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Sign up for: AVA Festival 2018

Larry Heard AKA Mr Fingers has just been confirmed for this year's AVA Festival in Belfast

NORTHERN Ireland's annual electronic music festival and conference AVA has just announced a show and special keynote address from Chicago house music master Larry Heard, AKA Mr Fingers.

Heard's appearance at AVA marks Heard's long-awaited northern debut, which will follow his first album release for 13 years in April.

Taking place at S13 on Boucher Road on Friday June 1 and Saturday June 2, this year's AVA music festival will featuring the likes of Floorplan, Bicep, DVS1, Helena Hauff, Kink, Mall Grab, Denis Sulta, Mano Le Tough, Midland, Or:la, Saoirse, Sunil Sharpe, Timmy Stewart, Jordan, Swoose and Cromby and Sally C.

AVA's free daytime conference schedule will run on the same dates at The MAC in Belfast: 2018's programme will include Bicep discussing their acclaimed album and live show, a live Kink masterclass and workshops from Native Instruments and Pioneer DJ.

The AVA team are also curating a special AVA London programme at Hangar next weekend, featuring see live performances from Genius of Time, Ryan Vail, R Kitt, Magnier and Sally Cee, plus three hour sets from Optimo, Saoirse and Or:la with support from Swoose and a free warm-up from DJ Deece, High Hoopse and Dave McDonagh.

:: Conference sign-up, festival tickets and full line-up information available now at AVAfestival.com

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