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Belfast Music Week: Quirky venues strike right note

A victorian palm house, a bus station and a city centre roof garden are among some of the more unusual venues hosting events as part of this year's Belfast Music Week.

In addition to the more traditional gig settings of pubs and concert halls, shows will also take place in theatres, cafes, malls and a record store.

More than 70 venues across the city will thrown open their doors to music fans from November 4-11 for the third year of the hugely successful event.

One of the most memorable venues is expected to be the Palm House at Botanic Gardens. Designed by Charles Lanyon in 1839, it will play host to a gig on November 7 featuring local acts Robyn Shiels, David C Clements, Katharine Philippa and Verse ChorusVerse.

Another highlight will be the In-Spired showcase at one of the city centre's most architecturally admired buildings, the Spires Centre. Co-ordinated by Katie Richardson of Katie And The Carnival, the gig, on November 6, will see some of Northern Ireland's best bands and artists working with each other.

Throughout the week a number of acts will perform at HMV record store in Donegall Place, including A Plastic Rose, Allie Bradley, Tom McShane, Master And The Dog, Burning Codes and Seven Summits. Singer-songwriter Aaron Shanley will perform on the Oh Yeah Centre's roof, while Farriers, Jarrod Dickenson and Gentry Morris will play on the Belfast Barge.

Translink has arranged its own talent contest and the winner will get their moment in the spotlight with a one-off performance at the Europa Bus Station. For full details, visit www.belfastmusic.org

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