve played in the Cathedral Quarter twice this year already, with gigs in McHugh’s and The Oh Yeah Centre, and they are headed to the Galway Fringe Festival later this month. Support on Tuesday night comes from Fagash McCann, The Fake Flirtations and Conor Martin. Set to be a great night of music and just £3 on the door – see you there!

Drink & Paint Belfast: Make A Space Painting

Wednesday 10th July, 6.30pm @ The Ulster Sports Club

The ‘drink and draw’ evening is becoming ever more popular, and Drink and Draw Ireland are bringing their second Belfast event to the Ulster Sports Club. Expected to sell out quickly, so get in there for tickets asap! The theme this time is ‘space’ and budding artists will be guided to create cosmos-inspired canvases! £26 ticket price (+ booking fee) includes all materials and one drink.

The Ulster Sports Club has a packed schedule of eclectic events coming up – stay in the know with our What’s On Guide and check out this great article all about the Club – more great profiles like this on our regularly-updated News page.

Woman in faux fur coat, under blue light.Do Governments Lie? & Abridged 0-61: Megan Doherty: Changeling Exhibitions

Mon – Wed @ Golden Thread Gallery

‘Kim Happiness’ by Philippe Chancel, and ‘Political Campaigns – Battle of Opinion on Social Media’ by Marc Lee arrived at the gallery during the Belfast Photo Festival and will be there until 27th July. Last Thursday, at a launch during Late Night Art Belfast on Thursday, they were joined by ‘Abridged 0-61: Megan Doherty: Changeling’. The gallery’s usual opening hours are Tuesday to Friday 11am to 5pm and Saturday 11am to 4pm, but this week they are closed Thursday to Saturday inclusive.


Every Sunday, we post our top five picks of the week’s events in an article like this in our News section. You’ll also find profiles of interesting businesses, people and organisations, as well as ideas for what to do and see while you’re here. Have a read, let us know what you think and get in touch if you have any suggestions for new articles!

If you are a Cathedral Quarter business, contact us if you would like us to profile you or anyone in your organisation, as we are always on the lookout for interesting stories and people in the CQ!

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