First support acts for Belsonic named

BELSONIC 2012 in association with Absolut just got a lot bigger!

Newton Faulkner, Duke Special, Alesso, Brian Kennedy, The Answer, Oberhofer, Congorock, Gareth Dunlop, FM, Sweet Savage, DJ Hix and Jody Has A Hitlist all join the bill at the largest Belsonic to date!

This first batch of supporting act announcements encompasses an eclectic mix of musical styles, including homegrown talent, international live acts, and touring DJ acts. Tickets for all Belsonic shows are onsale now from and Ticketmaster outlets.

Newton Faulkner is set to release his eagerly anticipated third LP in July.

He’s no stranger to Belfast crowds, and has recently sold out an intimate show in the Belfast Limelight in record time. He returns to Belfast on Saturday August 25th, when he plays main support to James Morrison at Belsonic in Custom House Square. The bill will be opened by local troubadour Gareth Dunlop with more guests to be announced soon!

Duke Special makes his triumphant return to Belsonic following a historic live performance in Belfast’s Waterfront Hall alongside the Ulster Orchestra. The Duke will be playing alongside Emeli Sande and Foy Vance on Thursday 16th August.

Star of the recent Irish version of The Voice rian Kennedy will be back in Belfast on Friday 24th August, backing up Tom Jones, while The Answer, Sweet Savage and FM form a heavyweight support bill to warm up for Thin Lizzy on Saturday August 18th.

Swedish DJ & super-producer Alesso will play main support to David Guetta on Sunday August 26th. He is a frequent collaborator with some of the biggest names in electronica, including Avicci, Tiesto & Swedish House Mafia. He joins Italian superstar Congorock and fast rising local DJ / presenter DJ Hix.

Brooklyn Indie Rockers Oberhofer are set to open for Two Door Cinema Club and Noah and The Whale on Thursday 23rd August, and Dublin / Belfast based pop-punkers Jody Has A Hitlist will play the opening slot for Paramore on Sunday August 19th.