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10 things happening in Northern Ireland, May 21 - 27 - from Derren Brown to BBC's Biggest Weekend

This week is set to be a scorcher in Northern Ireland and there's plenty of music, arts and theatre to enjoy amid the sunshine.

Here's our top picks of what's happening over the next seven days.

1. Derren Brown: Underground

  • Grand Opera House, Belfast - May 22-26
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Direct from the West End, the multi-award winning master of mind-control and psychological illusion returns to amaze, astonish and enthral audiences with his latest smash hit show.

Bringing together a collection of the very best of his work, Derren Brown: Underground promises a jaw-dropping experience of magical genius and epic showmanship not to be missed.

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  • Boombox, Belfast - May 25
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The superstar DJ will be checking in to Boombox to help celebrate the club night’s 6th birthday, as part of the BBC Music’s Biggest Weekend Fringe.

From Number one in the charts with Katie B and Tinie Tempah, to ruling the Underground with recent smash Hate Me, KDA is one of the most in-demand DJs and biggest names in dance music right now.

3. Demi Lovato

  • SSE Arena, Belfast - May 24
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The Sorry Not Sorry singer will kick off her additional Tell Me You Love Me Tour dates at the SSE Arena in Belfast.

The 19-city European run will also see Lovato perform in Oslo, Paris, London and Madrid.

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4. Game of Thrones Live Concert Experience

  • SSE, Arena, Belfast - May 25
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The critically acclaimed Game of Thrones Live Concert Experience will bring the world of Westeros to Belfast, giving fans the opportunity to watch in wonder as famed composer Ramin Djawadi leads an orchestra and choir performing music from all seven seasons of the iconic HBO series.

For more information, visit

5. BBC Music: The Biggest Weekend

  • Titanic slipways, Belfast - May 25-26
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BBC’s Biggest Weekend ever comes to the Titanic slipways. Included in the line-up are Manic Street Preachers, Franz Ferdinand and Beck, amongst many other great acts.

For more information, visit

6. Armagh Craft Fair

  • Market Place Theatre, Armagh - May 26
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Meet the makers and buy beautiful high quality handcrafted goods as 45 handpicked designers, artists and craftspeople nationwide are showcased at the Armagh Craft Fair.

The event is held at the Market Place Theatre and includes workshops, demonstrations and live music.

For more information, visit

7. Portrush Raft Race Weekend

  • Portrush - May 26-27
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The Portrush Raft Race, in aid of RNLI, is one of the most popular family fun days on the North Coast.

Large crowds of spectators gather to watch as the ‘home-made’ rafts race from the West Strand beach to the finishing line in the harbour.

For more information, visit

8. Puppet Festival

  • Conway Square, Newtownards - May 26-28
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The Puppet Festival brings a programme jam-packed with fun and antics.

With performances, workshops and plenty of quirky characters to meet, there’s something for everyone.

For more information, visit

9. Enniskillen Country Fair

  • Florence Court, Enniskillen - May 27
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Florence Court hosts its annual Country Fair, which is one of the most popular family-fun days in Fermanagh throughout the year.

The fair includes live music, craft stalls, outdoor activities, face painting, house tours, forge demonstrations and much more.

For more information, visit

10. Race for Life

  • Belfast - May 27
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Meeting at the Stormont Parliament Buildings the Race for Life is a sponsored race for Cancer Research UK where participants are encouraged to wear pink.

Take on the 5K race or the muddy obstacle course in the name of beating cancer.

For more information, visit

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