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16 Belfast summer gigs from George Ezra and The Script to Nile Rodgers

By Jackie Bell

This year will be a huge summer of music in Belfast with a long list of music superstars set to perform on the local stages.

With Belfast Vital, Belsonic, CHSq, and Féile an Phobail all taking place throughout the summer months, music fans will be spoilt for choice.

Here's out pick of the top performers making their way to the city in 2018.

1. Nile Rodgers & Chic

Nile Rodgers and Chic performing on the Pyramid Stage at Glastonbury Festival (Ben Birchall/PA)

When: Friday, June 15

Where: Ormeau Park, Belsonic

The iconic funk band will take to the stage at the Ormeau Park to open this year's Belsonic celebrations.

Special guests for the massive outdoor concert include Soul II Soul and Queen & Disco.

2. Liam Gallagher

Liam Gallagher

When: Saturday, June 16

Where: Ormeau Park, Belsonic

The former Oasis frontman will return to the city following his sold out show at the SSE Arena last year.

Former The Verve singer Richard Ashcroft and singer Louis Berry will also be performing.

3. Picture This

Picture This

When: Sunday, June 17 2018

Where: Ormeau Park, Belsonic

The Irish duo sold out the SSE Arena and will now be performing to their biggest crowd in Northern Ireland yet.

The Kildare pair will also be joined by Lany and John Gibbons.

4. Timmy Trumpet

Pictured: Timmy Trumpet

When: Thursday, June 21

Where: Ormeau Park, Belsonic

Timmy Trumpet previously performed a sold out gig at Belfast's Custom House Square in August 2017.

Support acts announced include W&W, Marlo and Lucas & Steve.

5. Carl Cox

Carl Cox

When: Saturday, June 23 2018

Where: Ormeau Park, Belsonic

Carl Cox will be supported by Joseph Capriati, Peggy Gou, Ejeca, and Schmutz.

The gig announcement follows his sold out headline show at Belfast's Custom House Square in August 2017.

6. The Script

The Script performing in Belfast.

When: Sunday, June 24

Where: Ormeau Park, Belsonic

The Irish trio will be supported by Irish singer Gavin James, with further acts to be announced.

The gig announcement follows The Script's sold out arena tour in 2017 and the release of their latest album Freedom Child.

7. Eric Prydz presents Holo

Eric Prydz (Photo by Bradley Kanaris/Getty Images)

When: Saturday, June 30

Where: Ormeau Park, Belsonic

The Swedish DJ will perform his new Holo show, with special guests for the gig including Dusky, Camelphat, and Cristoph.

Holo follows several years of development work behind the scenes, using holographic technology to create and design a tourable holographic Eric Prydz live experience.

8. Iron Maiden

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Pictured: Iron Maiden

When: Thursday, August 2

Where: SSE Arena, Belfast

The iconic rockers will perform in Belfast as part of their Legacy Of The Beast World Tour.

Killswitch Engage will be Maiden’s special guest on headline European shows.

9. George Ezra

George Ezra (Matt Crossick/PA)

When: Friday, August 10

Where: Custom House Square, Belfast

The singer/songwriter kicks of this year's CHSq following the release of his new album Staying at Tamara's.

Special guests for the outdoor are still to be announced.

10. Olly Murs

Olly Murs (PA)

When: Saturday, August 11

Where: Falls Park, Belfast

The singer will perform at the venue as part of the 2018 Féile an Phobail 30th anniversary celebrations.

11. Kasabian


When: Monday, August 20

Where: Custom House Square, Belfast

The UK group were forced to cancel their Belfast gig at CHSq in 2017 after lead singer Tom Meighan became ill.

This gig will mark their return to the city.

12. Travis

Pictured: Travis

When: Wednesday, August 22

Where: Custom House Square, Belfast

Scottish band Travis will perform their classic album The Man Who at the Belfast venue.

The album spent 11 weeks at number one and sold nearly three million copies worldwide.

13. Kodaline

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Pictured: Kodaline

When: Thursday, August 23

Where: Custom House Square, Belfast

The All I Want hitmakers will perform at the city centre venue with support from Scottish singer Lewis Capaldi.

14. Rag’n’Bone Man

Pictured: Rag’n’Bone Man

When: Friday, August 24

Where: Custom House Square, Belfast

The Human hitmaker - real name Rory Graham - has quickly became one of the most talked about artists of year.

Special guests for the gig will be announced at a later date.

15. Stiff Little Fingers

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Stiff Little Fingers

When: Saturday, August 25

Where: Custom House Square, Belfast

The legendary Northern Ireland band last performed a sold out show at the venue in August 2017 as part of their 40th anniversary celebrations.

The will return with special guests The Damned, Buzzcocks, The Defects and Terri Hooley.

16. Martin Garrix

Dutch DJ Martin Garrix

When: Saturday, August 25

Where: Boucher Road Playing Fields, Belfast

As part of this year's Vital festival, Martin Garrix will be joined by support acts Martin Garrix, Steve Angello and Zara Larsson.

Garrix last performed in Belfast in June 2017 - headlining a night at Belsonic in the Ormeau Park.

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