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Councillors pull the plug on MTV festival in Belfast

By David Young

Published 09/07/2016

Lady Gaga during the MTV Music Awards in Belfast in 2011
Lady Gaga during the MTV Music Awards in Belfast in 2011

A plan for an MTV music festival in Belfast has been scrapped by the city's councillors.

The council said that a decision to axe the autumn showpiece had been taken due to the number of other musical events scheduled for Belfast over the same period.

Councillors had originally agreed to underwrite the festival by up to £300,000 in the event it made a loss.

The festival would have been the latest in a number of high-profile MTV events to have entertained music fans in Belfast in recent times.

In 2011 the city hosted the MTV European Music Awards with top acts including Lady Gaga, Jessie J and Justin Bieber.

The following year chart toppers Olly Murs and Pixie Lott entertained 16,000 at an MTV-branded concert at the Titanic slipway.

A Belfast City Council spokesman said: "The MTV gig planned for September is not going ahead due to a number of other competing musical events happening during the same month.

"We are continuing to work with the company to identify other future opportunities, as well as looking to secure other major events for the city."

The council spokesman stressed that the concert had never been officially confirmed by it and the proposal had only ever reached the consideration stage.

"No announcement was ever made about an MTV gig in September.

"It was only ever a proposal we were considering, so therefore it was not cancelled," he added.

Belfast Telegraph

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