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Pop Star, YouTube Sensation & Top Broadcaster Headed To Belfast For ICONS Festival

Creative industries festival welcomes top names in music business

Emma Horan

THREE pop culture stars have joined the line-up for a forthcoming creative industries festival set to welcome over 20,000 people over four days next month.

Nicola Roberts

Nicola Roberts

Music industry figures Nicola Roberts of Girls Aloud fame, YouTube singing sensation Emma Horan and DJ Phil Taggart from BBC Radio 1 are among the speakers confirmed for the ICONS festival.

The event will feature talks, workshops and performances involving icons in the worlds of tech, music and screen.

Nicola, Emma and Phil will join a star-studded lineup which includes Public Enemy legend Chuck D, top Hollywood producer Bill Daly who worked on film franchises such as Harry Potter and The Matrix as well as Jon Bradford, managing director of the TechStars accelerator in London and Marvin Liao of Silicon-Valley based 500 Startups.

Icons Festival founders Jim Fitzpatrick and Aaron Taylor

Icons Festival founders Jim Fitzpatrick and Aaron Taylor

ICONS CEO Aaron Taylor said: “ICONS is all about the convergence of tech, music and screen. We’re bringing together people who are doing extremely exciting things across the creative industries.

Phil Taggart

Phil Taggart

“Songwriter Nicola Roberts has graduated from being part of the most iconic girl groups of recent years to now becoming an icon across fashion, television and music.

“She’ll be joined by Emma Horan who is demonstrating how best to exploit new media in order to distribute content and build a dedicated worldwide fanbase.

“And top it off we have Radio One DJ Phil Taggart who is at the forefront of what’s happening in new music.

“Our aim is to pool amazing creative talents from music, tech and screen into one venue over four days. That mix will be sure to spawn new ideas and opportunities for content producers and distributors that will prove invaluable for all involved.”

With new product launches, live music performances, film screenings, interactive technology and a range of global leaders slated to speak, the event is designed to raise ambitions and inspire the next generation of creative innovators.

ICONS Festival runs from September 24-27 at Titanic Quarter, Belfast. For more information log on to or follow @iconsfestival


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