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Fresh awards night celebrates live music in Northern Ireland

Some of our best-known music acts are lining up to headline the inaugural Northern Ireland Music Awards — a major celebration of the vibrant live music scene.

The event will take place at the Ulster Hall on November 2, with performances from Stiff Little Fingers, And So I Watch You From Afar, The Japanese Popstars, Cashier No 9 and General Fiasco.

The awards are taking place during the upcoming Belfast Music Week, which will be marked in venues throughout the city.

Jonny Tiernan, publisher of AU Magazine, said: “Northern Irish music is in the rudest of health right now with bands like Two Door Cinema club and And So I Watch You From Afar gaining massive global recognition. We have a vibrant local scene and a better support network than ever before — with great recording studios, media outlets, photographers, film-makers and mentoring services, all helping Northern Irish musicians reach ever greater heights. These awards are a celebration of that.

“We’ve been lucky in that we’ve been able to secure a real wish-list of Northern Irish acts to play at the Ulster Hall on the night.”

Helen Carey from the Northern Ireland Tourist Board said: “The event is a true celebration of our rich heritage and the bright future that music offers us.”

Belfast Music Week runs from October 30 to November 5, 2011. Tickets for the awards are priced at £12 and are available from Ulster Hall box office and www.ulsterhall.co.uk

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