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ICONS: Public Enemy frontman Chuck D and tech experts to descend on Titanic Quarter for festival

20,000 set to flock to ICONS festival in Titanic Quarter on September 24-27

By John Mulgrew

Public Enemy frontman Chuck D and some of the world's top tech experts are set to descend on Belfast later this year as part of a major new festival.

The ICONS festival is hoping to draw in some 20,000 people who the four-day event takes to the Titanic Quarter in September.

The line-up includes Hollywood producer and Bill Daly – who oversaw film franchises such as Harry Potter and Sherlock Holmes

And also speaking is Marvin Liao of Silicon Valley's 500 Startups group, which is a seed fund and young business accelerator.

Meanwhile Jon Bradford, managing director of the TechStars accelerator in London will also be taking to the stage.

The event's chief executive, Aaron Taylor said:

"ICONS is open to everyone. From the free skills day for school students, to the careers carnival for all generations, our conference and exclusive music gig has a range of ticket options which mean it’s accessible to everyone from the boot-strapping startup to the global chief executive.

And Tim Husbands, chief Executive of Titanic Belfast said: "We're delighted to host this major new international event.

“The combination of Titanic Belfast and the new Titanic Exhibition Centre will be superb venues for ICONS and we look forward to welcoming delegates and visitors in September.”

The Titanic Exhibition Centre - which is due to draw in thousands of visitors - was given the green light for an initial three-year term during a Belfast City Council planning committee earlier this week.

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