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Electronic legends New Order to headline Belfast's Titanic Lockdown festival

By Maureen Coleman

New Order are to headline the Titanic Lockdown festival in June — their first appearance in Belfast for more than 26 years.

The critically acclaimed band, whose 1983 hit Blue Monday is still the best selling dance track of all-time, has added Belfast to their extensive summer itinerary, which includes an appearance at a special Hyde Park gig to mark the closing of the London Olympics.

Formed from the ashes of cult Manchester band Joy Division, New Order are renowned for pioneering dance music.

The gig takes place at Titanic Lockdown at T13, Ireland's leading Urban Sports Park.

Hydroponic founder and resident DJ Michael McKeown said: “The Titanic Lockdown line-up is really beginning to shape up.

“When we first came up with the concept we wanted to give music fans a selection of massive names, quality artists and a real mix of genres that no other festival can deliver.

“Anna Calvi adds something very special to the line-up, whilst New Order is arguably the most influential band playing in Ireland this year with their unprecedented crossover between alternative rock and dance music.”

Festival tickets will first become exclusively available at the all-day Titanic Lockdown launch festival on March 31 — the opening day of Titanic Belfast.

They will go on general release on Monday, April 2 from www.|titanic-lockdown.com and all Ticketmaster outlets.

On March 31, the Titanic Lockdown launch festival will feature a free all day-long programme of activities including DJ sets, local bands, continental food markets, live street art, urban sports demos, fashion workshops and firebreathers.

Activities culminate in a night time concert with cutting edge music performances from Roots Manuva, legendary DJ Gilles Peterson and London’s Soul Jazz Sound System.

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Brit Award and Mercury Music Prize nominee Anna Calvi has also been confirmed for Titanic Lockdown scheduled to take place on the double bank holiday Diamond Jubilee weekend, June 1 and 2.

Other acts already lined up include Happy Mondays, Ghostpoet, Factory Floor, Glasgow-based Errors and the legendary reggae producer Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry.

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