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Music: BBC's Biggest Weekend hits Belfast

BBC's The Biggest Weekend, Titanic Slipways, Belfast - Today & Tomorrow, 12 noon

By Patric Baird

Billed as the most exciting live music event of the summer, BBC Music and BBC Radio 6 Music have joined forces to bring spectacular live performances to four UK different cities, with Belfast's outdoor event taking place at the historic Titanic Slipways.

Featuring the very best of genre-spanning musical talent, both local and international acts kick proceedings off at midday today, with Father John Misty, Lykke Li, The Breeders and Public Service Broadcasting warming things up for headliners Manic Street Preachers, Beck and Orbital.

Tomorrow, it's the turn of Young Fathers, Little Dragon, Neneh Cherry and Ash to set the stage for Franz Ferdinand and Underworld.

For details, visit www.bbc.co.uk/events/efj3v2.

The Wood Burning Savages

Limelight 2, Belfast

Sunday, 7pm

The north west art-rock quartet has steadily built up a reputation as one of the country's most progressive and frenetic live performers since forming in 2012.

The band has released numerous singles and EPs, with almost every song an instant anthem containing passionate and sometimes vitriolic lyrics or, as the band would themselves describe it, "things everyone else are too afraid to sing about".

The bank holiday weekend bash marks the launch of long-awaited debut album Stability, and guests include Wynona Bleach, Molly Sterling and Waldorf & Cannon.

Visit facebook.com/events/1912946402280534 for details.

Thirty Seconds to Mars

SSE Arena, Belfast

Tuesday, 6.30pm

Formed by the Los Angeles-based Leto brothers, Shannon and Jared, in 1998, Thirty Seconds From Mars have survived all the vagaries and mutations of the catch-all 'alternative rock' genre by constantly evolving their sound while most of their musical contemporaries have fallen by the wayside.

With over 15 million album sales to their credit, the trio has consistently enjoyed sold-out tours and numerous headlining festival slots, while their energetic live performances and unique fusion of different music genres and experimental styles have led to comparison with bands as diverse as Pink Floyd, Tool and U2.

This tour is supporting their fifth album. Entitled America, its their first release in five years and debuted at number two on the US Billboard 200, becoming the band's highest entry on the chart.

Visit www.ssearenabelfast.com for details.

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