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US singer Ryan Adams performs surprise gig in Belfast bar

US star Ryan Adams performed a surprise gig at a bar in Belfast on Thursday night.

The singer-songwriter is set to perform a sell out concert at the Ulster Hall on Friday.

However ahead of the planned gig, Adams announced on Twitter he would be performing at McHugh's bar in the city centre.

He told fans he would be kicking off the show at 11pm and entrance could be gained by making a donation to the Assisi Animal Sanctuary in Co Down.

A spokesman for McHugh's said the singer had been in the bar having a few drinks when he made the impromptu decision, adding the venue filled within about 15 minutes of his Twitter announcement.

Alison Kamble from the Assisi Sanctuary said they were very grateful to Adams for highlighting the charity.

She added: "We rely on every penny we receive so it is lovely that he would think of us."

When he arrived in the city on Thursday, Adams told his Twitter followers: "Very excited for these shows! Hello Belfast! That was a long long flight. Happy to be here."

The singer's gig in Belfast on Friday will kick off his current UK and Ireland dates, which will include Cork, Dublin, London and Manchester.

It follows the release of his new album Prisoner.

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