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25 juillet 2007

Cult stars bound for Belfast

Two legendary bands will be making rare appearances in Northern Ireland this autumn as part of the 2007 Belfast Festival at Queen's.

Iconic Scottish group The Blue Nile and The Blind Boys of Alabama will both be appearing at the Grand Opera House as part of the two-week long festival, which kicks off in October.

The Blue Nile were formed over 25 years ago and in that time have released just four critically-acclaimed albums. The band have built up a cult following, including well-known fans such as Tom Jones, Annie Lennox, Peter Gabriel, Rod Stewart and Isaac Hayes. Meanwhile, The Blind Boys of Alabama, considered one of the world's finest soul gospel groups, will also be bringing their unique style of music to the festival. Formed almost 70 years ago, they predate legendary performers such as Elvis. They are still at the top of the gospel charts and have won an impressive four consecutive Grammy Awards over the past four years.

Graeme Farrow, director of the Belfast Festival at Queen's, said: "It should be a real treat to hear live music of such a high calibre in this unique setting. Music fans can look forward to two more exciting announcements for the same venue when we launch the full festival programme in September."

Tickets for the shows will be available from the Grand Opera House this Friday, July 27, at or by calling 9024 1919.

By Matthew McCreary

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