EASTER ROCKS AT MA NELSON’S

A huge two-day music event will be rocking Ma Nelsons this Easter 23-24 April 2011 all in the name of charity.Belfast’s only rock and sport bar will be host to a great line-up of local talent on Saturday 23 April and Sunday 24 April starting at 2pm and continuing all day and night.

The event will showcase a wealth of fantastic local music with a view to raising much needed cash for suicide awareness charity PIPS Programmes, Rape Crisis & Sexual Abuse Centre and Macmillan Cancer Support. Ma Nelson’s will also be contributing a portion of the bar sales on the day towards fundraising for the charities.

A whopping 24 bands are confirmed for the fundraising festival – a two-day ticket is priced at just £8 for admission to this impressive line-up.Bar owner Tina Calder said: “Since I took over Ma Nelson’s in September last year we have had a very active social awareness policy. We have run a number of big charity events and this is just another we have lined up to benefit some fantastic charities.

“When we announced we were going to have this event we were overwhelmed by the support of our staff and customers who volunteered to help out on the day and promoters and sound companies such as RTL & DFR as well as each and every one of the performers who are giving up their time on the day and helping to promote the gig within their fanbase.”

Under 18s are welcome come along and enjoy the daytime performances right up until 7.30pm if they accompanied by an adult.

Performances confirmed for Saturday 23 April are:
ST HELLFIRE, AUDIO ILLUSION, STORMCROWS, FREEFALL FREEWAY, EXITELLE, MIDNIGHT TRANSMISSION, STUART HIGGINS, THE HUBRIS, C64s, LAST INDEPENDENTS, KAT & TAPPERS, KATHARINE PHILIPPA

Performances confirmed for Sunday 24 April are:
WORLDSEND ACOUSTIC, PRIVATE JOKE, DOWNCOIL, SHAKE!, KATABOLSIS, CRAZY DAVE, ANDY JOHN BRADFORD, MATCHSTICK MOVIESTARS, F.A.S.T.L.I.F.E, BRIGHT FALLS, AUTO TOXIC, VOODOO DOGG

Headline performances will be from Worldsend, St Hellfire, Midnight Transmission, Downcoil, Audio Illusion and Shake!

Tina added: “The line-up consists of everything from rock and metal bands to punk, folk, pop and indie. Nearly every single performer has already taken to the stage here at the bar and the standard of talent is phenomenal.

“There is a massive underground movement of talented bands and musicians that never get exposure in Northern Ireland and we are hoping that through events like these people will begin to discover the amazing entertainment on their doorsteps.

“As the economic climate continues to dishearten people and we all tighten our purse strings it’s great to know that for just £8 over two days you can catch 24 professional recording bands consisting of some of the most talented people I have met in a long time.”

The final line up and stage times will be confirmed on Ma Nelson’s Facebook page, as well as drinks promos and food menu available during the event.

Admission is £5 on the day or just £8 for a two-day ticket, available at Ma Nelson’s on the Lisburn Road.

For more information call 028 9066 8656 or log onto www.facebook.com/manelsons
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