Welsh rock band the Stereophonics are to play a headline show at Belfast’s Custom House Square in August.
The highly anticipated gig will take place on Wednesday August 24 and follows on the back of their recent number one album ‘Oochya!’ in March.
The album was the band’s eighth number 1 album in the UK and featured standout singles Hanging On Your Hinges, Do Ya Feel My Love?, Forever and current single When You See It.
It’s a special year for the band, celebrating their 25-year anniversary and several decades of success including 8 number 1 albums, 10 top 10 albums, 23 Platinum Sales Awards, 8.5 million albums sold in the UK alone.
The return to Belfast this summer will be good news for frontman Kelly Jones who revealed in February he can’t wait to get back to Northern Ireland for one of his favourite pastimes — sipping pints of Guinness with local fans.
Kelly told the Sunday Life: “I absolutely love doing shows over in Belfast so we’ll hopefully get back very soon.
“I think it’s a city that really responds so passionately to live performance. The way the crowd are so up for it and sing every single lyric at the top of their voices is a moving experience.
“I remember back in the early to mid Nineties we did the Ulster Hall which was an amazing gig and then we went on to do places like the SSE, Ormeau Park and Custom House Square which is a venue I loved playing at.
“The way you can see the city from the stage and the way people are on their apartment balconies just sitting having a beer watching the gig, it’s a very cool setting.”
He added: “I love going out in Belfast after a show you know. We just like going to a regular bar or two with the crew and just chilling out enjoying the vibe.
“What I love about the fans in Northern Ireland is that everybody just mixes and mingles.”
Tickets for the Custom House Square gig will go on sale on Friday 13, May at 10am and can be purchased from ticketmaster.ie.