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Belsonic 2016: Corrs and Noel Gallagher on board as five dates added to summer fest

By Laura Abernethy

Belsonic will add five more acts, including The Corrs, to their summer festival line-up due to "huge demand".

Madness, Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds, Catfish and the Bottlemen, Disclosure and Fatboy Slim will also play in August, following on from the nine shows that had already been announced for June.

The August shows will take place over five nights between August 18 and 27 and organisers say that this is now the biggest outdoor music event in Northern Ireland.

The festival, now in its ninth year, will move to the Titanic Belfast site from its previous home at Custom House Square due to the need for a bigger location.

The festival had previously taken place in August but organisers had initially moved the shows to early June. They have now said that due to the demand for tickets, they have decided to add the extra shows later in the summer.

In June, The Chemical Brothers, Ellie Goulding, David Guetta, Faithless, Foals, Tiesto, Biffy Clyro, Stereophonics, Bring Me The Horizon, Oliver Heldens & Robin Schulz will appear at the new, larger site which will include an improved VIP area, enhanced staging, sound and lighting.

Belsonic promoter Alan Simms said the new site will mean more people can attend the festival than ever before.

"The new site also means there is more space for us to lay it out in a more user-friendly fashion," he said. "In previous years we found that a large portion, around 50% of the show was sold out, leaving a lot of fans not being able to see their favourite acts so we have been keeping an eye out for somewhere bigger but that is also a landmark site.

"The Titanic site ticks a lot of boxes with us, particularly the fact that it's possibly Belfast's most iconic building now. This capacity means we can really go to town with production, we can put a bigger stage in and more lighting and bigger screens.

"Having this site lay-out means having stuff for people to do when they are there, like bigger and better food stalls. We are now in our ninth year so I felt it's about time to shake it up."

The Corrs will play on August 18; Madness will play August 20; Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds, Catfish & The Bottlemen and Pleasure Beach will play on August 23; Disclosure, Kano and SG Lewis will play on August 24 and Fatboy Slim on August 27.

Tickets for the August events go on sale on Friday, April 29 at 9am from Ticketmaster outlets.

Remaining tickets for the June events at Belsonic 2016 are on-sale now from Ticketmaster outlets.

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