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Belsonic gets even bigger and better

Florence Welch, who will be performing at BelsonicDUE to the over whelming response to the 2010 line-up and unprecedented sales so far, Belsonic in association with Absolut is set to expand, with the announcement of four additional shows, to comprise a total of eight nights at Belfast's Custom House Square this August. Significantly building on the massive success of the past two years, the 2010 line-up represents one of the largest Northern Irish outdoor music events to date.

Leading the charge on this second phase of announcements are English rock giants Kasabian, Scottish singer/songwriter Paolo Nutini, Brit award winning indie outfit Florence & The Machine, and Welsh rock stalwarts Stereophonics.

Each act individually could be considered the highest profile in the history of the event, however combined with previously announced headliners (Paul Weller, David Guetta' Biffy Clyro, Lost Prophets and 2ManyDJs / Soulwax), Belsonic 2010 in Association with Absolut is set to be a landmark cultural event for the city, catering to a diverse range of age groups.

Building on their 2009 sellout Belfast performance at St George's Market, Kasabian headline the opening night of Belsonic 2010 on Tuesday August 17. Now three albums in' the band are truly realising their ambition of becoming the UK's biggest rock act. They swept the boards at the majority of this years UK music award ceremonies' and are perched at the headline position of many of 2010's biggest music festivals, including V Festival, Oxegen and Tin the Park.

Scottish singer/songwriter Paolo Nutini returns to Belfast as the headliner on Wednesday August 18. His last Belfast appearance in 2009 at the Waterfront hall' sold out an impressive eight months in advance. The 23 year old artist was born in Paisely, Scotland, though he is of Italian decent. Despite crashing into the mainstream in 2006 with his record breaking debut LP 'These Streets', he became a household name following the release of its 2009 follow-up 'Sunny Side Up'. It debuted at number one in the album charts, and has gone on to sell over one million copies in the UK alone.

Florence and the Machine is the stage name of indie-rock songstress Florence Welch, one of the brightest British talents of the last 10 years. Her 2009 debut LP 'Lungs' includes the hit singles 'Dog Days Are Over'' 'Drumming Song' and a cover of the Candi Staton classic 'You've Got The Love' which was later re-worked with Dizzee Rascal to create chart topping single 'You've Got The Dirtee Love'. Florence's stage presence and powerful vocal range have seen her shoot to fame over the last 12 months, and pick up a host of awards on the way including the BRIT for Best 2010 Album. She returns to Belfast on Thursday August 19 following last years' stunning sellout show at The Ulster Hall to headline day three of Belsonic 2010.

Welsh arena-rock stalwarts Stereophonics need little in the way of introduction. With seven studio albums out to date, five of which were UK No Is, the Cardiff four-piece have been described as 'Classic UK rock with whiskey vocals'. The band headline Belsonic 2010 on Friday August 19, their first Belfast performance since headlining the Odyssey Arena in late 2007.

Tickets for the second wave of headline artists at Belsonc 2010 are on sale now from all usual outlets. Day tickets are priced at £27.50 plus booking fees. A limited number of VIP tickets will also be available at £42.50.

Ulster Star