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BBC Music Live at Laganside

Category : Music Live; Northern Ireland
Date : 01.04.2004
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• BBC Radio Ulster's Hugo Duncan launches Music Live at Laganside
• Ash to make special appearance at Laganside
• Alanis Morrisette and Paddy Casey in concert for Radio 2
• Cara Dillon at World on the Waterfront for Radio 3
• Free screening of Beautiful Night concert
• Rhythm & Soul Gospel concert with Steve Stockman for Radio Ulster
• Joint 1Xtra and 6 Music Concert for grand finale

The BBC has revealed its full programme of events and artists for BBC Music Live at Laganside from 28 April to 3 May.


The specially constructed floating stage on the river Lagan is to be the setting for seven amazing events and concerts, all of them free to the public as part of BBC Music Live.


BBC Radio Ulster's country legend Hugo Duncan takes to the stage on Thursday 29 April from 1.30 to 3.00pm to officially launch Music Live at Laganside, presenting a special live edition of his popular radio show with special guests.


Internationally acclaimed band Ash will also be making a very special appearance on the Laganside stage during the festival. Further details will be released in the near future.


On Friday 30 April from 6.00pm top selling American artist Alanis Morrisette makes a welcome return to the stage and is joined by Irish singer-songwriter Paddy Casey for an exclusive concert brought to you by BBC Radio 2.


Recorded for Bob Harris' Saturday show, Alanis will be performing her most famous tracks plus material from her much awaited new album So-Called Chaos.


Paddy Casey will also be playing his favorite hits and showcasing material from his exciting new album Living.


Home grown favorite Cara Dillon performs at Radio 3's World on the Waterfront on Saturday 1 May.


She joins headliners Juan de Marcos Gonzales and the Afro Cuban All Stars plus the award winning Warsaw Village band, Huun Huur Tu and Klezmatics for an extravaganza of World Music.


Performances run from 2.30 to 7.30pm and reflect a huge variety of music from around the world promising a wonderfully eclectic and colorful day on the waterfront.


From 9.00pm on Saturday 1 May those who were not lucky enough to obtain tickets for the Beautiful Night concert via the ticket ballot will be able to watch a free live screening of the concert on a giant screen on the floating stage.


The giant screen will allow 2,000 people access to join in the huge party which features Katie Melua, Alanis Morrisette, Bob Geldof, Dolores O'Riordan, The Cheiftains, Kila and Divine Comedy.


With solo performances, duets and medleys plus huge audience sing-alongs coming from two huge stages in Belfast and Dublin this is one street party not to be missed and Music Live at Laganside is the best alternative to actually being there.


On Sunday 2 May BBC Radio Ulster show Rhythm & Soul takes to the stage as Steve Stockman brings two hours of upbeat Christian music guaranteed to get everyone up singing and dancing with his infectious rhythm and enthusiasm.


Then finally, Monday 3 May sees award winning Roni Size headlining the grand finale of Music Live at Laganside with an exclusive concert brought jointly from digital radio stations 6 Music and 1Xtra.


Presented by 6 Music's Craig Charles and 1Xtra's Rodney P and Skitz, the concert features the best of the two networks with London rapper Ty, rising female D&B MC from New Zealand Tali, plus top Belfast D&B DJ Calibre and 1XTra D& B DJ Bailey.


The specially constructed stage on the River Lagan - Music Live at Laganside – will be a silver dome shaped construction built on 14 semi submersible pontoons linked to create a stage area 50 ft square.


Funded by Laganside Corporation it provides a unique and magnificent setting as part of the BBC Music Live festival.


With a total weight of approximately 50 tonnes, the stage will support a full lighting rig and state-of-the-art sound system and will be powered by generators located on dry land.


The weir gates will be closed to maintain a constant level of river so the stage once constructed will, for the artists, be like a regular stage on dry land.


It will be a unique and magnificent setting for 2,000 people to watch each performance.


The BBC Music Live festival runs throughout Northern Ireland from 23 April to 3 May and brings more than 50 concerts across all genres of music, most of the free to the public.


Street parties and educational initiatives plus opportunities for new bands combine with top international artists and the best of Irish talent to make Northern Ireland the music capital of the world for the 11 days of the festival.


Music Live at Laganside also forms part of the celebrations of 10 year anniversary of the Laganside development programme.


Since the opening of its first project, the revolutionary Lagan Weir in March 1994, Laganside has been responsible for regenerating 200 hectares of inner city land along the River Lagan and - including Cathedral Quarter - the work of Laganside has given Belfast a vibrant waterfront.


The Lagan Weir was the catalyst for all this success, breathing new life into the river and giving Belfast a riverfront to be proud of.


From residential buildings and leisure facilities to offices and quiet riverside pathways, Laganside in the heart of Belfast is now a wonderful place to live, work and play.


In celebration of the achievements over the last decade, Laganside, in partnership with the BBC, are delighted to be bringing this musical extravaganza to Lanyon Place – BBC Music Live at Laganside.


Susie Orr, Assistant Director of Marketing, Laganside, said: "The River Lagan will be brought to life for six days and nights, with a floating stage in the river at Lanyon Place.


"Promising musical delights to suit all tastes, this must-see event is the jewel in Laganside's crown and we are delighted to be working closely with the BBC in bringing this event to Belfast."


Ticketing information


More than 2,000 (subject to licence) places available for each event - some are ticketed, some are not. All are free.


Call Audience Lines for more ticketing and event information on 08700 100 125.


Details of all events are available at


Further details of the Laganside development available at


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Category : Music Live; Northern Ireland

Date : 01.04.2004
Printable version


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