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Kris Kristofferson coming to Belfast and Derry this summer

Country music icon Kris Kristofferson has announced he will perform two gigs in Northern Ireland this summer.

The singer will take to the stage at the Millennium Forum in Londonderry on June 25, before appearing at the Waterfront in Belfast on June 26.

He is also set to perform at The Royal Theatre in Castlebar, Co Mayo on June, 24 and Dublin's Olympia Theatre on June, 28.

Tickets for all shows go on sale from Friday, February 9 at 9am.

The Grammy Award winner has recorded 30 albums during his career, including three with pals Willie Nelson, Johnny Cash and Waylon Jennings as part of the Highwaymen.

Kristofferson has spent three decades performing concerts all over the world, in most recent years in a solo acoustic setting, which puts the focus on the songs.

“There’s honesty in the sparseness. It feels like direct communication to the listener,” he said.

“I still have more fun when I’m with the band, but being alone is freer, somehow. It’s like being an old blues guy, just completely stripped away.”

Kristofferson achieved remarkable success as a country songwriter at the start of the 1970s.

His songs Me and Bobby McGee, Help Me Make It Through the Night, Sunday Morning Coming Down, and For the Good Times all chart-topping hits, helped redefine country songwriting.

By 1987, it was estimated that more than 450 artists had recorded Kristofferson’s compositions.

Kristofferson has also acted in more than 70 films.

In 1977 he won a Golden Globe for Best Actor in A Star Is Born.

Tickets for Kris Kristofferson's NI shows are available from all usual Ticketmaster outlets, as well as the Millennium Forum and Waterfornt box office.

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