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Music fans are having a Blast

Rock festival closes BBC youth event

By Maureen Coleman

Hundreds of teenagers are expected to pack Custom House Square in Belfast tomorrow for a live music festival.

The concert - featuring three of Belfast's best bands - marks the end of a five-day event aimed at 13 to 19-year-olds.

Blast, organised by the BBC, kicked off on Wednesday, with everything from film making to hip hop, animation, stage combat, music and even some circus performing.

The event offered a workshops and drop-ins including the chance to try out weather presenting, create your own animation and help create the Blast Maritime Sculpture which will form part of the BBC Blast Festival exhibition which runs in the Black Box gallery for two weeks after the festival.

Newsline's Donna Traynor who, together with sports reporter Denise Watson, hosted a one-day workshop at the festival for young journalists, said: " The great thing about BBC Blast is that everyone works together to learn from each other.

"The young get hands-on experience from established broadcasters. The 'auld ones' (like me) get an insight into what younger people are interested in and listen to their great ideas."

The festival's centre piece will be a big gig tomorrow with five young up-and-coming bands supporting the three main acts - Superfreakz, The Jane Bradfords and headliners Oppenheimer, who featured recently in the US comedy drama Ugly Betty.

The five young bands are: BBC Northern Ireland ATL Rockschool winners Nice 'N' Sleezy from Fermanagh, Magherafelt band Angelfall, winners of National Rock School; Banbridge outfit Diamond Shatter, Dungannon's Play the Thief and Crash Pilot from Derry.

There are still some free tickets for Saturday night's gig.

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Meanwhile, Clarendon Dock will echo to the sound of music this weekend as a two-day Rhythm in the City and Belfast Drums festival gets under way.

The event highlights include guitar legend Henry McCullough's band, All Ireland bodhran champion Paul Phillips and Ulster Scots broadcaster Willie Drennan's Nae Goats Toe.

The festival offers an opportunity to enjoy drumming from many traditions and styles and the chance to take part in a variety of drum workshops.

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