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Belfast guitarist Vivian Campbell to receive Oh Yeah Legend Award

Def Leppard's Vivian Campbell will receive this year’s Oh Yeah Legend Award, it has been announced.

The Belfast guitarist (54) will be honoured at an event at the Mandela Hall on Saturday, November 11 which will run alongside the NI Music Prize.

The presentation - which will mark the end of this year's Sound of Belfast festival - will be followed by a live performance from Vivian with his current band Last In Line.

The musician said of receiving the prize: "I've been very fortunate that my life's work has also been my passion. It's an honour to be recognised for that, and especially so when that recognition comes from my fellow countrymen."

The guitarist is one of the leading names in rock from Northern Ireland, beginning with the global success of his first band Sweet Savage.

He has since written, performed, and toured with some of the biggest names in rock including Thin Lizzy, DIO, Whitesnake, Riverdogs, and Lou Gramm.

In 1992 Vivian found a permanent home with rock legends Def Leppard and this year he celebrates 25 years with the band.

Oh Yeah CEO, Charlotte Dryden, said: “Vivian Campbell is a global rock name, he’s fully deserving of this award, rock has played a massive role in the story of music in NI and Vivian is one of the trail blazers.

"We’re delighted to welcome back Blue Moon as our Live Music Partner for what will no doubt be a rousing night for fans of Vivian and a brilliant end to the NI Music Prize as well as the closing night of the Sound of Belfast programme”.

Previous recipients of the Oh Yeah Legends Award include Terri Hooley (2008), Henry McCullough (2009), The Undertones (2010), Stiff Little Fingers (2011), Gary Moore (posthumous) (2012), Therapy? (2014), Divine Comedy (2015) and Ash (2016).

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