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Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival: Whats on - From fairytales to the contents of John Peel’s shed

Hazel O’Connor, Wednesday, May 9, Black Box, Hill Street You drink your coffee and I’ll sip my tea, and we’re sitting here playing so cool, thinking ‘What will be will be’.

They don’t write ’em like that anymore. And no one ever sang them quite like Hazel O’Connor.

These days, the punk rocker has returned to her folk roots, and has swapped that sexy saxophone solo for accompaniment from Irish harpist Cormac de Barra, who’s been her musical partner for the past decade or so. Not so much Will You? more You Will, You Will.

Expect a set that includes her original classics, like D Days and Eighth Day, as well as newer hits like Rebecca, Driftwood, and Acoustically Yours.

The Rubberbandits, Tomorrow, Festival Marquee, Custom House Square

Parking for this gig shouldn’t be too difficult — just leave your horse outside.

But it’ll be standing room only in the festival marquee as the dynamic hop-hop duo take to the stage for what promises to be a fairly raucous evening. They’ll be performing their new single, which not only promotes the benefits of respecting women the world over, but also revives that dying art of kissing (which the bandits call ‘shifting’). But no matter who they’re snogging, the guys are still wrapped in their masks made of plastic bags. What’s underneath there, eh?

John Peel’s Shed, Sunday, May 6, The Assembly Rooms, Waring Street

Every man should have a shed ... and John Peel was no exception. His wasn’t filled with lawnmowers, home brew and old flowerpots, however. It was packed with records. So when he decided to have a clear-out, he offered up his booty to his faithful listeners.

Which is how John Osborne came to be the proud owner of a box of records that took eight years to listen to. And then to write a show about them. His ode to radio, those records and anyone who's ever sought solace in wireless was a sell-out success at Edinburgh Festival Fringe last year, and promises to do the same here in Belfast, where a second show has already been added to the CQAF programme, due to public demand.

Journey To The Land of Giants, today and tomorrow, St Anne’s Square

Do you believe in fairytales? How DID the Giant’s Causeway come to be?

The wrinkled old narrator of this groundbreaking new production claims he was there when it was built! His memory might be a bit wobbly, but he’ll be recalling a swarm of Library Monkeys, Finn McCool and Samson & Goliath all in the one extravagant, unforgettable show. Live music, acrobatics, an aerial circus and carnival combine with an incredible outdoor stage set and a cast of 65 performers which promise to get this year’s CQAF off to a flying start.

St Etienne, Thursday, May 10, Festival Marquee

The coolest of electronic indie bands — the London trio named their group after a football team — are back with a new album, their first for seven years.

And this time, the emphasis is on pop, with a dozen upbeat slices of electro magic which they’ve created with some magic dust from Richard X — replete with Sarah Cracknell's gorgeously delicate vocals.

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