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Thursday 2 October 2014

MTV European Music award scouts check out Belfast

Lady Gaga won three prizes at the MTV Europe Music Awards (AP)
Shakira performs on stage during the 2009 MTV Europe Music Awards at the 02 Arena in Berlin
Dave Grohl and the Foo Fighters perform on stage during the 2009 MTV Europe Music Awards at the 02 Arena in Berlin

MTV scouts have visited Belfast to check out the city’s suitability to host next year’s MTV European Music Awards.

Belfast is bidding to stage the 2012 event as part of a major three-year strategy to put the city on the map as a “world class music destination” by the council and tourism bosses.

The star-studded bash, which attracts global performers including U2, Jay-Z, Madonna and Lady GaGa, has been held in Dublin before, as well as Paris, Berlin, London and Milan.

It is understood the MTV scouts visited a number of key venues while in the province this week, including the Odyssey Arena and the north coast.

A decision on the host city will be revealed in the next few weeks.

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