New 'Titanic Lockdown' festival for city

Published Monday, 05 March 2012
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A brand new music festival is set to be held under Belfast's iconic Harland and Wolff cranes, with an all-day launch event on the opening day of Titanic Belfast - culminating in a nighttime concert at T13.

New 'Titanic Lockdown' festival for city
Gilles Peterson, who is set to perform at Titanic Lockdown in Belfast. (© Youri Lenquette)

Dates for a further two days of music as part of Titanic Lockdown have been confirmed as 1 and 2 June.

While artists are still being lined up for the two-day event, the T13 gig later this month will feature cutting edge performances from legendary DJ Gilles Peterson, London's Soul Jazz Sound System and Roots Manuva.

Titanic Lockdown is being launched by music collective Hydoponic Music.

Titanic Lockdown is unique to the music scene in Northern Ireland – a real music festival for real music lovers in an outstanding venue in unbelievable surroundings.

DJ Michael McKeown, Hydroponic

"The all-day launch festival on 31 March will feature everything from top class artists, banging DJ sets and loads of local bands to continental food markets, live street art, urban sports demos, fashion workshops and fire-breathers," Hydroponic founder and resident DJ Michael McKeown said.

"Titanic Lockdown is set to offer real music fans the chance to be part of the launch of Titanic Belfast."

Of the acts still to be announced for June, Hydroponic music promoter Andrew McFeeters promised: "Music lovers will not be disappointed - Titanic Lockdown is in the final stages of negotiations with artists and bands that will draw fans from all over Ireland.

"Titanic Lockdown will rip up the blueprint of formulaic music events, crossing genres from Rock 'n' Roll, Hip Hop, Dance, Soul, Reggae, Funk and World Rhythms."

According to organisers, the daytime programme of activity between 12pm and 6.30pm on 31 March is free to everyone - with under-18s welcome if accompanied by an adult.

The evening concert from 7pm until late is over-18s only, with tickets (available from the Titanic lockdown website and all Ticketmaster outlets) priced at £23 plus booking fee.

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I DON'T GET IT in Belfast wrote (897 days ago):
Why is there such a big deal being made about the Titanic?? SURE IT SANK!! It is a celebration of a big ship sinking and a celebration of all the lives that were lost. In one hundred years time, will the Italians be putting on a big event to mark the sinking of the Costa Concordia?? I think not.....
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