Belsonic in association with Absolut returns to Belfast’s Custom House Square this August 2012 with another stellar line up! Music Scene is delighted to unveil all the necessary details you may require for planning your visit to Custom House Square for Belsonic 2012. First of all, let’s get things started by noting that tickets for all the below Belsonic 2012 shows are on sale now and you can book your tickets by clicking through each associated link below. Another thing to not is that Custom House Square in Belfast is approximately a 60 minute drive from Dublin without breaking any speed limits! So here goes…
Three time Grammy Award winning American Dance music producer Skrillex, aka Sonny Moore, returns to Belfast on Wednesday the 15th of August 2012 to headline Belsonic, presenting a brand new groundbreaking Audio Visual live show. Skrillex exploded onto the UK music scene in early 2011 with the crossover EPs Scary Monsters and Nice Sprites and Bangarang, both of which captivated Dance and Rock fans alike. He was named the 2011 MTV Electronic Dance Music artist of the year (ahead of massive DJs like Deadmau5 and David Guetta), and was one of the BBC Sound of 2012 poll nominees. Despite the lack of a full debut LP, Skrillex is now selling out arena sized venues across the globe, and is renowned for his hugely innovative concert productions.
Madness will be performing live at Belsonic on Friday the 17th of August 2012, their first Belfast appearance since headlining at The Odyssey Arena in December 2009. Seminal 2Tone / Ska 7 piece Madness are one the most successful British acts of all time. Their 1979 debut LP One Step Beyond is considered a classic album, and was a key release during the late 70s Ska Revival centred in London. Subsequent hit single releases include House Of Fun, Baggy Trousers, It Music Be Love and Our House, along with 6 UK Top 10 LPs.
Madness continue to perform live with the core line-up which founded the band over 30 years ago, including cult front-man Graham “Suggs” McPherson. A brand new studio LP is expected later this year, following up the highly successful 2009 release The Liberty Of Norton Folgate.
Thin Lizzy and The Darkness will be performing live on stage at Custom House Square on Saturday the 18th of August 2012. Both being fantastic rock additions to this years Belsonic line up.
Two Door Cinema Club take to the stage as headliners of Belsonic on Thursday the 23rd of August 2012 – their biggest Irish headline performance to date. Not since Snow Patrol can Northern Ireland boast a bigger success story in music than Two Door Cinema Club. Natives of Bangor town, this indie-rock three piece released their hugely successful debut LP Tourist History on French imprint Kitsune Maison in 2010, and have gone on to build huge fan bases in every corner of the globe. The Choice Music Prize winning LP spawned hit singles Something Good Can Work, What You Know and I Can Talk. The band are currently touring the UK, headlining the highly prestigious NME Awards Tour, while work is underway on their eagerly anticipated sophomore LP release. Noah & The Whale and Cast Of Cheers will also be joining Two Door Cinema Club at Belsonic on August 23rd.
To get things moving onto the solo artist aspect of Belsonic 2012, Tom Jones kicks things of when he performs live on Friday the 24th of August 2012. Tom Jones’ 46-year career has remarkably gone from strength to strength. Along with sustaining his popularity as a live performer and recording artist for more than four decades, he has garnered–at the age of 71–the best reviews of his career for his recent album, Praise & Blame (Island/Universal). Critics across the world are unanimous in their approval and admiration for both the recorded work and the performance of it in concert.
The following night, Saturday August 25th sees the hunky James Morrison take to the stage for his always pleasing live show. James Morrison’ incredible third album The Awakening has just been released on Island Records. The album, his first for the label, was produced by Bernard Butler and was recorded at Konk studios in London. It follows the huge global success of James’ previous two albums which, together, have sold more than 4.5 million copies worldwide. His 2006 debut album Undiscovered topped the UK album chart whilst the 2008 follow-up album Songs For You, Truths For Me included Broken Strings, the collaboration with Nelly Furtado which sold in excess of 1.5 million copies.
French superstar DJ David Guetta, the world’s most prolific chart-topping producer will play this year’s Belsonic on Sunday the 26th of August 2012. David Guetta is without doubt, the world’s most prolific chart-topping producer, boasting countless hits, and millions of records sales across the globe. His blistering Belfast debut performance on the closing night of Belsonic 2010 sold out months in advance, and those lucky enough to attend were treated to a massive audio / visual show, featuring a full set of Guetta’s best known hits. He returns to Belsonic on Sunday 26 August to present a mind blowing, all new live show.
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