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Ben Nicky Set to Return To Belsonic in 2021

Following his SOLD OUT Belsonic show in 2019, International DJ / Producer sensation Ben Nicky is pleased to announce a return to Belfast to headline Belsonic on Saturday September 04th 2021. Ben Nicky has become one of dance music’s busiest and strongest selling DJs in the world. Selling out major global iconic venues on his own plus regularly featuring on the world’s largest festival line ups including Tomorrowland, EDC, Creamfields, Paradiso, Spring Awakening plus many more.

His recent releases have been signed to Universal, Good Enuff, Mad Decent, Ultra & Spinnin’ Records with his musical style cleverly crossing a full spectrum of genres including Trance, Psy Trance, Techno, Electro, Hardstyle, Happy Hardcore, & Bounce to name just a few. Pete Tong has called him “… a multi-genre specialist” during his BBC Radio 1 Essential Mix. He has multiple #1’s on Beatport including ‘Hot Plate’, ‘The Donk’, ‘Funky Bill’, ‘Wonky’ all from his own label HDFK Records along with numerous top 10 releases on the iTunes UK dance charts.

Ben Nicky is without a shadow of a doubt the stand out, record-breaking star on the global dance scene. Having catapulted himself into the limelight to transcend well beyond his genre, tattooing his mark on the scene and outselling his peers to become one of the most sought-after globe trotting artists and online celebrities, with his social media interaction and viral videos second to none!

Ben’s unique, yet recognisable brand is sported by waves of adoring fans at his shows worldwide has made him stand out from the pack and quickly become one of the worlds strongest selling dance music artists. Selling out venues across the globe including the SSE Arena in Belfast and Ormeau Park Belfast, a 15,000 capacity venue with legendary promoters Belsonic – outselling many household rock & pop stars that same week! Diplo has even called him “The leader of a new movement in dance music’ on his Diplo & Friends radio show. Not to mention performing at the usual prestigious worldwide festivals including EDC Vegas, Tomorrowland, Creamfields (worldwide) & Ultra Music Festival. Outselling many household names in new territories is par for the course with Ben now as he quickly continues his quest for even greater global success.

With one of busiest DJ schedules in the dance music world, it’s clear to see why Ben Nicky’s popularity has soared over recent years and why waves of new generations are flocking to his events. 2019 saw Ben’s most successful year to date as his debut BBC Radio 1 Essential Mix aired in May, he sold out Ormeau Park in Belfast to 15,000 people in June and debuted on the legendary Main Stage of Tomorrowland in July. Ben’s online social media presence and interaction skills have resulted in hundreds of millions of organic views across all platforms over the last three years, ensuring your timeline is constantly reminded of the power & global reach of the Ben Nicky brand.

Ben’s well constructed, open format DJ sets range from 125 BPM to 200 BPM, keeping his audience locked in, fusing together well known classics with current drops and sounds in his unique Headf**k  mashups, with plenty of twists and turns, yet making it very dance floor friendly, appealing to the masses and making each set a unique audio experience.

2020 will see Ben Nicky conquer even more of the dance music world as he plans to release no fewer than 20 singles (including a collab with the legendary Steve Aoki) plus play to more people than ever before across multiple festivals & club shows worldwide. Ben Nicky’s online and offline entrepreneurial skills have pushed him into the upper echelons of world class DJs. If you’ve not yet been introduced to Ben Nicky’s sound then you’ve got to ask yourself just one thing: why not?

  Tickets, priced £30 + Booking Fee, on sale NOW from Ticketmaster Outlets nationwide.

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James Arthur Announces Headline Belfast Show

James Arthur today delights fans by announcing tours of both UK & Ireland and North America in 2022.

The tour includes dates at Ulster Hall on 28th March and Olympia Theatre on 29th March.

Today’s announcement lands on a special day –  the fifth anniversary of the release of James’s global smash hit ‘Say You Won’t Let Go’.

James  will be performing songs from his upcoming new album ‘It’ll All Make Sense In The End’ alongside his classic hit singles and fan favourites.

James says: “I’m beyond happy about getting back on the road and seeing everyone again. Playing shows for my fans gives me life and that’s been taken away for the best part of two years so needless to say I’m itching to get back out there and perform for them again. Coming to a stage near you soon!

