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9 things happening in Northern Ireland, June 11-17 - from Nile Rodgers to Liam Gallagher

Nile Rodgers (Ben Birchall/PA).
Nile Rodgers (Ben Birchall/PA).

This week sees Belsonic kick off in Belfast, plus plenty of arts, theatre and fun family days to keep everyone entertained - here's our pick of the best.

1. Maggie Yer Ma!

  • Grand Opera House, Be lfast, June 4-16

Life doesn’t stop when you drop a sprog, whaaa? Loveable rogue Maggie Muff is back with a bang in this highly anticipated sequel to Leesa Harker’s smash hit trilogy!

With Billy in jail for the biggest feg run heist in history and Maggie’s ma dropping a bombshell that will curl your toes, Maggie finds herself a single Ma. Big Sally-Ann is no help sure she’s become a Buddhist and is ringing bells and chanting all over the show! Life sure has changed for Maggie, but can she get back til herself? Til the way she was?

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2. Lisa Hannigan

  • Guildhall, Derry/Londonderry, June 12

Lisa Hannigan and her band will perform at Derry’s historic Guildhall

At Swim, Lisa’s third album, received universal critical acclaim. Produced by Aaron Dessner, the record followed the double-platinum, Mercury and Choice Music Prize -nominated debut Sea Sew, and 2011’s Passenger which charted at number one and earned Lisa a second Choice Music Prize nomination.

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3. Frank Carson - A Rebel Without a Pause

  • Lyric Theatre, Belfast, June 13-30
Dan Gordon as Frank Carson

Belfast funnyman Frank Carson blazed a comedy trail for over fifty years.

In this acclaimed one-man show, written and performed by Dan Gordon, we journey with Frank from his Belfast boyhood - where life was so tough even the arms on the chairs had tattoos - through his adventures in the army, and into the world of showbiz where he entertained Royalty, delighted Pope John Paul II and never forgot where he came from.

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4. Rathlin Puffin Patrol

  • Ballycastle, June 15
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Join Causeway Lass and Causeway Coast and Glens Heritage Trust for a pleasant wildlife spotting boat trip travelling from Ballintoy Harbour via Carrick-a-rede Rope Bridge to Rathlin Island's West Lighthouse.

Visitors will pass below Northern Ireland's largest seabird colony and have great views of Puffins both on the water and around their burrows.

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5. Nile Rodgers & Chic

  • Ormeau Park, Belfast, June 15
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Pictured: Nile Rodgers

Music legend Nile Rodgers & Chic will headline the first Belsonic gig of 2018.

The iconic funk band will take to the stage with special guests for the massive outdoor concert include Soul II Soul and Queen & Disco.

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6. Liam Gallagher

  • Ormeau Park, Belfast, June 16
Liam Gallagher

Liam Gallagher returns for his biggest gig yet in Belfast as Belsonic 2018 continues.

The former Oasis frontman will be supported by former The Verve star Richard Ashcroft and singer Louis Berry.

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7. Craft in the Country

  • Ballymena, June 16
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Enjoy a day of crafts in a rustic 18th century barn.

Participants will be taught himmeli, allowing them to create a unique planter which can be taken home and lino cut printmaking.

Refreshments and homemade food are provided throughout the day.

8. Kilbroney Vintage Show

  • Co. Down, June 16
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Now in its 33rd year, the Kilbroney Vintage Show has become one of Europe's largest gathering of classic vehicles from cars, tractors, motorcycles and much more.

Activities and facilities on the day include threshing displays, a funfair, face painting, trade stands, food stands, live music and children's entertainment.

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9. Picture This

  • Ormeau Park, Belfast, June 17
Picture This

The Irish duo will perform the huge outdoor gig following on from their sold out concert at the SSE Arena last year.

They will be joined by LANY and John Gibbons.

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