Belfast Telegraph

Monday 21 April 2014

The wrinklies of rock rattle their way to the Odyssey

A host of wrinkly rockers have been lined up to play at the Odyssey Arena over the next few months, it was announced today.



Rod Stewart, Meatloaf and Madness will be heading to Belfast as part of Aiken promotions autumn/winter schedule.

Rod returns to the Odyssey on November 3 while Meatloaf is back in the city on November 22.

On December 7 it is the turn of legendary Nutty Boys, Madness, to rock the Odyssey.

The announcement comes just days after it was confirmed that Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band are set to play the venue on December 15.

The first-class programme reinforces the view that Belfast is gaining a strong reputation among the world's top performing artists.

Promoter Peter Aiken said: "We are delighted that such a high calibre of artists has agreed to come to Belfast over the coming months.

"It's a testament to the city and its venues, which can more than hold their own against similar venues throughout Europe.

"Last month, George Michael chose to end his European tour in Belfast and was amazed by the crowd's reaction to the gig. Because of the audience participation, and therefore the unrivalled atmosphere in the Odyssey, he considered it one of the best nights of his entire tour."

Last year, The Boss, Bruce Springsteen, brought his Seeger Sessions Band to the Odyssey, performing a sell-out show for thousands of fans.

This year sees his return with The E Street Band, forming one of only two UK dates.

Peter said: "It's certainly a reflection on Belfast that Bruce Springsteen has chosen to come here on tour.

"Last year's concert was an incredible event for the city and made a big impact on the artist.

"The people of Northern Ireland enjoy being entertained and for a performer there is nothing more rewarding than playing to a hugely enthusiastic audience, for which Belfast is becoming renowned."

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