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Star Bryan Ferry sails in for tribute at Waterfront

By John Mulgrew

Bryan Ferry is set to join a star-studded musical line-up in Belfast next month to mark 100 years since the sinking of the world’s most famous ship.

Titanic: A Commemoration in Music and Film will be broadcast live on BBC Two next month — marking the centenary of the sinking of the Belfast-built liner.

The 90-minute long event will be beamed live from the Belfast Waterfront — just across the river from Harland and Wolff shipyard.

Ex-Roxy Music frontman Bryan Ferry is to top off the bill of international and local performers — combined with a range of archive and specially commissioned film.

Speaking to the Belfast Telegraph on Tuesday he said he was looking forward to performing in the city.

“I have wanted to perform in Belfast for a long time and am pleased to be part of the concert to commemorate the anniversary of Titanic,” he added.

The show will be accompanied by an array of visual effects, used to retell the story of the ship and those who lost their lives on its ill-fated maiden voyage.

It’s the latest in a long line of events to hit the city this year along with the launch of what is hoped will be the new jewel in Belfast’s tourism crown — Titanic Belfast.

According to event organisers, a final line-up of acts is yet to be confirmed but Ferry will be joined by Grammy award-winning soul star Joss Stone along with some of best and brightest talents from the world of classical music.

Janice Hadlow, controller for BBC Two, said the team was delighted to bring the commemoration event to audiences live across the UK.

“The concert will be a dignified commemoration of those who died and a celebration of the craftsmanship and endeavour it took to build this iconic ship,” she added.

Anyone interested in attended the event can register for complimentary tickets from noon today until 5pm on Wednesday March 28 at www.bbc.co.uk/tickets

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