June 14, 2013 20:22

Two Door Cinema Club to headline anti-poverty concert in Belfast this Saturday

They will play the Big IF concert in Belfast on June 15

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Two Door Cinema Club are set to headline the Big IF concert in Belfast on June 15.

The gig will take place this Saturday in the city's Botanic Gardens and has been arranged by the IF campaign, a coalition of 200 charities, aid agencies and trade union groups who have come together to tackle global poverty. The gig is taking place ahead of the G8 summit, which sees leaders of the eight richest countries in the world meeting at the nearby Lough Erne Resort, Fermanagh.

Speaking about their involvement in the concert, Kevin Baird of the band said: "We are pleased to be involved in the Big IF concert in Belfast this weekend. We firmly believe that in this day and age it is unacceptable that one in eight people go hungry every day. It should be an important issue for our government and every government and hope the efforts of over 200 organisations involved in the campaign can help get the basic human right of food tabled for discussion. We are not anti G8, we are for the IF campaign."

David Thomas, chairman of the IF Northern Ireland has said: "World leaders arrive in Northern Ireland in the next 72 hours and we want to make sure they hear our call for urgent action to tackle the underlying causes of hunger. Tax dodging by big companies and land grabs where land is used for fuel and not food also need to be addressed. Now is the time for concrete action, not just words."

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