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Music fans hoping sun keeps shining as Belsonic festival comes to town

Belsonic 2016 begins on Thursday at the festival's new Titanic Belfast site

MUSIC fans will be hoping that the balmy Belfast weather continues this week as the Belsonic festival kicks off.

Dutch DJ Tiesto gets things underway on Thursday at Titanic Belfast and the dance music theme continues with Chemical Brothers on Friday and Faithless on Saturday.

The festival first launched in 2008 and had traditionally taken place in August, but this year sees 14 high-profile shows staged in both June and August, making Belsonic the north’s largest outdoor music event. The popular concerts had previously been held at Custom House Square in central Belfast.

Chart-toppers David Guetta (June 26) and Ellie Goulding (June 28) are two further big attractions, while the other June headliners are Bring Me The Horizon, Foals, Biffy Clyro and Stereophonics.

The August bill, meanwhile, will feature the reformed Co Louth sibling act The Corrs (August 18), ska favourites Madness (August 20), ex-Oasis man Noel Gallagher (August 23, with support from Catfish and the Bottlemen), Disclosure (August 24) and Fatboy Slim (August 27).

Sister Bliss from dance act Faithless said she was looking forward to playing Belsonic.

“It looks like an amazing festival. I’ve been coming to Belfast for years and it’s always had a really strong party scene.”

Festival organisers say that the new location at Titanic Belfast offers “a larger site with ample space for bigger and better food and beverage facilities, an improved VIP area, enhanced staging, sound and lighting”.

For the full festival line-up, see belsonic.com.

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