Crowds 'buzzing' at MTV Titanic gig

Published Saturday, 14 April 2012
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Thousands packed the Belfast docks where the Titanic was built for a free MTV concert ahead of the 100th anniversary of the ship's sinking.

Crowds 'buzzing' at MTV Titanic gig
Olly Murs performs at MTV Presents Titanic Sounds in Belfast (© Getty)

Chart toppers Olly Murs and Pixie Lott entertained 16,000 people who braved the cold to attend the sold-out open-air MTV Presents Titanic Sounds gig on Friday night.

The X Factor runner-up even jokingly vowed not to take his clothes off on stage because he was too cold.

Earlier Katie B, Rizzle Kicks and Sean Paul, who arrived in the city in his private jet, also wowed the crowds during the music extravaganza staged against the spectacular backdrop of the new Titanic Belfast building.

It is the second event organised by MTV in less than six months, after the star-studded European Music Awards at the Odyssey Arena last November.

The Titanic Sounds concert celebrating the opening of Titanic Belfast was held at the very slipway where the doomed liner was built by the Harland & Wolff yardmen and from where she was launched in May 1911.

Titanic sank to the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean less than a year later after striking an iceberg during her maiden voyage to New York, with the tragic loss of over 1,500 people.

Pixie Lott opened the show with a performance of 'Boys and Girls' followed by 'Mama Do' from her debut album 'Turn It Up'.

She also sang 'Kiss The Stars', 'Everybody Hurts Sometimes' and 'All About Tonight'.

Katy B set the stage alight with a powerhouse performance of chart hits from her debut album 'On A Mission'.

Olly Murs later took to the stage with his nine-piece band with performances of 'Dance With Me Tonight' and 'Please Don't Let Me Go'.

He was joined on stage with Rizzle Kicks to bring the show to a close with 'Heart Skips a Beat'.

Before the gig, he told UTV: "It's very loud here, the crowds are always amazing."

"It's obviously a 100 years since the Titanic was built... just to be here is great."

He revealed he had a look around the new Titanic Belfast attraction, which retraces the history of the liner.

"It's an amazing building, it looks really, really cool."

The open-air gig is among a series of events being staged in the city to mark the centenary of the ship's sinking.

It will be broadcast as part of MTV's World Stage series next month.

The centenary commemorations in Belfast will culminate in the unveiling of a memorial garden at City Hall on Sunday.

© UTV News
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