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Belsonic announces Kasabian, Florence and Paolo Nutini

Florence Welch of Florence and the Machine at Glastonbury
Image caption Florence and the Machine are to perform on the third night of Belsonic

Kasabian, Paolo Nutini and Florence and the Machine are to headline as part of eight days of concerts in Belfast next month, it has been been announced.

Belsonic at Custom House Square in the city centre will also feature veteran Welsh rockers Stereophonics.

The acts will join previously-announced headliners 2manydjs, Paul Weller, Biffy Clyro and David Guetta.

Tickets for the concerts cost £27.50 and will go on sale on Wednesday.

Promoter Alan Simms said this year's event was more ambitious than in the previous two years.

"It's almost quadrupled in size, so it's really quite exciting for us," he said.

"The crowd will vary: there's stuff for older audiences like the Stereophonics and Paul Weller, as well as pop acts like David Guetta and Florence.

"Hopefully we'll get a good range of people, because we do need to sell a lot of tickets."

Mr Simms said the success of previous years made it easier to attract big names.

"Once you have a tried-and-tested event, you can show bands' representatives a list of people you've had previously and there's more faith in the event," he said.

Lord Mayor of Belfast Pat Convery said the announcement was "fantastic news for local music fans".

"Belsonic is a fantastic festival for the city, bringing together international and local musicians to produce really exciting events in the unforgettable surroundings of Custom House Square," he said.

Mr Convery said he hoped the concert would attract tourists.

Support acts for the latest concerts have not yet been announced, but a number of local bands are on the bill in the second week, including General Fiasco, Cashier No 9 and Japanese Popstars.

Previous Belsonic headliners include Dizzee Rascal, the Zutons, the Flaming Lips and Duke Special.

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