Ulster music fans get parties started
Ulster's music fans were today gearing up for one of the biggest party weekends of the year - with a wide range of events to suit all tastes and ages.
A number of events are set to take place in Belfast - including a concert for teenagers at Custom House Square and Rhythm in the City and Belfast Drums at Clarendon Dock - while there'll be plenty of family fun at the Belfast Maritime Festival.
But the largest - and loudest - event of the weekend will be the Portrush Beach Party, which will kick off tomorrow afternoon at the East Strand car park in the seaside town.
Up to 20,000 revellers are expected to take over the resort for the second Beach Party, which this year will be headlined by Brixton DJ duo Basement Jaxx and their colourful musical entourage.
Also on the bill are the legendary Happy Mondays, DJ posse Scratch Perverts, Radio 1 dance DJ Pete Tong and Belfast trio Alloy Mental.
Weather forecasters said Northern Ireland would miss out on the torrential rain hitting the rest of the UK, but warned of intermittent showers and cool temperatures.
In Belfast's Custom House Square, a host of local acts - including Oppenheimer, the Jane Bradfords and Superfreakz - will play in front of hundreds of teenagers as part of the BBC's Blast initiative.
And at Clarendon Dock, a two-day festival, taking place tomorrow and Sunday, will celebrate rhythmic cultures and traditions and will feature music from Wille Drennan's Nae Goats Toe, Jackie Flavell's Blues Band, Escape Act, The Greeters and Henry McCullough Band.
There'll also be Indian traditional dance, bellydance displays and Arabic drummers, as well as a number of exciting drum workshops.