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Neil Young rocks up for long-awaited debut at Belfast SSE Arena

Neil Young: SSE Arena, Belfast Tuesday, 8pm

By Patric Baird

Despite a career spanning six decades, veteran Canadian singer/songwriter Neil Young has never played a show in Belfast — until now, that is.

His current UK tour is in support of his most recent album, The Monsanto Years, a politically-charged concept LP. Along with his backing band, Lukas Nelson and Promise of the Real, Young will be running through his very extensive back catalogue. In addition to tracks from his current release, fans can expect to hear selections from some of Young’s best-known albums including After the Gold Rush and Harvest. Support comes from Laura Marling — for details, visit

The Answer

Limelight 2, Belfast

Tonight, 7pm (early show)

Co Down blues rock outfit The Answer wrap up a special three-date UK mini tour with an early show on home turf at Belfast’s Limelight tonight. They mark the 10th anniversary of their debut release, Rise, with a special live performance of the album in its entirety prior to embarking on a major upcoming UK tour.

Since forming in 2000, the four-piece with members hailing from Newcastle and Downpatrick have enjoyed a varied and successful career ever since being voted Best New Band by Classic Rock Magazine in 2005. Visit for details.

Lisa Hannigan

Black Box, Belfast

Sunday, 8pm

Co Meath-born singer, songwriter and musician Lisa Hannigan plays the only Northern Irish date of her current Irish tour. She will be previewing songs from her upcoming third studio album, a collaboration with Aaron Dessner.

Following the 2008 release of her double platinum, debut solo album Sea Sew, Lisa has played gigs all over the world, as well as playing with a diverse mix of performers including Herbie Hancock, Ray LaMontagne, Glen Hansard and Richard Hawley. Support is provided by Ye Vagabonds — visit for details.


Black Box, Belfast

Thursday, June 7, 8pm

Described as ‘the last grunge band left alive’, Seattle’s Mudhoney are back and partying like it’s 1992, bringing to their audiences the same kind of distorted punk/blues rock sounds which inspired their rather more successful contemporaries, Nirvana.

The band have been releasing albums on a consistent basis throughout their 28-year history. For details, visit

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