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SONGS OF A LARK; ..IN THE PARK AS BANDS LINE UP FOR TOP TWO-DAY FESTIVAL.

Byline: BRENDAN McKEOWN; MARK WHYTE

Quick shout for next weekend and the all-conquering General Fiasco who return home to play Lark In The Park in Moira's Demesne Park - two days of live music, entertainment and fun for all the family.

If you've never been, Moira's Demesne is a cracking spot, scenic and undulating, set just off the town's main road. Think a smaller version of Botanic Gardens without the spackers.

Next Friday Lark In The Park kicks off in style when The Saw Doctors, right, headline the evening along with an act that grasped our attention for all the wrong reasons - Fiddler Adam - and Blackthorn.

Followed then on Saturday, May 1, by the unstoppable General Fiasco, Rattle and Hum and The Beat Poets. The Mid-Ulster trio of GF have spent 2009 on the road playing headline shows and support tours with the likes of The Enemy and The Answer, performing at the CMJ in New York, festivals such as Download and Glastonbury and generally anywhere with a stage they could plug into.

Hot on the heels of the release of their cracking new album Buildings, and a host of sellout local shows, this performance will be a great opportunity to see the boys in all their glory (oo-er) and check out what all the fuss is about. Other acts playing across the two days are The Varonis, The Dead Presidents, Doghouse, Microlip and Raised on Rock.

But if, like us, you tend to get nosebleeds when you reach either Glengormley or Dunmurry (Brendan, weaned on Black's Road, literally, on the Belfast borough boundary, needed his nose cauterised at age 10 to stem the flow!) then there's another awesome line-up of local bands done good at the Mandela Hall, at QUBSU University Road, tomorrow night. Headlined by Panama Kings and supported by Ed Zealous, Cashier No9 and Before Machines.

Panama Kings are down to three following foundermember Luke Carson's departure but the remaining Stuart Bell, Niall Kennedy and Richard McAuley have reworked the old numbers and written new tunes as a three piece. We look forward to the new sound. We always look forward to Cashier No9 and Ed Zealous - and we also look forward to checking out Before Machines for a first time. We're so forward thinking here at Ultimate, eh? Lark In The Park tickets are available for both days, priced at pounds 20 each, for each day, and available now at ticketmaster. Under 12's go free with accompanying full price adult ticket.

Panama Kings - doors 9pm, tickets are pounds 7 in advance from Queens Students Union, Ticketmaster and online at www.qubsu-ents.com. Shweet!
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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Apr 23, 2010
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