As the 14th Annual Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival gets ready to launch we’ve picked you out the first 11 events to be released.

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1. Little Barrie

Thursday April 30, The Black Box
Little Barrie are best known as the composers and performers of the main title theme to Breaking Bad prequel Better Call Saul.
The group, who have a blend of rock, blues, garage and soul flavours, have also just released their fourth album Shadow.
Music event. Tickets are £10. Doors 7.45pm. Show 8pm.

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2. Ulrich Schnauss (live) with Nat Urazmetova (visuals)

Thursday April 30, The Belfast Barge
Ulrich Schnauss is a German electronic producer with a number of critically acclaimed releases under his belt.
Schnauss’ music fuses electronics and the shoegazing textures of Ride, My Bloody Valentine and the Cocteau Twins.
Music event. Tickets are £10. Doors 7.45pm. Show 8pm.

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3. Sara Watkins, Sarah Jarosz & Aoife O’Donovan

Friday May 1, Saint George’s Church
Three of the brightest talents in contemporary American music join forces for this unique concert.
Sara Watkins was a founder member of Nickel Creek, probably the most acclaimed progressive bluegrass band ever.
Grammy nominated singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Sarah Jarosz’s last recording Build Me Up From Bones received great critical acclaim.
Aoife O’Donovan came to prominence as the lead singer and songwriter of the highly acclaimed Crooked Still.
This event is in association with the Real Music Club
Music event. Tickets are £12. Doors 7.45pm. Show 8pm.

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4. Josh Rouse

Friday May 1, The Black Box
Josh is an American folk/roots pop singer-songwriter is currently promoting his forthcoming album The Embers of Time, due out on April 7.
He says the songs were inspired by an existential crisis: “my surreal expat therapy record”.
This event is in association with the Real Music Club
Music event. Tickets are £12. Doors 7.45pm. Show 8pm.

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5. The Charlatans

Saturday May 2, The Festival Marquee
The Charlatans, an English indie rock band shot to fame in the late 80s and early 90s.
In January this year they released their new album Modern Nature to some of the finest reviews of their career.
Featuring eleven new tracks, including the 6 Music A List record Talking In Tones, the album was produced by The Charlatans and Jim Spencer and mixed by Craig Silvey (Arcade Fire, Portishead).
Music event. Tickets are £20. Doors 7.45pm. Show 8pm.

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6. Down And Out In Paris And London

Saturday May 2, 101 The Redeemer
A man drifting through life, in early 1930s Paris, teaching English and generally soaking up the rich underbelly of Parisian life, finds himself falling helplessly short and discovering a very different view of life, looking up from below.
Theatre event. Tickets are £10. Doors 7.45pm. Show 8pm.

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7. Val McDermid – Killing People For Fun And Profit

Sunday May 3, The Black Box
Killing people is wrong. Killing people for fun is even more wrong. Making money out of it is just about as wrong as it gets. Unless the mayhem and murder is all in your head, of course. No. 1 best-selling crime writer Val McDermid will take you on the journey that led her from innocence to being guilty of entertaining millions
Words & Ideas Events. Tickets are £8. Doors 1.45pm. Event start 2pm.

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8. Paul Durcan – Reading From The Days Of Surprise

Sunday May 3, The Black BoxA Paul Durcan public reading is like no other. Audiences come away drained and cleansed as if from a secular mass. He can be funnier than any stand-up, dramatic as many an actor, but once heard, thesotto voce incantatory style is never forgotten.
Words & Ideas Events. Tickets are £8. Doors 4.45pm. Event start 5pm.

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9. Lucy Porter – Me Time

Sunday May 3, The Black Box
Finding modern life a bit difficult? Maybe you were born in the wrong era? In this show Lucy tries to find her rightful place in history. She ponders whether she’d rather be a bewhiskered Victorian explorer, a 1920s Hollywood starlet or Hatshepsut the Egyptian pharaoh.
Comedy event. Tickets are £10. Doors 7.45pm. Show 8pm.

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10. The Staves

Monday May 4, The Festival Marquee
The Staves are a trio of sisters at the forefront of the UK indie-folk scene.
According to critics the band produce bewitching and memorable pop songs, rich in vocal harmonies and tender hooks.
Music event. Tickets are £12. Doors 7.45pm. Show 8pm.

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11. Bec Hill – In &ellipsis;

Monday May 4, McHughs
Bec Hill is a London-based Australian comedian who has gained an international cult following with her quirky and refreshing approach to comedy. In 2014, Bec Hill wrote a show about how she had never won an award. Then it won an award at the Edinburgh Fringe, thus ruining the whole premise.
This event is in association with Infinite Jest
Comedy event. Tickets are £8. Doors 7.45pm. Show 8pm.

For more information or to buy tickets to this year’s Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival running from April 30 to May 10 log onto www.cqaf.com. A full schedule will be launched on April 2.

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