Packed into the final three months of 2015 are 10 of the best gigs of the year.

Here’s our pick of what’s coming up in October, November and December.

And no, the Bon Jovi Experience didn’t make it!

1. Paul Hartnoll (Orbital)                 

Empire Music Hall Oct 9

Paul Hartnoll brings his new live show to Belfast’s Empire Music Hall. He’ll be performing new tracks from his acclaimed recent 8:58 album alongside Orbital classics. He’s bound to play ‘Belfast’ in Belfast.

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2. James Bay

Ulster Hall Oct 11

The 24 year old musician is fast becoming a worldwide star having already sold out tours in the UK, Europe, Australia and the US. Yes, you’ve guessed it, this one’s sold out too.

3. Bell X1

The Empire Oct 16

Bell X1 supported Ed Sheeran at Croke Park this summer and they’ll be in Belfast in October as part of a very special acoustic tour. It’ll be pretty much the same as their last tour except they’ll be saving on electricity.

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4. Hot Chip

The Limelight Nov 6

Mercury Prize nominated British electronic act Hot Chip have six albums to their name and are set to visit our shores to ask the question ‘Why Make Sense?’

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5. The NI Music Prize

Mandela Hall Nov 14

The event will feature live music on the night from Malojian, Ciaran Lavery and Ryan Vail and the all important award of the NI Music Prize for Best Album of 2015. The evening will end with a special presentation – an Oh Yeah Legend Award – to The Divine Comedy. After which Neil Hannon will play a selection from his magnificent catalogue of songs. And if he’s in the mood you might get My Lovely Horse.

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6. U2

SSE Arena, Nov 18-19

U2 will play two sold out dates in the SSE Arena on November 18 and 19. It is the first time the band will perform songs from their recent album Songs of Innocence to a home crowd. While he’s up here there’s also a good chance Bono will get the Northern Ireland Assembly back on its feet again.

7. Prodigy / Public Enemy

SSE Arena Dec 1

The Prodigy will be joined by Public Enemy for a night of chaos in Belfast in December. Good clean chaos. And hopefully some decent merch.

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8. Therapy?

The Limelight Dec 12

Northern Irish rock icons Therapy? return to The Limelight on December 12 to perform their classic 1995 album Infernal Love in full, along with classic tracks spanning their 25 year career. It will be a night of sweat and hugs and rock ‘n’ roll. And of course some of greatest tunes ever produced in Northern Ireland.

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9. The Coronas

Ulster Hall Dec 20

There was an appetiser of what The Coronas have to offer as support to Stereophonics at Belsonic. This headline show will provide fans and newcomers alike with a delightful main course.

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10. Ash

Empire Music Hall Dec 20

Following their sold out Limelight show earlier this year, Northern Ireland’s very own Alternative Rock legends, Ash are coming back to Belfast for a very special Christmas show at The Empire. We’d love to hear them cover In Dulci Jubilo.

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