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Belsonic: Titanic stage all set for Tiesto,The Chemical Brothers and Ellie Goulding with gig-goers to get a kick out of footy fanzone

By Allan Preston

The stage is set for this year's Belsonic with just days to go before Tiesto and The Chemical Brothers open the two-month music festival.

Showing off the event's new home at Titanic Belfast yesterday, bosses also unveiled the Euro 2016 fanzone where up to 10,000 members of the Green and White Army will be able to show their support for Northern Ireland on Sunday in their opening match against Poland.

Festival organiser Alan Simms said he was as excited about the tournament as he was about The Chemical Brothers appearing.

"It's a stunning location and the acts are great, so everything has really fallen into place," Mr Simms added.

"I'm a big fan of The Chemical Brothers - I was at their first live gig at an art college when they were called The Dust Brothers in the early Nineties, back when I was a DJ," he said.

"I've been into them since then. It's a big highlight."

This will be the first year that the festival is held at the new location, following the move from its long-time home at Custom House Square.

"Because everything's bigger on the stage, we can have a production level above what we've achieved (before)," Mr Simms explained.

"We thought that the fanzone was something that we really wanted to do.

"It's a once in a generation thing, not only for Northern Ireland to qualify but the Republic as well.

"There was nowhere else in the city showing the games, which we thought was bizarre. We had a word with the council in March and the Irish FA, and we cobbled it together.

"It's a complete unknown for us, but the feedback we've had so far has been really stunning.

"We're going to have a lot of nice things to eat, a nice big bar, lots of things for families to come and enjoy.

"There are a few other surprises that we're working on that the Northern Ireland fans, in particular, are going to enjoy."

Helping him make the fanzone a reality was DJ and broadcaster Rigsy.

"This is the first time I've been to see the stage," he said. "The screen's going to be absolutely massive. I've just realised the scale of the thing. I'm pretty excited as a football fan.

"The cheesy line we're giving people is that it's the closest thing to being in France, but I think that's completely fair.

"Friday night, the big thing for me is The Chemical Brothers.

"I'm getting married in a few weeks and my stag is going to be Friday for The Chemical Brothers and in the fanzone on Sunday for the Northern Ireland game. So I'm not going too far, needless to say."

Among the big names playing at the Belfast festival are Faithless, Biffy Clyro, David Guetta, The Corrs, Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds, Fatboy Slim, Ellie Goulding and many more.

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