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Belfast set for week of top music

By Amanda Poole

The countdown to Belfast Music Week is officially on.

Excitement is building as the official event guide, bursting with over 170 gigs, was revealed at the Ulster Hall yesterday.

The biggest music event Northern Ireland has seen promises to offer something for everyone, with a line-up including Stiff Little Fingers, General Fiasco and Cashier No 9.

From October 30, venues across Belfast will host an array of homegrown talent.

This major music event will then culminate with the star-studded MTV EMAs hosted by Selena Gomez at the Odyssey Arena on November 6.

Duke Special performed at the launch of the music festival programme and told the Belfast Telegraph it was wonderful to see the spotlight being shone on our city for all the right reasons.

“This is a really exciting time for the local music scene.”

”It’s twelve new songs based on photographs from the late 1800s and early 1900s,” he added.

“It will be the first time I will be performing them in Europe.

“I did the first performance of them in New York.”

“The MTV awards being in Belfast is a great thing and Belfast Music Week is a great opportunity for everyone,” he said.

Highlights of the programme include the Northern Ireland Music Awards and a benefit gig for the Alzheimer’s Society featuring Ash, Divine Comedy and The Undertones.

Special said that he is looking forward to playing his new material at the Waterfront Hall during Belfast Music Week.

For more information visit www.belfastmusic.org or pick up a Belfast Music Week pocket-size gig guide from venues across Belfast.

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