Rock The Hall

New Year's Eve concert line-up revealed for Belfast City Hall

Three of Northern Ireland’s hottest young bands will be joining headliners Supergrass and The Pigeon Detectives on stage at Belfast City Hall for a massive concert to ring in the new year.

General Fiasco, Fighting With Wire and Universal Remedy complete the line-up for the December 31 Rock The Hall concert.

'I’m sure everyone will agree that this is a really exciting line-up, with homegrown talent well represented,' beamed Lord Mayor Tom Hartley. 'I think this will be a fantastic event for Belfast and what better place to ring in the new year than in the heart of the city, in the grounds of the magnificent City Hall.'
Supergrass, who stormed the charts over a decade ago with their classic album I Should Coco, were back on the scene earlier this year with new album Diamond Hoo Ha following arena tours with Arctic Monkeys and Coldplay.

The Pigeon Detectives, meanwhile, have also been making waves recently, building up a steady fan base thanks to appearances on the festival circuit and being championed by the likes of DJs Steve Lamacq and Jo Whiley.

No stranger to winning over music fans are homegrown talents General Fiasco and Fighting With Wire. Both bands were part of this year’s Belsonic line-up and are being tipped as the next big thing.

General Fiasco are brothers Owen and Enda Strathearn and Stephen Leacock, from Magherafelt. They formed a band in 2007 and got their first gig at the Glasgowbury festival before going on to support big name acts such as The Wombats, The Pigeon Detectives and The Enemy. Their debut single ‘Rebel Get By’ was released in November 2008.

Hitting the local music scene in 2003 were Fighting With Wire, the brainchild of guitarist Cahir O’Doherty and drummer Craig McKean. Since then they have signed a five-album deal with Atlantic records and played shows with the likes of Biffy Clyro, Million Dead and Future Of The Left and are building a reputation as a must-see live band.

Finally Universal Remedy are a four piece rock act from Lisburn. Formed in 2004, the band have been touring local venues and steadily building up a fan base across Northern Ireland and beyond. 

Mark Mahaffy, managing director of Rock the Hall sponsors Cool FM/Downtown Radio, said: 

'We’re looking forward to the New Year’s Eve celebrations in Belfast. The line-up should attract a lot of people into the city centre. It’s a really exciting time for Belfast and we look forward to a great 2009.'

Rock The Hall will be compered by local TV and radio presenter Ralph McLean. Gates will open at 7pm. The concert will finish at 12.20am. Tickets are priced £5, are limited to 10 tickets per booking, and go on sale Thursday, December 11 from the Belfast Welcome Centre (028 9024 6609).

A special free Metro service will be in operation after the event for concert-goers presenting a concert ticket. Further information on times and routes is available from www.belfastcity.gov.uk/events.

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