Belfast Telegraph

Sunday 23 November 2014

Star excited by Titanic site gig

Sean Paul will perform at MTV's Titanic Sounds festival on Friday
Sean Paul will perform at MTV's Titanic Sounds festival on Friday

International reggae and dancehall star Sean Paul has said he is "over-excited" to be performing at MTV's Titanic Sounds festival on Friday.

The Grammy Award winner from Jamaica will perform in the Belfast shipyard where the doomed Titanic liner was built as part of an open-air concert to be broadcast around the world.

Chart toppers Olly Murs and Pixie Lott are also on the bill and thousands of people are expected to attend.

Sean Paul said: "It is my first time in Belfast and I am over-excited. A lot of fans have asked me 'why do you not come here' but I have never had a booking here."

The festival-style concert will take place against the beautiful backdrop of the Titanic Belfast tourist attraction as part of the city's Titanic Festival to mark the centenary of the historic ship's launch.

Paul said the performance, part of a multi-artist gig, would be a teaser for fans, adding he was delighted at the expansion of dancehall music from its roots in Jamaica.

He released his debut solo album, Stage One, in 2000 and followed this in 2002 with Dutty Rock, which won the 2004 Grammy Award for best reggae album and generated four top 20 Billboard Hot 100 hits, including number one Get Busy.

In 2005 he released his third studio album, The Trinity, and collected another chart-topping hit, Temperature. His new CD, Tomahawk Technique, was released in February 2012 and has generated another hit, She Doesn't Mind.

Other artists set to perform at the Belfast event include Murs performing with a full nine-piece band, triple-platinum pop singer Lott, house artist Katy B and Rizzle Kicks.

Titanic Sounds is staged in collaboration with Belfast City Council and Northern Ireland Tourist Board, and will be filmed and broadcast across 153 territories around the world as part of MTV's World Stage series.

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