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Another Titanic treat as stars arrive for BBC Proms in the Park

By Maureen Coleman

Up to 11,000 people are expected to attend the biggest BBC Proms in the Park at the Titanic Slipways in Belfast tonight.

Tenor Alfie Boe will take centre stage joining a star-studded line-that will perform alongside the Ulster Orchestra.

Also performing will be Strictly Come Dancing couple Anton du Beke and Erin Boag, Grammy-nominated saxophonist Amy Dickson, virtuoso violinist Kirill Troussov, BBC Young Musician 2014 Martin James Bartlett and jazz singer Dana Masters.

The event is part of the BBC's prestigious Last Night of the Proms event, and tonight sees the Belfast element celebrate its 13th year in existence.

Sections of the concert will be broadcast on BBC1 and BBC2 on the night, or viewers can watch the whole gig on the BBC website.

Alfie Boe said: "I'm really looking forward to the concert. It's always a pleasure to celebrate the Proms with the audiences in Belfast."

Anton Du Beke added: "I wouldn't have missed this for the world. We did the Proms in the Park in London last year and it was incredible, but myself and Erin both love coming to Belfast.

"We always get such a lovely response in the city. Every experience we've had here has been tremendous."

BBC Northern Ireland director Peter Johnston said the proms was one of the national broadcaster's biggest events.

He added: "This year will be our biggest Proms in the Park in Northern Ireland. We have increased our capacity to 11,000. Everyone can be assured of a very special evening of great music with a great mix of talented local and international artists."

The event will be hosted by BBC Northern Ireland's Noel Thompson and Claire McCollum and is supported by Belfast City Council.

The Slipways will be open from 5.30pm, and as the event is outdoors, guests have been advised to dress for the weather.

Train and bus services will operate as normal on the night. And for anyone driving to the event, there will be clear car-parking signage within the Titanic Quarter, on approach roads and Queens Road.

Parking will be available in the Titanic Belfast basement car park, Titanic surface car parks and the Belfast Met basement car park.

The parking charge is expected to be £5, and exits from the car parks will be restricted after the event until the Queens Road is clear of pedestrians.

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