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– Respected international correspondent Jane Ferguson; Indie music label honcho John Dyer; Singer/Songwriter Nicola Roberts; Radio One DJ Phil Taggart latest speakers confirmed –

Belfast is set to welcome more global leaders across tech, music, screen and media for the ICONS Festival this September.

The newest speakers include; international correspondent Jane Ferguson; indie music label honcho John Dyer; former Girls Aloud member & singer/songwriter Nicola Roberts; and Radio One DJ Phil Taggart. They will be joined by Northern Ireland’s very own internet singing sensation Emma Horan.

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Jane Ferguson has reported for CNN, Al Jazeera, and PBS from some of the world’s most dangerous countries and conflicts. Her coverage has included conflict reporting from Somalia, Afghanistan, Syria and Yemen. John Dyer, director of Domino Recordings, has helped shape the careers of bands that include Franz Ferdinand and Arctic Monkeys.

John Dyer

The pioneering event will feature talks, workshops and performances involving icons in the worlds of tech, music and screen, with the ambition to inspires, engage, enlighten and educate.

Top tech exec Marvin Liao of 500 Startups, Hollywood Senior Executive Bill Daly, and Marjorie DeHey of Bishop Lyons Entertainment are also among the speakers confirmed for the festival.

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Festival co-founder Jim Fitzpatrick said: “We’re bringing together people who are, and have been for many years, at the forefront of innovation within the creative industries. It’s an exciting time for Belfast, and the perfect opportunity for our youth to build a foundation for a career that they love.”

ICONS is set to be a global event, providing expertise and unparalleled industry knowledge alongside the above will be Jay Onda, Director of Innovation for Yamaha, Jon Bradford, Managing Director of the TechStars accelerator in London; and fresh from raising $10m from Sequoia Capital, GM at PicsArt Wilson Kriegel.

ICONS CEO Aaron Taylor said: “ICONS Festival is all about educating, enlightening, encouraging and inspiring the people of Northern Ireland. True its name, we’re excited to provide an event featuring an array world class speakers, both international and local, who will engage and inspire the next generation icons. ICONS Festival is the must attend event for 2015.”

With a variety of homegrown businesses on show, 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 24th – 27th September in Titanic Quarter, Belfast.  For tickets and more information log on to and follow @iconsfestival

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