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Now Press Play: Celebrating music on film

Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival cordially invites you to NOW PRESS PLAY, a new 4-day mini-festival celebrating the inner and outer reaches of music on film

Running from 26-29 October, Now Press Play features unearthed gems, forgotten legends and grand celluloid follies, taking in some of the greatest documentaries, concert films or musical movies you've never seen, not to mention old favourites and new releases.

There’s Northern Irish Premieres for acclaimed documentaries Syd: Have you Got it Yet – the long awaited Syd Barrett documentary, Dio: Dreamers Never Die and It’s a Fine Thing to Sing featuring members of Lankum, The Henry Girls amongst others tackling songs from the famed Inishowen Song Project.

Join the festival  in the hallowed surrounds of Rosemary Street Church for the gospel classic Say Amen Somebody, and in the Tap Room of the Ulster Sports Club for an extra rare screening of Abba in Studio 2 and I am Weekender – the stunning documentary about the rise of the rave scene as seen through the prism of Flowered Up’s now legendary Weekender video.

They are screening the little seen neon pop cult classic Human Highway – the missing link between John Waters, David Lynch and Tim Burton, hosting a Talking Heads Day and an old school Heavy Metal Double Bill of the small and perfectly formed Heavy Metal Carpark followed by the greatest video diary of all time – In Bed with Chris Needham.

The two Brians (well one Bryan and one Brian) slug it out in our Roxy Music vs Eno double bill: Eno/ Roxette and, wrapping up the inaugural Now Press Play with a swing, they present to you an amazing new film on the life of jazz legend Max Roach: The Drum Also Waltzes.

Join them for four days of cinematic musical indulgence in the company of the weird and the wonderful, the glorious and the garish.

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