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No Hot Ashes. Limelight 2, Belfast - Tonight, 7pm


By Patric Baird

Readers of a certain age will remember when these 1980s local rockers shared bills with the likes of Mama's Boys, and bands such as Sample and Hold and St Vitus Dance were pulling in the crowds during the peak of the Troubles. No Hot Ashes went their separate ways in 1990, but following a reunion show in 2013 to mark the closure of iconic Belfast rock venue The Rosetta, they have been performing together ever since. Support comes from FM. Visit for details.

The Stranglers, Ulster Hall, Belfast

Tonight, 7pm

One of punk rock's last remaining acts returns to Belfast tomorrow, following the cancellation of their show last month.

The Stanglers' '70s heyday produced several top 10 singles including No More Heroes, Peaches and Golden Brown, although the band have been touring and releasing albums consistently ever since their formation in 1974.

Support comes from Larne rock gods Therapy?

All tickets remain valid for the rescheduled show, whilst remaining tickets for the rescheduled date are on sale.

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Toto, Waterfront Hall, Belfast

Tomorrow, 7.30pm

Formed in Los Angeles in 1976, Toto enjoyed huge success on both sides of the Atlantic during the late 1970s and early 1980s.

While their style of soft rock became deeply unfashionable in the following decades, Toto continued to tour and record.

Expect to hear some of the band's standout tracks, including Hold the Line, Africa and Rosanna, as well as some of their lesser-known hits. There is no support and the show starts at 8pm.

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Marillion, Ulster Hall, Belfast

Sunday, 7.30pm

Despite missing out on the 1970s glory days of progressive rock when the likes of Yes, Genesis and King Crimson were the default choice of fandom for musically advanced young adults, Marillion's surprising success during a time when the genre was deeply unfashionable was due in part to the songwriting skills, powerful voice and charismatic performance of their then-lead singer, Fish.

The band play on with 18 studio albums behind them and a consistent touring schedule which reaches the Ulster Hall on Sunday.

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