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The Script – The SSE Arena, Belfast: 13 November

After 10 billion streams, 12 million album sales, six UK #1 albums and two Platinum-certified US singles, The Script return with the release of their new album ‘Satellites’ on 16th August 2024. Announced alongside news of a UK and European arena tour which includes a Belfast show at The SSE Arena on Wednesday 13th November, the album is previewed today by the single ‘Both Ways’. […]

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PM Big Band Swings Into Action With Eurovision Legend, Dana In Aid Of Marie Curie

Celebrate an unforgettable evening of music in support of Marie Curie Hospice Northern Ireland with the PM Big Band, featuring vocalists Ceara Grehan and David Hamilton (pictured) at Theatre at The Mill, Newtownabbey on Friday 31 May at 7.45pm  This one-off performance, A Big Band for a Big Cause, promises a thrilling journey through the

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Now That’s What I Call A Musical Coming To Belfast’s Grand Opera House

NOW That’s What I Call A Musical, a brand-new musical written by award-winning comedian Pippa Evans and directed and choreographed by Craig Revel Horwood is coming to Belfast’s Grand Opera House from November 19-23 during it’s UK and Ireland tour. Get ready to relive the playlist of your life by celebrating 40 years of the

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Duff McKagan To Open European Tour In Dublin

Following the successful release of his third solo album Lighthouse in October 2023, Duff McKagan is thrilled to announce a forthcoming headline UK and European tour in October 2024.  Kicking off from Dublin, the series of shows will see the iconic musician play in fifteen cities in eleven countries bringing Lighthouse to life with his legendary live performances. Duff

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Techno Legends Scooter Announce Return With UK & Ireland Tour

Arguably one of Europe’s most successful techno acts, Scooter, announced today that they will be returning to the UK and Ireland later this year as part of their 30th-anniversary tour – the ‘Thirty, Rough and Dirty’ tour. Hitting venues including London’s OVO Arena Wembley, the trio around frontman H.P. Baxxter is set to give fans an unforgettable party

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Bluegrass Omagh 2024: Where Music Meets Ulster-American History

Set against the backdrop of Ulster American Folk Park, Bluegrass Omagh is back, and this year’s festival promises an unforgettable weekend of music, culture and history. Scheduled for the May Bank Holiday weekend 4 to 6, Bluegrass Omagh honours the enduring legacy of Appalachian settlers who carried their songs and stories across the Atlantic. The

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Gareth Dunlop Releases New Single Go Down Swinging

Renowned pop artist Gareth Dunlop returns with his latest offering, the emboldening single Go Down Swinging, via Zenith Cafe. The track serves as another incredible preview into the Belfast musician’s highly anticipated third album, Welcome To The House Of I Don’t Know. During the release of this pivotal album, Dunlop will be on his UK headline

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Holst Landmark Anniversaries To Be Celebrated In Portaferry

Celebrating 150 years since Holst’s birth and 90 years since his death, the Portico of Ards in Portaferry is delighted to welcome the Kammer Philharmonie Europa in a return visit to its stage in a performance of Holst’s exquisite “Suite for String Orchestra op.29 Nr.2” – the St Paul’s Suite. This world-renowned chamber orchestra continues

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The Countdown Is On To Ards International Guitar Festival

The Ards International Guitar Festival arrives in Newtownards next week with a fantastic line-up celebrating local and international guitar talent. Featuring everything from classical to rock, the programme promises something for every musical taste. Hosted by Ards and North Down Borough Council, the festival runs from Wednesday 17 – Sunday 21 April. Highlights on this

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Fever’s Candlelight Concerts Will Feature Flowers In Special Spring Shows In Belfast

Fever’s Candlelight concert series are bringing special Spring shows to Belfast. Evoking the most floral of the seasons, a limited number of performances hosted in the city will feature the spectacular display of blossoms. Illuminated by thousands of candles and flooded with a sea of colourful artificial flowers, the following shows will host Candlelight Spring:    

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Down Right Incredible: Belfast Musician Releases Single In Aid of Down Syndrome Charities

Belfast musician Stefan Murray, 51, has released a single in aid of Down Syndrome charity Down Right Incredible and Hanwood Down Syndrome Football Club.  The single, Down Right Incredible, was inspired by Stefan’s own experience. His two-year-old son Killian was born with Down Syndrome after being told he had a one in seven chance of

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Van Morrison Announces Easter Performances In Belfast’s Culloden Hotel

Blues-rock legend Van Morrison is to perform two exclusive, intimate shows this Easter in Belfast’s Culloden Estate and Spa. The lunch and jazz event will take place on Easter Sunday and Monday, March 31 and April 1 at the five-star hotel, which is part of the Hastings Hotel Group. Tickets are on sale on Ticketmaster,

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Janet Devlin Joins Simon Cowell’s New Streaming Platform Lounges.tv

Lounges.tv, the new, disruptive streaming platform backed by global music mogul Simon Cowell, is transforming the way musicians are performing online – helping them make money and get noticed! Thousands of artists have signed up to the platform which, in addition to Simon Cowell, is backed by Prince’s former manager Kiran Sharma and BBC iPlayer founder

