Belfast Telegraph

Frontman Chuck D to join stars at technology showcase

By Staff Reporter

Public Enemy frontman Chuck D and some of the world's top tech experts are set to descend on Belfast later this year as part of a major new festival.

The ICONS festival is hoping to draw in some 20,000 people when the four-day event takes to the Titanic Quarter from September 24-27.

The line-up includes Hollywood producer Bill Daly - who oversaw film franchises such as Harry Potter and Sherlock Holmes.

And also speaking is Marvin Liao of Silicon Valley's 500 Startups group, which is a seed fund and young business accelerator.

Meanwhile, Jon Bradford, managing director of the TechStars accelerator in London, will also be taking to the stage.

The event's chief executive, Aaron Taylor - who has previously been behind the Friday Night Mashup technology event - said: "ICONS is open to everyone. From the free skills day for school students, to the careers carnival for all generations, our conference and exclusive music gig has a range of ticket options, which mean it's accessible to everyone from the boot-strapping start-up to the global chief executive."

Aimed at showcasing technology in all manner of forms, it's set to include live music, film screenings and interactive demonstrations, along with a 'food village'. And Tim Husbands, chief executive of Titanic Belfast, said: "We're delighted to host this major new international event.

"The combination of Titanic Belfast and the new Titanic Exhibition Centre will be superb venues for ICONS and we look forward to welcoming delegates and visitors in September."

The Titanic Exhibition Centre - which is due to draw thousands of visitors - was given the green light for an initial three-year term at a Belfast City Council planning committee earlier this week.

Belfast Telegraph