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Glen Hansard returns to Belfast this Autumn

Irish singer-songwriter Glen Hansard is set to return to Belfast this autumn for a special one-off performance in the newly restored Grand Opera House.

His is one of two live music performances* to go on pre-sale this Friday 6 August as part of the Belfast International Arts Festival.

On Friday 22 October, exactly two years since Hansard’s sold out performances at BIAF in 2019, the lead singer of Irish rock band The Frames and one half of folk-rock duo The Swell Season is looking forward to his first gig in front of a live audience on the island of Ireland since the pandemic.

The Great Irish Songbook, featuring legendary Irish folk group Dervish and a stunning line-up of special guests is set to take to the Grand Opera House stage on Thursday 21 October.

Taken from the 2019 album of the same name, The Great Irish Songbook promises an evening celebrating some of Ireland’s most recognisable folk songs.

Described by BBC Radio 2 as “an icon of Irish music”, when announcing their Lifetime Achievement Award in 2019, Dervish, whose career spans over three decades, are to be accompanied by a star-studded line-up of some of Ireland and Scotland’s most celebrated musicians.

BIAF will reveal its full programme later in August. From 6 October to 7 November 2021.

For more information and to book tickets, visit BelfastInternationalArtsFestival.com or call Box Office at Visit Belfast Welcome Centre on 02890246609. #BIAF21

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