Belfast Telegraph

Horslips set for Ulster Hall return after 30 year break

By Staff Reporter

Celtic rockers Horslips will play Belfast's Ulster Hall on October 26 – more than three decades after their farewell gig at the venue.

Horslips' supposed final show was on October 12, 1980, and the band chose the Bedford Street hall for their farewell.

They made no public announcement, just playing an encore of the Rolling Stones song The Last Time while Charlie O'Connor threw his mangled fiddle into the audience.

Some 40 years ago in October 1974, The Horslips played what would become one of their most memorable concerts in Belfast –again at the Ulster Hall – while on tour with their album Dancehall Sweethearts. Band member Jim Lockhart said: "Everyone one knows the Ulster Hall is special for us.

"Our last gig was there. Well, we thought at the time it was our last gig. Charles O'Connor is still looking for the fiddle he threw out into the crowd."

Barry Devlin added: "We finished in 1980 because we were knackered. We'd done 10 studio albums and two live ones in just under eight years and we'd played about 1,700 gigs.

"We're looking forward to getting back into the Ulster Hall. I still have the programme from the 1967 Queen's Festival."

Tickets priced £35 (standing) and £39.50 (seated) are available from, 028 9033 4455, or direct from Queen's Festival,

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