Public Domain, Carl Cox and Mr C are among acts who sparkle at first outdoor festival since outbreak of foot and mouth...

CARL COX, MR C, TIMO MAAS, PAUL VAN DYK and PUBLIC ENEMY associates PUBLIC DOMAIN were among the acts to play at PLANET LOVE 2001, just outside BELFAST in Northern Ireland yesterday (May 6), the first major outdoor music festival of the summer.

The annual event, now in its fourth year, took place as the foot and mouth crisis that has gripped the UK for several months begins to ebb away and it effectively ended fears that the spread of the disease would endanger many summer events.

Among the other DJs to perform were Judge Jules, Tall Paul, Pete Tong, CJ Bolland and production duo Agnelli And Nelson. However, the biggest crowd of the day was reserved for returning local hero Fergie, now a regular on BBC Radio 1, who packed the Neo Tent.

A host of other local DJs and MCs played, helping to fill tents sponsored by locally renowned superclubs such as Portrush’s Lush and Belfast’s Shine.

Passing off without major incident, the festival was the biggest yet, with over 10,000 clubbers attending. Last year, loyalist paramilitary leader Johnny ‘Mad Dog’ Adair apparently spent the day dancing in one of the main arenas.

Meanwhile Goldie and Boy George have been confirmed for Creamfields Ireland at Punchestown Racecourse on June 23. They join a bill that includes OutKast, Beck, Fatboy Slim and The Chemical Brothers.