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Duo's US train tour pulls in for Belfast gig

By Patric Baird

The Illegals Empire Music Hall, Belfast Tomorrow, 8.30pm: Expect plenty of smooth Californian sounds tomorrow night as The Empire hosts seven-piece band, The Illegals. Fronted by The Commitments/Eurovision star Niamh Kavanagh, the tribute outfit take it to the limit by faithfully reproducing The Eagles' trademark Seventies vintage sound by playing authentic and original instruments from the era.

All the hits from the late Glenn Frey and Don Henley's influential soft-rock troubadours will be featured.

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The Wonder Years

Empire Music Hall, Botanic Avenue, Belfast

Sunday, 7pm

US pop/punk outfit The Wonder Years' current UK and European tour is here this weekend, in support of their recently-released album, No Closer To Heaven.

It's the fifth release since 2007 by the Pennsylvania six-piece, and their most successful so far, reaching number 12 in the US album charts.

The Empire's resident songsmith Ken Haddock brings his regular Sunday night supper club vibe upstairs from the Basement, along with his band and a special Burns Night bonus of shortbread and whiskey. Support acts include Trash Boat and Tiny Moving Parts. For more details visit

Billy Bragg & Joe Henry

Ulster Hall, Belfast

Sunday, 8pm

In March 2016, Billy Bragg and Joe Henry set off on a railroad tour of the United States, armed only with a couple of guitars and a yearning to absorb the kind of musical inspiration which comes from spending four days riding the rails.

The duo bring their Shine A Light tour as Barking's balladeer Billy Bragg, best known for his politically-charged compositions which have been charting social injustice since the Eighties, and US singer/songwriter Henry perform some of the songs spawned by the journey, as well as a few well-known numbers from their respective back catalogues.

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Crazy Town

The Limelight, Ormeau Avenue, Belfast

Sunday, 7.30pm

US rap/rockers Crazy Town take their name from their home city of Los Angeles, a place where the urban squalor of the South Central district exists just minutes away from the glitz of Beverly Hills. Formed in 1995, the duo spliced hip-hop's lyrical and rhythmic attitude with hard-hitting rock instrumentation. Their 2001 composition Butterfly topped the Billboard 100 and helped the band's debut album, The Gift of Game, to reach platinum status.

After splitting up in 2003, Crazy Town's members embarked on solo careers in recording and production until 2013 when they revealed that they were back in the studio working on new material.

The result was 2015 album Brimstone Sluggers, the name which the duo used prior to becoming Crazy Town. They will be supported by Ill Dose and BeemickSee.

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