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World class teaching, performance and celebration in store at first Belfast Tradfest

Robert McMillen
IF YOU have an interest in traditional music, whether it is playing or just listening and enjoying the lift in the spirits that it gives you, then keep July 27 – August 2 as free as you can because the Belfast Summer School of Traditional Music has metamorphosed into the Belfast Tradfest, a bigger and better manifestation of all that is good in one of our cultural treasures.

Gig guide: Live music for the week ahead

David Roy
Today Echo & The Bunnymen – Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival Marquee, Belfast Jason Lytle, Malojian – First Presbyterian Church, Rosemary St, Belfast Kitt Philippa – Upstairs, The MAC, Belfast Pete Doherty – The Limelight, Belfast Lisa O’Neill – The Black Box, Belfast The Gold Tips – The Duke of York, Belfast Lowkey – Oh Yeah, Belfast Asomvel, RBOTN, Stereo Nasty ­– Voodoo, Belfast Hello Casanova – The American, Belfast Marc Almond – Millennium Forum, Derry Reevah, Sonja Sleator, Ethan Hanna – Sandinos, Derry Linley Hamilton Quartet – Island Arts Centre, Lisburn Saturday May 4 Spiritualized – CQAF Marquee, Belfast Dick Valentine (Electric Six) – Katy’s, Belfast Mary Coughlan – The Black Box, Belfast, 2pm Barb Jungr – The Black Box, Belfast, 7.

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