Fans not a-Mused as top band to leave out Belfast
Ulster fans of award-winning rock band Muse were disappointed today after the band announced a Dublin date - but no show in Northern Ireland.
Rumours were rife that the Devon three-piece, often cited as the best live act in the world, would play an outdoor concert in Belfast this summer after lead singer Matt Bellamy told NME a Northern Irish show was on the cards.
But despite the band's eagerness to return to Belfast for an August slot, it now looks like a summer concert in the city has been ruled out.
Muse will instead play one Irish date this year - Marlay Park in Dublin on August 13. Leicester rockers Kasabian, who performed at a sold-out show in Dublin Castle last summer, will join Muse as special guests.
The Marlay Park gig will be Muse's first Irish show since their headlining slot at Oxegen last year, for which they scooped the Irish Meteor Award for Best International Live Performance. They also scooped the Best Live Act at the NME Awards last month following their two sell-out concerts at Wembley Stadium last year.
Muse's Chris Wolsthenholme said the band was looking forward to getting back to Ireland.
"We love getting over to Ireland, we don't get to play there enough," he said.
"When we did Oxegen last year we had played London the day before, and were heading out to Denmark the next day, so it was just a case of flying in and out and not spending any time there at all.
"All I can remember is that it was very cold and we were the last band on. We felt very sorry for the crowd who had come to see us."
Chris said he had fond memories of the shows the band had played in Belfast.
"The first time we played Belfast it was part of the Absolution tour and we were at the Ulster Hall. The crowd went absolutely bananas. It was crazy. Then when we came back to the Odyssey Arena, it was the same madness, but this time on a bigger scale.
"The audiences in Northern Ireland are very like the crowds in the North of England. They tend to get a bit softer the further south you go."
Last month Muse released Haarp, a special edition live CD and DVD of their two sell-out shows at Wembley Stadium last June. Recalling the Wembley shows, Chris admitted that he had never felt so nervous in his life in the run-up to the double date.
Tickets for Muse in Dublin go on sale on Saturday, April 19, at 9am.