It’s the same old story, the headliners get the glory, the support bands get a warm round of applause for giving those who bothered to show up when the doors open something to listen to while getting a beer buzz on.

Here are eight support bands that are coming to Belfast who we think are just as important as the musicians they’re supporting.

The Coronas & Walking On Cars

Supporting Ellie Goulding at Belsonic, June 28

Fans of Ellie Goulding are in for a real treat on with the announcement that not only will the Coronas be back at Belsonic, but Walking On Cars will return to Belfast after their gig in the Limelight in February.

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Supporting Avicii at Tennents Vital, August 25

Not only will it be Avicii’s final time in Northern Ireland and one of his last live gigs, his support is also a global hit-making machine in Swedish duo Galantis. Their album ‘Pharmacy’ had a number of hits including that song we felt like we heard everyday of 2015 (‘Runaway’) and ‘Peanut Butter Jelly’. The latest offering from Galantis is ‘No Money’ which has already been met with a huge thumbs up from fans everywhere. There’s a lot of hype to hear what other new material they will come out with.

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Oliver Heldens

Supporting Tiesto at Belsonic, June 7

One of the best young DJ/ producers in the world, 20 year old Oliver Heldens star has been rising over the past year or two and he is working towards headlining shows across the globe. His record label (Heldeep Records) is also gaining a great reputation and boasting some great new talent. 2016 has already seen the release of two hits by Heldens with ‘Waiting’ and his latest single ‘Ghost’ showcasing his unique style.

Tiesto with support from Oliver Heldens is sold out.


Supporting Busted at SSE Arena, May 30

To many Wheatus will be known as one hit wonders for their Teenage Dirtbag single, but they’ve five studios albums under their belts and will start work on a sixth when they’ve finished touring with Busted. They’re a tight unit with a catalogue to give the headliners a run for their money.

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Frightened Rabbit

Supporting Foals at Belsonic, June 23

The Scottish band who released their fifth album, Portrait Of A Panic Attack, at the beginning of April, said on their website, “Can’t wait to play in Northern Ireland again!” Their new album featuring Aaron Dessner of The National on production duties and is their boldest work to date as they begin to explore new soundscapes.

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Laura Marling

Supporting Neil Young at SSE Arena, June 7

Okay, so she’s going to have a hard job upstaging the legend that is Neil Young, but Laura Marling has already proven she’s a headliner in her own right with an outstanding show in the Waterfront last year. Neil Young’s backing band, Promise Of The Real featuring Willie Nelson’s sons Lukas and Micah, are another reason to get very excited about the great man first ever visit to Belfast.

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Fantastic Negrito

Supporting Chris Cornell at Ulster Hall, April 24

Fantastic Negrito – real name Xavier Dphrepaulezz – ran with Oakland gangs in his teens, but cleaned up, was signed to Prince’s management in the early 90s and had an album on Interscope as Xavier. In 1999 he suffered a car crash which resulted in a fractured skull, shattered limbs and a three week coma. After a slow recovery, he went through several musical alter egos – including punk band Blood Sugar X – before walking away from the industry for five years, only to regenerate as Fantastic Negrito in his late forties. He has been described as the patron saint of second chances. This April marks his first visit to the UK.

Chris Cornell with support from Fantastic Negrito is sold out.

Robin Schulz

Supporting David Guetta at Belsonic, June 23

Robin Schulz will make Belfast feel like the Caribbean with his signature tropical house style. It will be funny watching people figure out how to dance to it. Just move shoulders and turn, folks.

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