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BBC Biggest Weekend in Belfast: Franz Ferdinand, Ash and Goldie among latest line-up announcements

More acts have been announced for the BBC's Biggest Weekend concert in Belfast.

Manic Street Preachers, Beck, Courtney Barnett, and Public Service Broadcasting have already been revealed to be performing at the Titanic Slipways in the city from May 25-26.

On Wednesday it was announced Franz Ferdinand, Ash and Goldie have also been added to the line-up, along with Orbital, Breeders, First Aid Kit, Young Fathers, and Little Dragon.

More acts will be announced in the coming weeks, while it has already been confirmed BBC radio 6 Music will broadcast from the event.

Lauren Laverne from 6 Music said: “The incredible line-up coming to Titanic Slipways in Belfast really captures 6 Music’s alternative spirit - from newer artists creating huge excitement to some big names that deliver brilliant live shows every time.”

Manic Street Preachers said: “The Biggest Weekend is in Belfast, which is good in itself.

"We’ve played there a lot over the years, we did one of the greatest gigs ever there back in The Limelight in 1990. And then we’ve had subsequently just lots of great gigs there, just amazing ones. It is good to spread 6 Music’s message far and wide.”

Belfast Lord Mayor, Councillor Nuala McAllister said: “Belfast is such a great music city; we’ve earned our stripes when it comes to hosting large scale events, as the MTV EMAs proved in 2011, and we really know how to enjoy ourselves.

"So I can’t wait to see the warm and enthusiastic welcome for the acts when they play Titanic Quarter. With coverage similar to that offered to Glastonbury across BBC Radio and extensive TV coverage across BBC One, BBC Two and BBC Four – and of course, online, The Biggest Weekend is also providing an amazing global platform on which to share our beautiful city, encouraging even more people to visit and discover what makes Belfast so memorable.”

Billed as a replacement for Glastonbury, which is taking a break for 2018, the festival will take place across four cities in the UK  from Friday 25 to Monday 28 May.

Ed Sheeran, Taylor Swift, Billy Ocean, Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds, Niall Horan and Snow Patrol have been lined up to perform at the festival's other venues over with weekend, which include Coventry in England, Perth in Scotland, and Swansea in Wales.

Around 175,000 tickets for The Biggest Weekend go on sale on Monday February 12 from Ticketmaster.

For more information, visit the BBC events website.

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