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AVA Festival locks Rebekah, Blawan, Avalon Emerson for 2019

Ben UFO, Call Super and Honey Dijon are also heading to Belfast...

Belfast's AVA Festival has confirmed its first set of names for what will be its fifth edition.

Featured amongst the first announcement, which takes in more than 60 acts, are DJ Mag UK cover star Rebekah, Ben UFO, Mall Grab, Avalon Emerson, Blawan, Palms Trax, Motor City Drum Ensemble, Call Super, The Black Madonna, Honey Dijon, Len Faki, Daniel Avery and Courtesy.

As ever, a number of local Irish heroes are also locked in to play including Saoirse, Or:la, Krystal Klear, Cromby, Hammer and Holly Lester. 

The festival and conference will stretch across May 31st and June 1st, while a further closing party is also set to take place on June 2nd. This year's event will see AVA return for a second consecutive year to a large warehouse that was formerly owned by B&Q. You can check a video trailer below.

Ahead of the festival this summer, Printworks will host an AVA party at the start of March featuring Joy Orbison, Hunee and more.

Last summer, a number of Northern Irish DJs, producers and promoters filled us in on why Northern Ireland is the best place to party.