Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 19 April 2014

Belfast set to rock as giants of pop arrive

Ulster is getting ready to rock as music fans across the province prepare for a busy season of big-name shows.

Over the next three months some of the world's best-known rock and pop acts will be coming to Belfast to play the Odyssey Arena.

Kicking off the schedule in spectacular style are comeback kings Take That, who will also be starting their Beautiful World tour in Belfast next week.

The world-famous pop group will play five nights at the Odyssey on October 11, 12, 14, 15 and 16. Tickets to see the band sold out within minutes of going on sale, but a limited number were released today.

November sees the return of Odyssey regular Rod Stewart. The Glaswegian crooner plays Belfast on November 3 and 4.

Latino heart-throb Enrique Iglesias will wow his fans at the Odyssey on Tuesday, November 6, while McFly, UB40 and The Stereophonics will all be in town throughout the month.

Emo favourites My Chemical Romance will make their Belfast debut at the King's Hall on Saturday, November 17.

US rapper 50 Cent will come to Belfast, playing the Odyssey on November 5. The star just announced details of the show last week, managing to pencil in a date before his music rival Kanye West, who will be at the Odyssey on December 1.

Also in November, Meat Loaf is back in Belfast, playing the Odyssey on the 22nd as part of his Three Bars tour.

December is particularly busy, with Madness, Wet Wet Wet and the hugely-anticipated return of Bruce Springsteen all lined up.

The Boss will be back at the Odyssey on Saturday, December 15 with his E Street Band in what is expected to be one of the highlights of the year.

Rihanna will return to the Odyssey on Monday, December 3, this time as a headline act, while soul diva Amy Winehouse will be at the Waterfront Hall on the same night.

Re-formed bands such as The Verve and The Pogues will round off the year in festive style. The Verve play their first-ever Belfast gig on December 17 while The Pogues will get the Christmas party well and truly under way at the Odyssey on December 22.

Other acts lined up over the next few months include Dennis Locorriere, Crowded House, 10CC, Beverley Knight, Alison Moyet, Squeeze, Rufus Wainwright and Harry Connick Jnr.

A spokesman for Wonderland Promotions said: "We are very happy to be welcoming some of the biggest names in music to Belfast this coming season.

"This is the busiest time of year for us and for music fans."

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