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Calvin Harris gets ready for Tennent's Vital weekend in Belfast

Ellie Goulding and John Newman announced as support acts

By Lesley Houston

Chart-topping DJ Calvin Harris has been confirmed as the headliner for Tennent's Vital 2015 which returns to Belfast in August.

The Scottish record-breaking hitmaker will lead the roll call of bands to take to the stage at the annual festival on Saturday, August 29, with tickets going on sale this Friday.

Harris' appearance at the Boucher Road festival follows some of the world's biggest bands from two continents including Northern Ireland's own Snow Patrol, Kasabian, The Killers, Kaiser Chiefs, Kings of Leon, Franz Ferdinand, The White Stripes, Ash, The Streets and Primal Scream.

US rapper Eminem headlined the outdoor gig when it was held at Bangor's Ward Park.

Harris (31), born Adam Richard Wiles, appeared on the radar in 2007 and has released four albums within the last eight years.

The highest paid DJ for the last two years, he holds the record for the most top 10 hits from one studio album on the UK singles chart with nine hits, surpassing even Michael Jackson.

The man behind hits such as Bounce, Ready for the Weekend, Sweet Nothing and Let's Go, Harris has also teamed up with string of solo artists, writing and producing singles for Aussie superstar Kylie Minogue, former Girls Aloud turned X Factor judge Cheryl Cole, UK rapper Dizzee Rascal, chart-topping The Voice judge Rita Ora and singers Sophie Ellis-Bextor and Example. When he shared the same hit-making skills with Rihanna on her internationally successful single, We Found Love, it secured him his first US number-one single on the Billboard Hot 100. The video for the single was filmed in Northern Ireland.

Harris' first album I Created Disco was a gold-selling debut and from his distinctive sound emerged a string of top 10 singles including Acceptable in the 80s and The Girls. His second album, Ready for the Weekend, reached number one. His fourth, Motion, came out last November.

Tickets, £45, go on sale this Friday on www.ticketmaster.ie

Background

Tennent's Vital was first held in Belfast in 2002, near Botanic Gardens before moving to Ormeau Park in 2007. Northern Ireland band Snow Patrol made a home-coming gig to a crowd of over 40,000 in their native Bangor when the festival was held there in 2010. Traditionally a two-day event, last year the organisers laid on a surprise third date at its most recent home, Boucher playing fields, to bring Avicii to Belfast.

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