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Feile an Phobail: All Saints to headline 2016 west Belfast festival

Published 18/05/2016

All Saints were one of most popular bands of the Nineties
All Saints were one of most popular bands of the Nineties
Holly Johnson
Deacon Blue
Singer Frances Black
Mary Coughlan on stage in 1986
Sharon Shannon

All Saints have been confirmed to play at the 2016 Feile an Phobail Festival.

The recently reformed group will perform at the festival's Big Top on August 7.

They are one of the UK's biggest ever girl groups with 12million album sales. Their fourth album, Red Flag was released earlier this year.

They join Deacon Blue and Holly Johnson among the festival acts.

Deacon Blue were one of the biggest band of the 1980s with hits including Dignity and Real Gone Kid. With over 6m album sales the group reformed and released a new album, A New House, which was released last year.

They play on August 13.

Holly Johnson was lead singer for Frankie Goes to Hollywood which courted controversy in the 1980s - leading to their songs being banned by the BBC. Their hits including Thunderdome, Two Tribes and Relax topped the charts.

Johnson plays the festival on August 11.

Sharon Shannon, Frances Black and Mary Coughlan will play Clonard on August 9.

Last year headline act, the comedian Frankie Boyle's appearance sparked controversy with campaigners calling for the gig to be cancelled over the Scot's tasteless and offensive jibes at Down's Syndrome children and disabled people in the past.

More: Frankie Boyle unloads his vulgar repertoire to an audience of thousands, despite the outcry

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