Live updates


Loose Women cause a stir on Belfast visit

The Loose Women caused a stir on a visit to Belfast on Wednesday, with a big crowd turning up to welcome the popular ITV show to the city.

Selfies were taken and autographs were signed as the crowd got a glimpse behind the scenes, as Cara McGimpsey reports.


Comedian Peter Kay cancels tour 'due to unforeseen circumstances'

Credit: Yui Mok/PA Archive

Comedian Peter Kay says 'unforeseen circumstances' are behind his decision to cancel a stand-up tour along with his other live work commitments.

The Phoenix Nights star had been due to perform six shows at the SSE Arena in Belfast in January 2019.

It would have been his first live stand-up tour in eight years.

The 44-year-old offered his fans his "sincerest apologies" and said, "This decision has not been taken lightly and I'm sure you'll understand my family must always come first.

"I've always endeavoured to protect my family’s privacy from the media. I hope that the media and the public will continue to respect our privacy at this time. Once again I'm very sorry."

Anyone who purchased a ticket for the live arena tour and Dance for Life shows will be refunded from their original point of purchase and any specific ticket queries should be directed to them.

As Dance for Life is a charitable event in aid of Cancer Research UK, ticket holders may, if they wish, still donate to Cancer Research UK by visiting

For Ticketmaster customers who purchased online or by telephone using debit or credit card no action is required as your account will automatically be refunded within the next few days.

For customers who purchased in person from a Ticketmaster agent outlet or venue full refunds available from your point of purchase from Thursday 14th December.

Belfast buzzing as Christmas festivities get underway

There’s a real festive buzz in Belfast on Saturday as the Christmas market has opened at City Hall and preparations are underway for the Christmas lights switch-on.

Lord Mayor Nuala McAllister will be joined by special guests including children’s characters and Cavehill Primary School choir for an evening of fun before the big switch-on.

All tickets have been allocated for the event and traffic diversions will be in place in and around the City Hall. Pedestrians will have access until 5.30pm when it becomes a ticket holder zone.

Snow Patrol 'most played NI act'

Credit: Presseye

Snow Patrol have beaten veteran musician Van Morrison to be named the most played Northern Irish act of the 21st century.

The indie rockers are the Northern Irish artists featured most often in UK radio and television broadcasts since 2000, according to research by licensing body PPL.

Although they formed in Scotland in the mid-1990s, four of Snow Patrol's five members hail from Northern Ireland and hits such as Chocolate, Chasing Cars and Run saw them finish ahead of Van Morrison, with Feargal Sharkey in third place.

The two runners-up were joined in the top 10 by their former bands- Morrison's Them are the eighth most-played and Sharkey's The Undertones the ninth.

Pop punk stalwarts Ash, indie rockers Two Door Cinema Club, electronic producer David Holmes, late Thin Lizzy and Skid Row guitarist Gary Moore and The Divine Comedy make up the rest of the top 10.

The research was put together ahead of this year's Northern Irish Music Prize which takes place on November 11 at the Mandela Hall in Belfast.

Load more updates