Belfast Telegraph

Rock around Albert clock in New Year

It's a Holmes coming for DJ David

Belfast city centre is set to rock around the clock this New Year's Eve as it rings in 2008 with a massive free concert.

Britpop band Ocean Colour Scene will be joined by leading local acts David Holmes, Foy Vance, Bap Kennedy and Tin Pot Operation for the huge December 31 shindig at the city's Custom House Square.

The gates will open at 7pm and the concert will finish at 12.30am.

Ocean Colour Scene were one of the front-runners of the Britpop scene in the early 1990s and during a 15-year career have released 12 albums, 11 Top 20 singles and had countless tours under their belts.

They released their latest single, Go To Sea, last month and their latest tour starts in Cambridge tomorrow. (Tuesday 4 December)

The band's best known singles include The Day We Caught The Train and the catchy Riverboat Song, used as the theme tune for Chris Evans Channel 4 show TFI Friday.

Local man David Holmes is in many ways synonymous with Belfast's clubbing scene, having been the driving force behind clubs like the now legendary Shine.

He has gained international prominence as a DJ and composer, most notably through his contributions to the Ocean's 11 series of soundtracks.

He recently launched a new band project, The Free Association.

From playing pubs around Bangor singer/songwriter Foy Vance is now firmly established on the international stage, and has been described by no less than Bonnie Raitt as 'one of the most soulful and powerful singers and writers I've heard in a long while'.

Foy has just completed his first album, Hope, and currently is working with David Holmes.

Bap Kennedy is another highly talented singer-songwriter, with his roots very firmly in his native west Belfast.

Formerly lead singer with The Energy Orchard, he has forged a highly successful solo career, ranking the likes of The Red Hot Chilli Peppers and Mark Knopfler among his fans.

His latest album, The Big Picture features contributions from Van Morrison and Shane Magowan.

West Belfast indie-punk quartet Tin Pot Operation formed in 2003 and released their debut album, Manufacturing Dissent, shortly afterwards.

Currently working on their new album, they have established a reputation as one of the few non-traditional bands to perform in the Irish language.

They will be supporting punk legends The Damned at their forthcoming Belfast show later this month.

Tickets to Rock Around The Clock will be available - maximum four per person - from the Belfast Welcome Centre in Donegall Place from tomorrow. (Tuesday 4 December

A special Metro service will operate on the evening, with outward journeys from the city centre costing £1 per person.

Information on routes and times are available from

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