Out of Conflict Comes Creation: A New Era for Contemporary Music in Belfast

Class Year


Document Type

Student Research Paper

Date of Creation

Fall 2010

Department 1

Center for Global Education


This report is the outcome of a month-long exploratory study on growth of the contemporary music scene in Belfast, United Kingdom. Data was obtained by way of qualitative methods using focused interviews with five musicians and one music organization’s executive, and participant observations came from attending concert venues and music organizations in Belfast. Through these methods, it can be concluded that this is a new era for the current contemporary music scene. Despite Belfast’s reputation as a chaotic and dangerous city after decades worth of political and social unrest, the musicians have broken free from the chains of their past, take pride in the progress of the present scene, and look forward to a creative and promising future. Recommendations for potential further studies include interviews with more musicians, radio stations, journalists, record executives, venue managers, and members of the public. Additional time would also benefit potential further studies.

This paper was written for the Ireland: Transformation of Social and Political Conflict program.