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Catch NI Opera’s Cupid’s Bow At The Grand Opera House Studio This Week

Upon entering the The Studio, you’ll meet the ever-positive Cupid: god of love, desire and attraction. Cupid runs a bar, ‘Cupid’s Bow’, where some of opera’s most recognisable, famous and infamous characters come to unwind, share their stories and to sing of falling in love, looking for love and falling out of love. Meet operatic legends, including

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Big Special Headed To Belfast For Launch Of Latest Album

BIG SPECIAL have announced their highly-anticipated debut album POSTINDUSTRIAL HOMETOWN BLUES for release on 10th May via SO Recordings. The Black Country duo are also sharing their first new music of 2024, in the shape of huge new single DUST OFF / START AGAIN, along with more UK / EU headline shows and festival appearances.

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The Corrs Announce 2024 Return With Support From Natalie Imbruglia

Pop icons, The Corrs announce an eight-date UK & Ireland tour titled ‘Talk On Corners’ in November 2024. Performing tracks from the acclaimed album plus a selection of their greatest hits to fans all over the United Kingdom & Ireland, the multi-million selling sibling quartet will kick off the tour at Belfast’s SSE Arena before heading to Manchester’s AO Arena, Glasgow’s OVO

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Hothouse Flowers To Headline Beamish Sessions At Court House

LIVE music lovers are in for a real treat over the coming months as The Court House in Bangor hosts The Beamish Sessions, a series of intimate gigs with a stellar line-up that includes Hothouse Flowers, David Holmes, Duke Special and punk legend Jah Wobble. Supported by leading stout brand Beamish in partnership with Arts

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Waltzes, Nocturnes, Mazurkas: Chopin At Its Best At Portico

Another wintery, bleak February Sunday afternoon but, yet again, Portico has the antidote – Pavel Kolesnikov, the greatest Chopin exponent of his all too youthful generation, will be playing Waltzes, Nocturnes and Mazurkas by Chopin and Schubert’s Sonata No21: could there be any reason not to attend for this sublime, winter-blues therapy? If you doubt

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Anthony Toner Continues Latest Tour With Another 6 NI Dates

Celebrated singer-songwriter Anthony Toner is set to enchant music lovers across Northern Ireland with six additional dates on his latest tour. This series of live shows comes in celebration of his fourteenth release, “Ghost Notes Vol 2”, a carefully curated collection of cover songs that showcase Toner’s distinctive musical style. Having already graced stages in

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Sepultura Announces Final Farewell Tour With Historic Belfast Show – Celebrating 40 Years Of Metal Mastery

After an illustrious career spanning four decades, Brazilian metal icons Sepultura are set to bid a grand farewell to their fans with a monumental 40th-anniversary tour, culminating in a highly anticipated performance at The Telegraph Building in Belfast on 10 November 2024. This follows closely on the heels of their Dublin show at the 3Olympia

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Folk Music Stars Trú To Take To The Stage At 4 Corners Festival Next Month

Folk music stars Trú have been confirmed as the latest musical act to be added to the 4 Corners Festival lineup next month. The band will be taking to the stage at An Evening In Conversation with Trú where 4 Corners Festival co-founder Steve Stockman and committee member Mylie Brennan will interview the band about

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Have You Heard Tommy Fleming’s Christmas Single Bells Are Ringing?

Tommy Fleming has released his Christmas single, an old classic that reflects the joys of the season and reminds us that not everyone may be as fortunate as ourselves. A season recognised for goodwill and cheer – Christmas also denotes harsh contrasts amongst us as consumerism is glorified and tends to mask the many real

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Listen To Villagers & Lisa Hannigan Knock ‘The Little Drummer Boy’ Out Of The Park This Christmas

Villagers and Lisa Hannigan have covered the Christmas song The Little Drummer Boy. An exquisite rendering of the Christmas classic, Conor O‘Brien and Hannigan’s vocals beautifully complement each other against a serene and atmospheric setting. Talking about the choice of song, O’Brien said: “Since I was a little boy this song by Katherine Kennicott Davis

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Downtown & Cool FM Presenters Release Their Debut Charity Christmas Single

Radio presenters at Cool FM, Downtown Radio and Downtown Country have joined forces to release their debut Christmas single and music video to promote Cash for Kids Mission Christmas appeal. Mission Christmas’s new single “It’s Downtown Christmas” has been written and produced locally, and is set to play on air for the first time on Downtown Radio on Friday the 1st of December,

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Madness Set For 2024 Custom House Square Show

After scoring their first studio UK Official Charts No.1 album, Theatre Of The Absurd Presents C’est La Vie, one of the biggest and most loved British bands Madness, announce their ‘C’est La Vie’ summer tour with a Custom House Square, Belfast show on Friday 9th August 2024.   The huge 19-date tour will call at Margate, Southampton, Plymouth, Newcastle,

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Two Door Cinema Club Set For Custom House Square Summer 2024

