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Shine headliner Annie Mac stamped punters in on final Mandela Hall night

If you haven't done so already - don't wash that stamp off.

The final night of Shine at Mandela Hall was always going to be something special.

And though some may not realise it they may have been stamped into the iconic venue by the final headline act, the DJ Annie Mac.

Annie has said in the past how Shine inspired her interest in music after she spent many nights on the dancefloor during her years at Queen's University.

Radio Ulster DJ Rigsy revealed the idea of the DJ inking those lucky to be there for the final night was that of promoter Paul McErlean.

"Most people didn't realise it was her," he told listeners on her Monday night Across The Line show.

"And it's not like she is some faceless DJ, people know Annie Mac."

Rigsy Continued: "She was just acting like another member of staff as people walked in.

"And then some people started to cotton on - because she was just so straight at it. But it was so funny.

"Then people started to notice and cotton on and then she got mobbed and that was the end of that.

"But it was a really, really fun night, lots of nostalgia."

On Twitter Annie said it was one night she would not forget.

The basement venue in the Students' Union building at Queen's University is vanishing as part of a major redevelopment.

Over nearly five decades the Mandela, which was known as the McMordie Hall until 1986, has hosted some of the world's top local and international acts.

Demolition work is scheduled to start next month at the Students' Union, which was the nerve centre for civil rights activists at the university in the late 1960s.

The new purpose-built student centre and students' union is due to open in 2021 to cater for the university's 24,000 student population. In the meantime, the Elmwood Hall will be pressed into service as an alternative students' union and there will be additional facilities for a Speakeasy and club.

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