August 13, 2008

Belsonic Lives Up to the Hype ; Let’s Go Out

By Kerry McKittrick

If you haven't heard of Belsonic yet, been to Belsonic yet, or indeed actually heard Belsonic yet while wondering around Belfast, then you might just be the only person in the world left who hasn't. Belsonic - Sound In The City kicked off on Monday with the fabulous Flaming Lips. It will continue this week on Thursday and Friday night, and it really will be the only place to be in Belfast.

Thursday night will be headlined by shockingly talented The Enemy. These guys have had a meteoric career since their inception in 2006, their debut album went straight to number 1 in July 2007. They won the Q Award for Best New Act in October 2007, and the NME Award for The Best New Band in February this year. All this and these guys are barely, if even, out of their teens.

On Friday night the fantastic Zutons will be headlining. The Zutons are one of those excellent bands that you love even if you don't know it. They're the catchy tune on the radio or the TV, until one day you discover you can sing along with every song on their latest album. This was the band who had a smash hit with Valerie, which was only slightly overshadowed by Mark Ronson and Amy Winehouse. This festival is not just about the headliners though. Thursday night's supporting acts will include Reverend and the Makers, who supported the Arctic Monkeys earlier in the year.

Local bands Fighting with Wire and General Fiasco will also be supporting. If you haven't seen these guys yet, now's your chance.

Friday's support bands will include The Go! Team. Nominated for a Mercury Music Prize in 2004, their live show is so good they've headlined stages at Glastonbury, Reading and Lollapalooza.

Also playing will be Dublin band the Delorentos, and indie outfit Mystery Jets. Finally, you'll also get a chance to hear Mark and Tanya, the local Skibunny DJs do their thing as wonderfully as always.

Tickets for Thursday night cost Pounds 27, and for Friday Pounds 30, available from www.belson and over the bar at the Stiff Kitten.

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