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Chemical Brothers top bill at Belsonic's Titanic music fest in Belfast

By Lesley Houston

Global electronic dance act The Chemical Brothers have been revealed as the headliners for this summer's revamped annual Belsonic music festival.

The pioneers in electronica join a stellar line-up in an expanded Belsonic taking place at a new location and a new time.

The Manchester duo - Tom Rowlands and Ed Simons - return to the city for the first time since 2005 as the festival relocates to Titanic Belfast two months earlier than its traditional August slot. It now gets under way in June.

The Chemical Brothers, who were instrumental in popularising the big beat genre, headline the 20-day festival that also features a host of international stars like Ellie Goulding, David Guetta, Faithless, Foals, Tiesto, Biffy Clyro, Stereophonics, Bring Me The Horizon and Robin Schulz.

Belsonic shifts to Titanic Belfast from Custom House Square, where it was hosted for its first eight years.

The move is designed to offer better food and beverage facilities, improved VIP area, and enhanced staging, sound and lighting. The Chemical Brothers, who take to the stage on the second night of the ninth annual festival on Friday, June 10, have had six number one albums and 13 Top 20 singles, including two number ones.

Their latest album Born In The Echoes debuted at the top of the UK album charts last July.

The band received a Grammy for best rock instrumental performance for Block Rockin' Beats in 1997.

Tickets for The Chemical Brothers go on sale this Friday.

Tickets for the the rest of Belsonic are already on sale, priced from £29.50 plus booking fees from www.belsonic.com and Ticketmaster outlets at www.ticketmaster.ie.

Ugly scenes were reported last week when tickets went live.

Police were called to quell frayed tempers in an early morning queue outside DV8/Ticketmaster in Belfast city centre on the first day of Belsonic sales.

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