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Belsonic 2010

Nichola Eastwood


With August fast approaching, the Custom House Square in Belfast is set to become the site for the third year of Belsonic.  The festival, which started with a line up boasting the likes of The Flaming Lips, Mogwai, The Enemy and The Zutons, has been held annually in Belfast since 2008.

Previous years saw performances take place over the course of three days, 2010 however has seen organisers up the ante due to outstanding demand. There are now eight days of musical mayhem, starting on the 17th August and finishing Sunday the 29th August.

The line up this year boasts an array of sets to suit every musical taste.  The opening night closes with a headlining set from indie rockers Kasabian, they’re joined by local legends Ash.  The rock crowd can also be wowed by performances from Stereophonics, the Lost Prophets and Scottish trio, Biffy Clyro.

For those more inclined towards the electronic and dance side of things 2manydjs and Soulwax will storm the stage on the 26th, whilst the final night sees dance powerhouse David Guetta bring the festival to an Ibiza style close.

Florence and the Machine bring their ethereal indie pop to the stage in their sold out show on the 19th following Scottish crooner, Paolo Nutini’s headlining slot on the 18th.

The festival, which is the largest outdoor music festival in Northern Ireland to date, is a relatively small affair with one stage and crowds limited to five thousand.  Tickets are in high demand with VIP tickets for Paul Weller and Biffy Clyro now sold out.

Tickets start at £27.50 for a standard day ticket and can only be bought for individual dates, so choose wisely when purchasing.

For more information and tickets visit www.belsonic.com