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The Stranglers to celebrate 50th anniversary at Belfast's Ulster Hall

The Stranglers will return to Ireland next year to celebrate their 50th anniversary
The Stranglers will return to Ireland next year to celebrate their 50th anniversary The Stranglers will return to Ireland next year to celebrate their 50th anniversary
The Stranglers will celebrate their 50th anniversary next year
The Stranglers will celebrate their 50th anniversary next year The Stranglers will celebrate their 50th anniversary next year

PUNK pioneers The Stranglers have announced two Irish dates as part of their 50th anniversary celebrations next year.

The legendary band will visit The Ulster Hall in Belfast on March 11 and Dublin's Olympia Theatre on March 12 as part  of their Fifty Years In Black Anniversary Tour, a run of live dates which will find JJ Burnel and co "visiting some truly special and iconic venues".

The Stranglers plan to make these milestone anniversary shows "extra special" by performing two sets showcasing the group's entire career to date, from their inception in 1974  through to their most recent record, Dark Matters, which hit number four in the UK album chart back in 2021.

Having enjoyed more than 25 Top 40 singles and 18 Top 40 albums over the past 50 years, the Baz Warne-fronted band will not be short on crowd-pleasing material.

Tickets for the Irish dates will go on sale at 9am on Friday May 19 via ticketmaster.ie.