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11th Feb 2020 in Business

Belfast’s premier music venue, The Limelight, is planning to secure a permanent base in Cathedral Quarter, at the former Arnott’s fruit warehouse on Dunbar Street.

A planning application is before Belfast City Council for a 1,600 capacity events space with a recommendation for approval coming from officials.

At present Limelight is basing several events in The Telegraph Building. However, as the building is set for a £75m re-development in a joint venture with the council and McAleer and Rushe.

The application from Limelight Belfast Ltd intend using the new venue for live music concerts; live comedy; live podcast recordings and TV/film recordings, with a maximum of two events per week. It also includes bar facilities if approved and permission for an access path from Hill Street.

The recommendation from officials is for two years, with the council option to re-visit the development’s progress.

At present the Limelight has two venues on Ormeau Avenue, hosting live music and DJ events, as well as Katy’s Bar and a rooftop terrace on the same street.

With thousands of students coming to the new Ulster University campus, and the associated accommodation this makes it an opportunity to host more events and attract national and international acts.

As the Arnott’s warehouse is not listed, there are no architectural obstacles.

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