James has sold over 30 million records worldwide and has to date released three hugely successful albums ‘James Arthur’ (UK No.2), ‘Back From The Edge’ (UK No.1) and ‘YOU’ (UK No.2), alongside nine solo UK Top 40 singles. He has had two No.1 smash hits and was awarded a disc for reaching a billion streams on Spotify with ‘Say You Won’t Let Go’, the No.1 global hit that brought the singer-songwriter from Middlesbrough back from the edge (it currently has 1.7 billion streams on the platform). James recently dominated the airwaves and charts with his storming collaboration with Sigala ‘Lasting Lover’. The track was a No.1 airplay song in the UK, No.1 on iTunes and Top 10 on the Official Singles Chart.

James recently signed a new record deal in the UK with Columbia Records, a co-deal with Columbia Records Germany, and announced his new album  ‘It’ll All Make Sense In The End’,  his 4th long play release, is coming later this year.

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Foy Vance Set For SSE Arena Concert

Singer-songwriter Foy Vance is pleased to announce his largest ever headline show at The SSE Arena, Belfast on Saturday 02nd April 2022. Foy’s second studio album on Ed Sheeran’s Gingerbread Man Records and the follow-up to 2016’s The Wild SwanSigns Of Life will be released on September 10 on CD, LP and digital formats and is available to pre-order. 

Signs Of Life is the sound of a beloved singer-songwriter at the peak of his powers. It’s also the sound of a man – a husband, a father, a sinner, a drinker – belatedly coming to terms with his demons. Driven by powerful percussion, “Time Stand Still” features a soaring, emotive vocal from Vance, who was struggling with an addiction to alcohol and painkillers at the time of writing.

“I had my first extended period off the road after twenty years of constant touring,” says Vance. “And I realised: wow, I drink two bottles of wine and at least a half bottle of vodka a day. I’d start the day with codeine to get myself sorted, and I’d smoke joints throughout the day. So I realised: I have so many incredibly bad habits here. I’m showing all the signs of death, getting ashen, grey, smoking more, drinking more, smoking more…I hit a wall.”

“It was my manager that made me get help,” Vance continues. “And in those moments, you do wish time would stand still. Can’t I just stop here and sit in this moment before I have to take up that mantle?”

Signs Of Life was recorded in three locations: Vance’s Pilgrim studio at home on the shores of Loch Tay in Highland Perthshire, another recording set-up in a nearby Dunvarlich House, and at Plan B’s Kings X studio in London. The album was written and played more or less entirely by Vance, with able assistance from young Northern Irish producer Gareth Dunlop. Serendipitously, Dunlop had been inspired on his career path by a chance encounter with Vance many years before.

“When I was around 14 years-old I wandered into a coffee shop in Belfast and saw Foy playing in the corner,” Dunlop explains. “I was completely spellbound by what I heard. It was a lightbulb moment that sent me on the road of wanting to discover my own voice and musicality. I would never have imagined that I would be co-producing a record with him 18 years later, and that I would be just as inspired and spellbound by what he does.”

Created out of the grimness of 2020, Signs of Life is an album of dawn after darkness, hope after despair, engagement after isolation, uplift after lockdown. It comes in bold sleeve artwork that reflects Vance’s desire to embrace all sides of everything, all humanity’s textures. Shot on a 160-year-old camera which does arresting things with colours and shading, the back image is of Vance as a bare-chested, bare-knuckle boxer. On the front, he’s in a dress, blonde wig and theatrical make-up.

“They’re just mad, striking images, and I loved the fact that it was male and female. You know, life’s extreme, life’s volatile, life explodes into reality sometimes, and stops just as quick. So to be struck by images on the cover made sense.”

At any time, Foy Vance’s new collection of songs would be a tonic. At this particular time, they can’t arrive a moment too soon. “That’s a huge part of it,” says Vance. “Signs of Life is about re-emergence – me in my own soft revolution, the world re-emerging in what we’re about to see as we hopefully go back to some semblance of normality. But just life in general – flowers growing through the cracks in Chernobyl. Life finds a way, doesn’t it?”

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