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Club night rolls back the years

By Andrea McVeigh, Patric Baird & Damien Murray

One of the most hotly anticipated club nights of the festive season, if not the whole of 2016, is this reunion night paying tribute to one of Belfast's premier, but now sadly defunct, clubs of the nineties - The Network. Celebrating the golden years of house music, a full 22 years after the doors of the club first opened, all of the original residents will be on the bill, including Mark Jackson, Eamon Beagon, Chris Cargo, Jay Kay, Conor Magavock, Dale Hooks and Alan Bates.

As if that's not enough for you, two special guests will also be in the DJ box, party kings and former Network guests Brandon Block and Alex P. For details, visit Facebook: Network Reunion.

The High Kings

Ulster Hall, Belfast

Tuesday, December 27, 8pm

Hailed as the most exciting Irish ballad group to emerge since The Clancy Brothers and Tommy Makem electrified the worldwide folk revival of the sixties, the band has seen its popularity skyrocket with sell-out tours of Ireland and America.

The multi-platinum selling High Kings - Finbarr Clancy, Brian Dunphy, Martin Furey and Darren Holden - have been voted Ireland's folk band of the year for many years. Now, the true heirs of Ireland's folk heritage, who play 13 instruments between them and whose singing is especially noted for its close harmonies, are back with their new Grace & Glory concert tour.

The High Kings are also appearing at Armagh's Market Place Theatre, Armagh (Wed, Dec 28); Enniskillen's Ardhowen Theatre (Thur, Dec 29); and Omagh's Strule Arts Centre (Fri, Dec 30).

For details of the Belfast gig, tel: 028 9033 4455 or visit waterfront.co.uk

Geoff Tate

Empire Music Hall, Belfast

Tonight, 8.30pm

German-born US singer with heavy metal bands Queensryche and Operation: Mindcrime, Geoff Tate brings his Building an Empire all acoustic tour to Belfast's Empire. He is set to perform 30 years' worth of material, including both hits and rarities complete with a full band, in which he also tells stories of life on the road, as well as delving into the history behind each of the songs.

Tate, ranked 14th on Hit Parade's list of the 100 Greatest Metal Vocalists of All Time, will be playing classics including Empire, Eyes of a Stranger, Silent Lucidity, Jet City Woman, I Don't Believe in Love and many more. For details, visit thebelfastempire.com.

Andrea McVeigh, Patric Baird &

Damien Murray

Network Reunion

El Divino, Belfast,

Tuesday, December 27, 9pm

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