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By Maureen Coleman

Fans of Queens of the Stone Age, who were disappointed when their concert date at the Balmoral Hall sold out within hours last week, will be pleased to learn that due to demand, their planned February show will now take place in the larger King's Hall.

Extra tickets, priced £25, are on sale now from Ticketmaster outlets. Book online at Existing tickets for Balmoral Hall are valid for the King's Hall concert.

Indie boys Athlete will be back in Belfast next year to play the Mandela Hall on February 8. Tickets to see the London lads perform Wires, Tourist and Hurricane are on sale from today, priced £19, available from Queen's Student Union. Credit-card bookings on 0870 243 4455.

Belfast's fad nightclub Stiff Kitten plays host to a Bloc Party DJ set next weekend. The band's debut Silent Alarm was hailed NME Album of the Year 2005 and their follow- up A Weekend in the City was met with equal enthusiasm. The Bloc Party DJs will be at Stiff Kitten on November 30, tickets £7 from the club. Radio K's Joe Dougan and Jim Harte will also be providing the tunes.

Cult legends The Damned are looking for local support acts to open the bill of their Twisted Cabaret tour, which comes to the Empire Music Hall, in Belfast, on December 15. The competition is open to everyone, from musicians to magicians, as long as they "can match the excitement and edgy vibe" of the show. So, if you recite the alphabet backwards standing on your head, you could be in with a chance. To apply, send an email with a link to a Youtube site (or similar) or mp3 of your act to

The annual feast of local music known as belFEST will not go ahead this year, the organisers have confirmed. However, the good news is the event will be back in 2008, bigger and better than before. Watch this space for more details.

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