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Thursday 2 October 2014

MTV plans concert for Titanic event

BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND - NOVEMBER 06: Singer Lady Gaga receives the award for Best Female from actor David Hasselhoff onstage during the MTV Europe Music Awards 2010 live show at at the Odyssey Arena on November 6, 2011 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Ian Gavan/Getty Images)
MTV will commerate the 100th anniversary of the Titanic disaster by holding a concert in Belfast
BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND - NOVEMBER 06: Model BB from Dirty Sexy Things (R) and guest attend the MTV Europe Music Awards 2011 at the Odyssey Arena on November 6, 2011 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Dave Benett/Getty Images)

A spectacular open-air concert staged by MTV will headline a three-week festival to mark the centenary of the sinking of the Titanic.

The music channel has announced plans to return to Belfast, the home of the ill-fated liner, to host the gig six months after it held its European Music Awards in the city.

The announcement came as plans for a major £1.5 million Government refurbishment for the dry dock where the White Star Line vessel was built were revealed.

The Thompson Graving Dock in the east of the city is being given a new lease of life after 100 years.

Titanic Sounds will feature several artists staged against the backdrop of the new Titanic Belfast tourist attraction on April 13. It is part of the £2.4 million Titanic Festival commemorating the loss of the liner in the North Atlantic on its maiden voyage.

Belfast hosted last year's MTV European Music Awards in November, with top acts including Lady Gaga, Jessie J and Justin Bieber.

An MTV spokesman said more details on the performers booked for the Titanic gig will be announced in the coming weeks.

Organisers of the festival, which will stage 120 events, have also promised the world's biggest ever digital projection lighting show and a public service marking the unveiling of a Titanic Memorial Garden within the grounds of Belfast City Hall.

Belfast's Lord Mayor Niall O Donnghaile said the festival would attract visitors from all over the world.

"This is such an exciting time for our city and this festival reflects the incredible interest in Titanic," he said.

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