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Last chance for: Custom House Square gigs

David Roy
BELFAST'S new downtown summer music festival hits its half-way point tomorrow night with an mostly local line-up featuring performances by Amy McDonald, Ryan McMullan and David C Clements and headlined by be-capped Bangor crooner Foy Vance.

Gig of the week: The 2nd Annual Gascan Ruckus Summer BBQ at QUBSU

David Roy
LAST summer, Armagh alt-rockers Gascan Ruckus came up with the novel idea of staging an all-day local music stuffed gig in Belfast with the added incentive of barbecue-cooked (m)eats Apparently, it went so well (excellent attendance, no reported food poisoning deaths) that they decided to do it again: thus, tomorrow afternoon finds The 2nd Annual Gascan Ruckus Summer BBQ taking place at its now regular home in the soon-to-be-extinct QUBSU.

Noise Annoys: All Our Exes Live in Texas return to Ireland

David Roy
FORMED in Sydney back in 2013 for the purposes of performing at an O Brother, Where Art Thou? tribute show, All Our Exes Live In Texas have been working hard on becoming Australia's premier four part harmony-powered country/folk outfit ever since.

Above & Beyond on Belfast gig, US success and new album

David Roy
With best-selling albums, two record labels and a weekly internet radio show, progressive trance trio Above & Beyond are one of the biggest dance acts around. As they prepare to perform in Belfast tonight, David Roy spoke to DJ/producer Tony McGuinness about achieving global success and why he rates Irish fans as being among the best in the world

Essential festival: Hilden Beer & Music Festival

David Roy
IRELAND'S oldest beer festival is one of the few reasons anyone might actually want to visit Lisburn. Conveniently, the annual Hilden Beer & Music Festival's location on the outskirts of Co Down's so-called 'city of life' means that you don't actually have to even set foot in Lisburn itself. Being just a short walk/stumble from the Hilden station, punters can let the train take the strain – though be careful not to fall asleep on the way home unless your intended final destination is actually Bangor, Portadown or Newry. Now in its 35th year, over 25 locally sourced musical artists are set to play the 2017 event at Ireland's oldest independent brewery, which will also be showcasing a wide range of Irish beers, ciders and spirits over the weekend of Friday August 25 to Sunday August 27. On the bill this year are the likes of The Bonnevilles, The Sabrejets, NASA Assassin, Protex, The Groundlings, Joshua Burnside and The Unholy Gospel Band, who are part of the full daily programme of music on offer at this fun, family-friendly festival. :: Tickets available via Tinyurl.com/hildenbamf .

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