The countdown is on for some of the UKâ€™s leading tribute bands to perform at TRIBUTE in Belfastâ€™s Custom House Square on Saturday 15th May.
Taking the crowd on a musical journey from the 80s through the 90s and into the 00s, this event is a unique recess-fest designed to bring life right into the heart of Belfastâ€™s city centre, offering fans of some of the worldâ€™s greatest bands the chance to enjoy their hits, performed live at a rock bottom ticket price.
Maurice Jayâ€™s Pleasuredome will kick things off with a set of their special mix of 80â€™s classics. Formed earlier this year, the bandâ€™s lead singer Johnny Brady won his place to front the band when he was spotted singing at a Rockaoke event in Belfast late last year.
ZU2, the UKâ€™s leading U2 tribute band, will then take to the stage to perform some of the classics which have taken Bono and the boys to superstardom.
Brandon Flowers look and soundalike Leon Heynes will lead Hot Fuss, the ultimate tribute to The Killers, with hits such as All These Things That I Have Done, Mr Brightside and Human.
With the audience totally warmed up and feeling good, Rockaoke, a live karaoke rock band, will take to the stage and invite budding rock and popstars to join them.
Already, a range of local acts have been chosen to headline the festival and there is also the chance for you to take the place of the lead vocalist. The best headliner will win a rockstar prize, details of which will be revealed on the day.
The feelgood theme will transcend the stage with entertainment on the ground too including the chance to dress like your favourite rockstar with official fancy dress partner, Dramaqueens.
Dress to impress, as the best rock star will win a â€˜best dressedâ€™ prize; have your face painted in the most glamourous glam-rock style and sample a range of hot and cold refreshments throughout the event, which starts at 4.00pm.
Festival Director Lynne Maltman, the brains behind TRIBUTE, explains the concept: â€œFor the first time in history the public will get the chance to headline their very own outdoor music festival.
Iâ€™ve worked with Rockaoke on various events and Iâ€™m really passionate about giving the public the chance to take to the stage to perform classic hits with their backing at Custom House Square. Itâ€™s going to be a great day out with entertainment to suit all music tastesâ€.
Tickets priced at Â£22.00 can be purchased at the Belfast Welcome Centre until Friday 14th May and will be posted out if bought online before 10th May at 4pm. After this, tickets bought online must be collected at the Welcome Centre, 47 Donegall Place, Belfast. Tickets will be on sale at the event priced Â£25.00.
Visit www.tributeni.com to find out more about this unique event. Gates open at 4.00pm with Maurice Jayâ€™s Pleasuredome onstage at 4.30pm.
Kerry Curran from the Northern Ireland Tourist Board, who are supporting the event added: â€œBelfast was named the UKâ€™s number one karaoke destination in a survey carried out by computer game retailer Game at the close of 2008, seeing off competition from London, Guildford, Manchester and Edinburgh to come out top.
The TRIBUTE Festival is putting that accolade to the test and inviting the general public to take to the stage with Rockaoke. Weâ€™re looking forward to what promises to be an unmissable event and to welcoming lots of visitors into the city for the event on 15th May.â€
Those travelling to Belfast for TRIBUTE can avail of a special Festival rate with hotel partner Premier Inn Waring Street. Also, Belfast Sightseeing Buses will give a discounted rate to Festival goers who can hop on and off the bus throughout the day and make the most of their visit to Belfast.
Marie Curie is TRIBUTEâ€™s partner charity and Lesley Wright, Community Fundraising Manager for Marie Curie Hospice, Belfast, commented: â€œMarie Curie Hospice, Belfast is thrilled to have been chosen as TRIBUTE’s festival charity.
It is such a unique, fun concept and a really exciting event to be happening in Belfast. We are looking forward to seeing lots of people at Custom House Square on 15th May when our volunteers we will be in attendance undertaking a collection to raise funds which will provide hospice care to patients terminally ill with cancer and other illnesses.”
TRIBUTE is supported by the Northern Ireland Tourist Board and Cool FM. Its partner charity is Marie Curie Hospice Belfast.