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Fatboy Slim, The Corrs and Noel Gallagher to play at Belsonic

The Corrs (left to right) Caroline, Andrea, Jim and Sharon are among the new headline acts at Belsonic. Picture by Chris Radburn, Press Association

THE Corrs and Fatboy Slim are among the acts announced for five new Belsonic shows, making the concert series the largest music event in the north.

Madness, Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds, Disclosure, Fatboy Slim and The Corrs will headline the new shows in late August.

Nine other Belsonic dates in June, featuring acts including David Guetta and Biffy Clyro, have already been announced.

Alan Simms from Belsonic said the new gigs were partly a response to "phenomenal" demand for tickets for the June shows.

"We sold tens of thousands of tickets on the first day (for the June shows)," he said.

All 14 gigs will be held at Titanic Belfast, which has a larger capacity than Belsonic's traditional home at Custom House Square.

"We wanted somewhere central to the city, that was important, and somewhere iconic as well," he said.

"Custom House Square is such an iconic venue and now we're moving somewhere just as iconic."

The event is traditionally held in August but the nine earlier dates were booked for June.

"It's in its 9th year. We wanted to keep it interesting for people by switching the dates and venue in the same year," he said.

Mr Simms said several bands had expressed an interest in playing in August and he was pleased Belsonic could accommodate them.

He said he was looking forward to seeing two acts in particular.

"I'm looking forward to seeing Disclosure," he said.

"I've already seen their live act and will love to see it again. Noel Gallagher as well. He's just got so many good songs and he always plays a few Oasis songs too - they were a big part of my life in the nineties. But really I'm looking forward to seeing all the shows."

:: Tickets for the August events at Belsonic go on sale from Ticketmaster outlets at 9am on Friday.

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