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Saturday 27 December 2014

Belfast's Belsonic line-up is music to ears of fans

Basement Jaxx, Suede, Jake Bugg, Steve Angello, Ben Howard, the Lumineers and Bullet For My Valentine are Belfast bound

Jake Bugg
Jake Bugg

Music lovers in Belfast are in for another special summer after the announcement of an all-star line-up for this year's Belsonic festival.

The city centre is set to come alive to a diverse range of rock, pop and dance with some of the biggest names in music booked for the summer festival.

The organisers of Belsonic 2013 last night revealed Basement Jaxx, Suede, Steve Angello and Bullet For My Valentine are Belfast bound for eight stunning nights at Custom House Square.

Launched six years ago, Belsonic has gone from strength to strength and draws in crowds of more than 50,000 music fans.

The festival initially comprised three nights and 2013 is set to be the biggest yet, according to organiser Alan Simms.

This year's headline acts also include Ben Howard, Jake Bugg and the Lumineers.

Electronic superstars Basement Jaxx will be the first big-hitters to take to the stage on the opening night on Friday, August 16.

And Welsh rockers Bullet For My Valentine will close the festival on Monday, August 26.

The bill was made public at the official launch party in The Stiff Kitten last night.

"What we aim to do is provide a couple of weeks of great gigs," promoter Mr Simms said.

"The key is to keep the line-up fresh so we are engaging with as many people in our great city as possible.

"Each year it is noticeably different. This year we have a nice mix and we're very proud of the line-up we have, it's fantastic. We're very happy, there has been a lot of hard work."

And with even more good news, Mr Simms hinted there may be one more stellar act added to the line-up in the coming weeks, with support acts being finalised too.

Previous headliners include Florence and The Machine, Paul Weller, Tom Jones, Kasabian, The Specials, Paolo Nutini, Madness, 30 Seconds To Mars and David Guetta among many others.

Tickets – priced from £27.50 plus booking fee – go on sale on Friday, March 15 at 9am from www.belsonic.com, Ticketmaster outlets and The Stiff Kitten.

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