Two Door Cinema Club have announced a massive concert for summer 2024 with a show at Custom House Square, Belfast on Thursday 15th August 2024.   Mixing guitar-driven hooks with a dancey, electronic polish, Northern Ireland’s Two Door Cinema Club first gained attention with 2010’s Tourist History and singles like What You Know, Something Good Can Work

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Michelle Dowd Realeases New Single “Ain’t My Vibe”

Ain’t My Vibe is the new single from Northern Irish singer/songwriter Michelle Dowd. This is Dowd’s third single of the year following the pop/soul inspired track Healing and the dance smash Love is Love. The song was co-produced by Dowd alongside frequent collaborator and producer, Paul McNeilly. “There’s a juxtaposition between the music and the

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Duran Duran Announced As Headliners For Latitude 2024 In UK Festival Exclusive

In a UK festival exclusive, the iconic British band Duran Duran has been unveiled as the headliners for the 2024 edition of the Latitude Festival. The announcement coincides with the release of the band’s critically acclaimed new gothic-themed album, Danse Macabre, which made its debut in the UK Top Five this week. The band is set to

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Slothrust Announce New EP

Slothrust — the duo composed of principal songwriter, guitar player, and unrepentant aesthete Leah Wellbaum and drummer Will Gorin — announce their forthcoming EP entitled I Promise, out October 20. “I love secrets hidden in plain sight,” says Slothrust guitarist, singer and songwriter Leah Wellbaum. Approaching a decade since their fiercely innovative debut, Wellbaum and drummer/percussionist Will Gorin search for the keys to secrets with Slothrust as they pick at

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Minnows To Headline Atlantic Sessions In Final Gig Of The Year At Playhouse, Portrush

Having made a long-awaited return to the live stage this year with two sold-out gigs in Belfast and Derry, indie rock band The Minnows will play their third and final show of 2023 at The Playhouse Theatre in Portrush on Friday November 17. The Belfast-based band has confirmed that its headline performance at this year’s Atlantic Sessions will be their last

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Portico Ards Announces New Feel Good Festival

The Portico of Ards has a brand new festival coming up in 2024. From 1-10 March, the Feel Good Festival comes complete with candlelit concerts, laser lit gigs and feel good activities. The Feel Good Festival starts by swathing the grade A listed architecture of Portico in soft candlelight for two concerts on its first

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Foyle Film Festival Launches 2023 Programme Showcasing Irish & International Film Events

Searchlight Pictures Next Goal Wins, directed by Oscar® winner Taika Waititi, will open this year’s festival which takes place from Friday 17 – Sunday 26 November 2023. Q&A with Oscar®-winning editor Thelma Schoonmaker will follow the screening of Raging Bull as part of Powell and Pressburger season, and Irish International talent is showcased with an

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Maxwell Quartet To Perform At Music In The Chamber At Bangor Castle

Hailing from Scotland, the award-winning Maxwell Quartet will perform across NI for the first time this November, with a performance in Bangor Castle on Friday 24th November. The tour is presented by Moving on Music. Now firmly regarded as one of the finest young string quartets around, Maxwell Quartet are a group in high demand. Performing

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West End Star Lights Up The Cathedral This Christmas

Peter Corry has once again exceeded all expectations in unveiling an exciting line-up for this year’s eagerly awaited “Christmas at the Cathedral”.  Returning to the magnificent St Anne’s Cathedral, the show features an exceptional star of both Broadway and the West End, Rachel Tucker, as a special guest. Returning to her hometown of Belfast, Rachel will

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Country Stars Kane Brown, Brad Paisley and Old Dominion Lined Up For 2024 Show At Belfast’s SSE Arena

Following 2023’s 10-year extravaganza, Country To Country returns for the start of another decade celebrating country music. Since 2013, C2C has become Europe’s premier destination to see the world’s best country artists and future stars. 2024 will see another host of incredible artists perform at The O2, London, The OVO Hydro Glasgow and, for the

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Singer-Songwriter MATT McGINN Performs New Music

Famed Co. Down singer-songwriter Matt McGinn returns to Belfast on 20 October to preview a selection of tracks from his forthcoming album Behind Every Door , alongside other favourites. Released on 27 October, the album features upbeat, foot-stomping, melody-drenched songs with swirling fiddles, heart-wrenching ballads and uilleann pipes.  While McGinn’s blend of folk, alt-country and soul and his personal, character-laden songwriting are in evidence, it’s his warm, husky

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Harps Alive Festival Is Back This Weekend

Some 231 years on, harp music resounds…..Harpers and historians join forces in Belfast and Dublin to celebrate the Irish harping tradition. Now in its second year Harps Alive (Harps Alive│An Chruit Bheo│Harps Leevin) is a cross border collaborative festival, which brings together the finest harpers from across the island to celebrate the significance of the

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Get Grooving In The Grounds Of City Hall This September

The grand finale of Music in the Parks is taking place in the grounds of City Hall on Saturday 30 September. Organised by Belfast City Council, ‘Groove in the City’ will feature a range of live music from 12.30pm to 5pm. There will be performances by: String Ninjas Wookalily Kerry Fearon Belfast Groove Collective Belfast

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