The Flaming Lips Head for Belsonic

New Belfast summer event in Custom House Square welcomes alternative music legends

Alternative rock heroes The Flaming Lips will be bringing their highly acclaimed, decidely strange live show to Belfast this summer for the inaugural Belsonic music event in Custom House Square.

Taking place in the convenient urban setting of Belfast’s Custom House Square, Belsonic will be a series of one day events bringing the best in music to the heart of the city. Other acts confirmed include Liverpool headliners The Zutons. 

Praised for their elaborate theatrical live shows, The Flaming Lips were hailed recently as one of the '50 Bands to See Before You Die' by Q Magazine.

The award winning and multi-platinum selling alternative rock experimentalists have won rave reviews for their exciting and attention grabbing performances at major festivals worldwide in recent years, and their appearance in such intimate surroundings represents a major coup for the organisers of Belfast's newest outdoor music event.

The Flaming Lips formed in 1983 and are known for their lush, multi-layered, psychedelic arrangements. Always critic's favourites, the band achieved international commercial success through 1999’s The Soft Bulletin, 2002’s Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots, and most recently 2006’s At War with the Mystics. Last year the band released their first live concert DVD of a hometown concert, UFO's at the Zoo: The Legendary Concert in Oklahoma City.

This year will see the release of Christmas on Mars, the forthcoming science fiction feature film from the band. In development since 2001, the film is scheduled to premiere on May 25 at the Sasquatch! Music Festival in the USA. A Belfast showing is likely to coincide with their appearance at Belsonic. 

An exciting addition to the local calendar, Belsonic will comprise a series of one day events combining established names with the hottest emerging talent. Each Belsonic show will be a multi-artist presentation with a festival feel, taking place in the old historic city centre alongside the vibrant Cathedral Quarter area. 

The concert site is overlooked by a number of landmarks including the historic Albert Clock and Custom House Building itself, and is set side by side with the newly emerging skyline of the regenerating Belfast. 

The central location provides for easy access to parking, public transport and hotels, the Cathedral Quarter’s bustling streets, and the bars and restaurants of the city centre, located just minutes away. Belsonic will provide drinks, food and other quality services within the square each evening.

Tickets for The Flaming Lips and full supporting bill on August 11 are priced at £35.00 (including booking fee) and go on advance sale from the Belsonic website at 9am, Monday, May 12 or from The Stiff Kitten, 1 Bankmore Square, off Dublin Road, Belfast. 

Tickets will then go on general sale from 9am Friday, May 16 from all Ticketmaster outlets and website. Ticket sales may be subject to service and/or postage charges. Tickets purchased at the Stiff Kitten will be at face value.