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Music: Bands enjoy fringe benefits

The Late Twos, Foundry, Bankmore Square, Belfast - Tomorrow, 9pm


The xx

The xx

Alasdair McLellan

The xx

This lively Belfast indie quintet play a headline show at one of many showcase gigs, in association with BBC Radio 6's Biggest Weekend Fringe, taking place across four UK cities, including Belfast, over the coming week or so.

Formed in 2011, their eponymous debut EP earned praise from critics and support from local and national broadcasting outlets, including BBC Radio 1 & 6 and RTE 2XM.

Support acts include all-female electropop trio Vokxen, Belfast alt-rock four piece Hand Models and Londonderry folksters Oisin O Scolai & The Virginia Slims.

Admission is free, visit facebook.com/events/ 126827054736389 for details.

The xx

Ulster Hall, Belfast

Monday, 7pm

Following the universal acclaim of their 2009 eponymous debut album, The xx were hailed by many as the future of British indie music and have pretty much fulfilled the expectations heaped upon them ever since.

Numerous headline slots at prestigious festivals across the world, several awards including a 2010 Mercury Prize and three Brit nominations the following year, as well as narrowly losing out to Mumford & Sons as 2012's Best British Group, they followed up their initial success with a number one album, Coexist, although fans had to wait five years before the release of another chart-topper, I See You.

Percussionist Jamie Smith has also enjoyed a very successful parallel career as a DJ and producer, but is back with The xx for their current tour which reaches Belfast next week.

For details, visit www.ulsterhall.co.uk.

Sister Ghost

39 Gordon Street, Belfast

Thursday May 24, 9pm

Another in the BBC Fringe nights featuring performances by four of Belfast's finest alternative bands.

Headliners Sister Ghost, a garage/punk foursome fronted by Londonderry artist Shannon O'Neill, draw on diverse influences ranging from Seattle punks The Gits and Sonic Youth's Lee Ranaldo to Kate Bush and Thin Lizzy.

Opening proceedings are fellow rockers Surf Green, Romeo Indigo Romeo and Alpha Twin. The Shizznigh DJs will be filling in between the sets and, like many of this week's BBC-hosted events, admission is free.

For more details, visit facebook.com/events/ 724654944407255.

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