A film explaining how rock music helped to change Ireland will be broadcast on BBC 1 NI next Monday night (March 23).

The Irish Rock Story: A Tale of Two Cities focuses on Belfast and Dublin, charting the lives and careers of some of the biggest selling acts in Irish rock, punk and pop – from Van Morrison and Thin Lizzy to The Undertones and U2.

From the pioneers of the showbands touring in the late ’50s through to the modern day, the 60-minute film examines their lineage and connections and how the hard-core, rocking sound of Belfast merged with the more melodic, folky Dublin tradition to form what we now recognise as Irish rock and pop.

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