Northern Ireland

Belfast Music Week sees over 170 gigs across the city

Ash
Image caption Ash are among the acts performing during Belfast Music Week

A host of leading acts from Northern Ireland will be taking part in Belfast Music Week with more than 170 gigs across the city.

Ash, Therapy?, Divine Comedy, Stiff Little Fingers and The Undertones are some of the artists performing.

The week will culminate with the MTV Europe Music Awards on Sunday with major concerts at the Odyssey Arena, City Hall and Ulster Hall.

Snow Patrol will play at the City Hall.

Mayor of Belfast, Councillor Niall O Donnghaile, said it was "a hugely exciting time for the city".

"The excitement has been building steadily over the last number of months and weeks and now the final countdown is on," he said.

"It's such an exciting time for Belfast, and such a fantastic opportunity for us to showcase this great city and all it has to offer - including our hugely talented musicians - on a global scale.

"To host such a prestigious international event paves the way for Belfast to attract even more world-class events in the future."

'Unrivalled'

He said Belfast City Council had concentrated on making this year's Belfast Music Week "bigger and better, with something for music fans of all tastes and ages".

"When we organised the first Belfast Music Week last year it was a huge success with more than 63,000 people attending more than 100 gigs and events throughout the city and generating more than £1.1m," he added.

"This is a success story we wanted to build on and the line-up for Belfast Music Week 2011 is unrivalled in terms of what any other city is offering right now, with some really special collaborations and never-to-be-repeated gigs.

"Whether you're a fan of traditional or folk, classical or punk, rock or pop, we have something for everyone, and Belfast Music Week is the perfect opportunity to showcase that talent and prove our worth as a musical city."

As well as gigs every night at the Ulster Hall, some other more unusual venues will host live music, including a shopping centre and cinema.

There will also be performances on buses, streets and at railway stations.

A series of industry workshops will see leading names in the music business sharing their knowledge and expertise to "help support and develop Belfast's creative sector on an international scale".

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