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Passenger at Ulster Hall

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by Peter Lynch (subscribe)
Freelance journalist from Derry, Northern Ireland.
Fresh from releasing yet another outstanding album, loveable singer/songwriter Passenger also known as Mike Rosenberg took his latest 'Runaway' tour to the capital city of Northern Ireland. The prestigious Ulster Hall in Belfast City Centre was the venue for the man from Brighton to showcase his latest work, and it's safe to say the welcoming crowd were given a night they will not forget.

Ulster Hall
The iconic Ulster Hall awaits

With his world-renowned folk-rock songs, Passenger enraptured the hearts of the hundreds of onlookers in the crowd, who were charmed from the offset by the stunning supporting act of Lucy Rose. The English performer warmed up the audience perfectly before her long-term admirer Mike took to the stage, and from then on in it was dead silence as fans stood in awe listening to the popular figure in British music.

Built in 1859 and refurbished in 2007 to produce the spectacular listed building that it is today, the Ulster Hall provided the perfect surroundings for the acoustics of Passenger to hit just the right spots. The singer himself was admittedly in awe of the striking location, an understandable emotion considering the endless list of actors, opera singers and rock acts that have performed in the Ulster Hall, ranging all the way from readings by Charles Dickens, to sold-out shows from AC/DC and Led Zeppelin.

Lucy Rose
The talented Lucy Rose warms up the crowd

The man from Brighton not only treated fans to intimate singles from his new album such as 'Survivors', 'Hell or High Water' and 'To Be Free', but also brought them all the way back to his memorable albums 'Whispers' and 'All the Little Lights' with 'Scare Away The Dark' and 'Life's for the Living' respectively.

A throwback to 'Rolling Stone' was also thrown into the mix, as was the globally-renowned and much-loved 'Let Her Go', with the hugely-popular 'Holes' completing the set-list of what was a moving, passionate and entertaining evening for both the crowd and for Passenger himself, who was treated to all sorts of Irish mannerisms throughout the performance.

The 34-year-old began the 'Runaway' Album Tour with intimate gigs in Edinburgh, Glasgow, Dublin and now Belfast, and will take his lyrics all across the UK before heading out to the rest of Europe for the remainder of the month, with Milan the sole venue yet to be sold out. October and November will then see the enthusiastic singer travel across the United States and Australia, thus finishing off another highly-successful year for the beloved folk-rock performer.

The headline act performs his biggest hits
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