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Published on August 25th, 2009 | by darraghdoyle


Finding out about Dukebox this Saturday in Belfast

In a happy series of events it turns out I’ll be in Belfast this Saturday so will be popping along to Dukefest.

Organised by local boy Duke Special, this one day event, curated and headlined by the Duke, will feature many friends and special guests including One Day International, The Magic Numbers, BellX1, Jerry Fish & The Mudbug Club, David Kitt and Panama Kings.

While there’s two stages of performers from 3pm at  Custom House Square, the Duke will also present a programme of entertainment and street spectacle in the laneways and venues around Custom House Square from 12 noon on the day, with an intimate live performance from the Duke and special guest Julie Feeney.

Then from 1pm, The Black Box will host Dan Michaelson and the Coastguards, One Day International and  Queer Giraffes and McHugh’s Basement will see performances from Thomas Truax, Dan Donnelly and Katie and the Carnival. The cosy Spaniard in the Cathedral Quarter will be the scene of spoken word mayhem with Ben Hales, Slam Poets and many more

Traditional Irish music for the afternoon has been provided by The Duke Of York with a lively Open Air Street Céilí in Commercial Court with The All Set Group from 2pm, and by McHughs with a traditional music session from 3:30 pm

The Belfast City Blues Festival have some great afternoon music in the area as well, evoking the spirit of the city’s great Blues tradition, and Dukebox goers are welcomed for free at their afternoon gigs in some of the Cathedral Quarter’s best pubs and small venues:

  • 1.30pm – Oh Yeah Centre – The Pontiax Blues Band
  • 3pm – The John Hewitt – Speedy Mullan + Shit Hot Helicopters
  • 3pm – The Roost – Rab McCullough Blues Band
  • 3pm – The Cloth Ear – Lee Hedley Band
  • 5pm – The Kitchen Bar –  Jacuzzi Jacks

The main arena at Dukebox opens at 3pm, with the first performance by The Voluntary Butler Scheme (1530), and the day proceeding with Panama Kings (1615), David Ford (1700), David Kitt (1755),  Jerry Fish & The Mudbug Club (1855), Bell X1 (2010), The Magic Numbers (2135) and then the day will end with the only Northern Ireland headlining appearance of 2009 by Duke Special (2300)

Dukebox is part of Belsonic ’09, Northern Ireland’s biggest summer music event, taking place over the August bank holiday weekend. Dizzee Rascal and Vampire Weekend headline on Thursday, whilst 2manydjs and deadmau5 top the bill on Friday.

There’s more information about Dukebox at www.dukebox.tv and www.dukespecial.com

Tickets are £29.00 (booking fee not included) and available here. Special tickets for accompanied under 16’s to Dukebox are also available at £19.00 (plus booking fee) A very limited number of additional VIP tickets are again available for this date at £44.00 (again plus booking fee).

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2 Responses to Finding out about Dukebox this Saturday in Belfast

  1. Christian says:

    I’m very jealous!

  2. karl davis says:

    enjoy! my friends up north are really excited bout this….

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