Horslips lead Belfast Festival line-up

Published Thursday, 04 September 2014
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Celtic rockers Horslips are among the many acts announced to take part in this year's Belfast Festival at Queen's.

The folk rock group will perform at Belfast's Ulster Hall on 26 October as part of the 2014 festival programme.

The band is no stranger to the venue having played there on numerous occasions, with band member Jim Lockhart commenting: "The Ulster Hall is a great venue, it's got that stage and the big organ behind it. It's always been great fun, its mad stuff."

Singer and bassist Barry Devlin said audiences can expect "a bit of a boppy night" from the band.

The Co Tyrone star added: "They can also expect moments of nostalgia and hopefully a fair amount of sweat."

Horslips are reforming once again especially for the festival, and say they always get great feedback from the Belfast fans.

"They are just fantastic," said Lockhart. "People often say why did you keep playing Belfast in the 70s when it was an interesting time and the answer was because they were the maddest, baddest, best fans in the country."

Also featuring at this year's Belfast Festival at Queens is internationally acclaimed disabled dance artist, Claire Cunningham, who has been named as the festival's Artist in Residence for 2014.

She told UTV of her show: "I've kind if created a way of moving, a vocabulary of dancing that's very specific to using the crutches and very specific to my own physicality that has emerged from using the crutches for so long."

Festival Director, Richard Wakely, said: "We are thrilled to be welcoming Claire as our Artist in Residence for 2014. As a choreographer and performer Claire is a genuine inspiration - a breathtaking talent and we are privileged to be working with her.

"For over 50 years the Festival has been delivering new experiences to audiences and bringing new audiences into contact with the arts. We strive to spark debate, showcase diversity in its broadest sense and demonstrate that the arts can entertain, delight, inspire and transform. I am confident that the programme for 2014 does all this and more."

Alongside international artists the festival will also showcase the very best local talent with world premieres from theatre and dance companies including; Maiden Voyage Dance Company's in a new cross border collaboration with Dublin's Liz Roche Company entitled Neither Either; Kabosh's new production 20, which reflects on the 20th anniversary of the 1994 IRA Ceasefire; Brassneck Theatre's hilarious new comedy, The Holy Holy Bus and Aisling Ghear's futuristic and multi-lingual new play, Makaronik.

The Belfast Festival at Queens runs from the 16 October - 1 November. Full programme details can be found at the Festival website.

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