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Belsonic 2016 boasts 'biggest acts yet' after move to larger Titanic site

By Cate McCurry

Published 26/02/2016

David Guetta
David Guetta
Foals
Bring Me the Horizon
Ellie Goulding
Biffy Clyro's Simon Neil
Tiesto

Belfast's Belsonic music festival is set for a major revamp after organisers confirmed it is relocating to the city's landmark Titanic site.

The new Belsonic venue, which sits on the outskirts of the city centre, can hold a "significantly larger" audience, bigger names and better food and beverage facilities.

Festival-goers can also expect to see an improved VIP area, enhanced staging, sound and lighting and a vast open air space to watch the acts.

Fans of the annual festival will also see it brought forward to June from its usual August slot.

Among those headlining the festival is British singer Ellie Goulding, DJ David Guetta and dance music legend Tiesto.

There has been huge demand for tickets for the popular music festival and this year's ambitious line-up is the festival's biggest to date.

Belsonic promoter Alan Simms said the new site will mean more people can attend the festival than ever before.

"The new site also means there is more space for us to lay it out in a more user-friendly fashion," he said.

"In previous years we found that a large portion, around 50% of the show was sold out, leaving a lot of fans not being able to see their favourite acts so we have been keeping an eye out for somewhere bigger but that is also a landmark site.

"The Titanic site ticks a lot of boxes with us, particularly the fact that it's possibly Belfast's most iconic building now.

"This capacity means we can really go to town with production, we can put a bigger stage in and more lighting and bigger screens.

"Having this site lay-out means having stuff for people to do when they are there, like more bigger and better food stalls."

Belsonic spent its previous eight years at the Custom House Square in Belfast city centre but the wave of new acts, which also includes Biffy Clyro, Stereophonics and Bring Me The Horizon meant organisers had to find a more suitable site.

Mr Simms also wouldn't rule out whether further acts would be added to the bill.

"That's an open one in terms of more acts being announced. We are now in our ninth year so I felt it's about time to shake it up."

Tickets for Belsonic at Titanic Belfast go on sale on Friday, March 4 at 9am, priced from £29.50, from belsonic.com, Ticketmaster outlets and ticketmaster.ie.

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