Belsonic adds Florence, Kasabian and Paolo Nutini

Overwhelming demand expands city festival of world-class acts

BRIT award-winning Florence and The Machine, indie rockers Kasabian, singer-songwriter Paolo Nutini and Stereophonics have been added to the Belsonic 2010 festival lineup, it's been announced this week.

Building on the massive success since the first Belsonic in 2008 and due to the overwhelming response to the current lineup, organisers have doubled the amount of events to deliver a total of eight nights at Belfast's Custom House Square this August.

The extra concerts add to the diverse range of artists already on the bill including Paul Weller, 2ManyDJs, Biffy Clyro and David Guetta, with the second phase of announcements marking Belsonic as a landmark annual cultural event for the city.

NI bands also feature this year, with Cashier no 9, General Fiasco and the Japanese Popstars playing alongside international icons, representing one of the largest Northern Irish outdoor music events to date.

Lord Mayor of Belfast, Councillor Pat Convery said the announcement was 'fantastic news for local music fans'

'Belsonic is a fantastic festival for the city, bringing together international and local musicians to produce really exciting events in the unforgettable surroundings of Custom House Square and there's no doubt that this programme will help to attract even more visitors to come and enjoy Belfast's welcome.'

Building on their 2009 sellout Belfast performance at St George's Market, Kasabian headline the opening night on 17 August. Now three albums in, the band are truly realising their ambition of becoming the UK's biggest rock act.

Scottish singer-songwriter Paolo Nutini returns to the city as headliner on 18 August. His last Belfast appearance last year at the Waterfront hall, sold out an impressive eight months in advance. Despite crashing into the mainstream in 2006 with his record breaking debut LP These Streets, the 23-year-old became a household name following the release of his 2009 follow-up Sunny Side Up, debuting at number one in the album charts, and going on to sell over one million copies in the UK alone.

The indie-rock songstress Florence Welch, better known as Florence and the Machine has shot to fame over the last 12 months, with her BRIT Award-winning debut LP Lungs, including the hit singles 'Dog Days Are Over', 'Drumming Song' and a cover of the Candi Staton classic 'You've Got The Love'. Florence and The Machine returns to Belfast on 19 August to headline day three.

Stadium-rocking stalwarts Stereophonics need little in the way of introduction, with seven studio albums under their belt, five of which were UK number ones. The Cardiff four-piece boast a huge back catalogue of hit singles including 'Mr Writer', 'Dakota', 'Have A Nice Day' and 'Local Boy In The Photograph', while their latest LP Keep Calm And Carry On was released to critical acclaim in 2009. The band come to Custom House Square on 19 August.

Tickets for the second wave of headline artists at BELSONIC in association with ABSOLUT are on sale now from The Kitten Bar, Ticketmaster Easons (Belfast City Centre),, all Ticketmaster outlets, and their 24 hr line 0870 243 4455.

Day tickets are priced at £27.50 plus booking fees. A limited number of VIP tickets (including improved facilities for 2010) are also be available at £42.50 plus booking fees. Tickets for the first phase of headline acts are still on-sale from the above outlets and you can view the full Belsonic 2010 lineup in our Gigs section.