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Derry singer scores viral hit with James Arthur cover

A video of Derry singer Conor McLain performing X Factor winner James Arthur's number one Say You Won't Let Go has been a viral success, having been watched over 650,000 in just four days on social network site Facebook.

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Conor's video was shared by Radio One Lebanon, one of Facebook's most popular music pages, with over eight million likes.

Donegal named 'coolest place to visit in the world'

Donegal is preparing itself for an influx of trendy travellers, after it was named as the coolest place to visit in the world.

The accolade was given to the county by National Geographic and it's not hard to see why, with even vistors from another galaxy coming to stay.

Donegal's dramatic scenery provided the backdrop for the latest Star Wars film which was shot there earlier this year - and where the globe's biggest blockbuster led, one of the world's biggest magazines has followed

It's the forgotten county no more, as UTV's Gareth Wilkinson reports.


Green Day announce open-air Belfast gig

Green Day have announced a gig in Belfast. Credit: Twitter

American punk rockers Green Day have announced an open-air gig in Belfast next summer.

The Grammy-winning band are set to play Ormeau Park on 28 June.

They’ll be supported by special guests Rancid.

Tickets go on sale on Friday from Ticketmaster.


Free music events in Belfast as part of charity takeover

There will be a series of free concerts, gigs and other events taking place across Belfast on Saturday as part of a takeover by Help Musicians NI.

The charity recently launched in the region and has organised a concert featuring several performances at the bandstand in Botanic Gardens from noon.

There will also be an open-mic session at Castle Court shopping centre and other pop-up gigs at locations around the city in partnership with the Little Concert initiative.

Nikki MacRae, from Help Musicians NI said: “We launched Help Musicians Northern Ireland last week in the Oh Yeah Music Centre and we’ve been running pop-up gigs and events pretty solidly since then.

“Today is our big Help Musicians takeover day, our main stages are at Botanic Gardens, Castle Court and Dawsons Music Shop in city centre between 12 and 4pm.

“At Castle Court, we have an open mic stand and whilst we do have that filled up at the moment, anybody is welcome to come down with a guitar and I’m sure we’ll be able to fit them in.”

She added: “It’s an exciting opportunity for anyone who maybe hasn’t felt comfortable trying to book a gig for themselves yet but still wants to be heard.”

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