Hannon to ‘rockaoke’ for Alzheimer’s cause

Neil Hannon will help judge the rockaoke session at the Empire
Neil Hannon will help judge the rockaoke session at the Empire

The Divine Comedy’s lead singer, Londonderry-born Neil Hannon, is confirmed as one of the judges for this weekend’s return of Rockaoke, a night of live rock band karaoke in aid of the Alzheimer’s Society. The event takes place at the Empire Music Hall, Belfast on Saturday July 26.

Hannon will join the judging panel for the karaoke to rock music or ‘Rockaoke’, described as ‘karaoke’s cooler older brother’, which is also the name of the award-winning band of session musicians.

Neil said:“It’s an honour to be asked to come back to Belfast for this special event. The Alzheimer’s Society do sterling work in supporting people with dementia and their familes. We hope lots of people come along for their five minutes of fame on stage with Rockaoke.I may even take to the mic myself!”

Hannon will be joined by fellow judge Cool FM’s Emma Fitzpatrick and one other judge yet to be revealed.

Celebrities are among the 40,000 aspiring rock stars who have performed with Rockaoke including Patrick Kielty, James Cordon, Mel C, James Nesbitt, Denise Van Outen, and Pink Floyd’s Dave Gilmour.

Fionnuala Graham from the Alzheimer’s Society added: “We are delighted that Wine Inns and the Empire Music Hall are supporting Alzheimer’s Society with the Rockaoke event.

“One in three people over 65 will develop dementia. It is more than just memory loss: it robs people of their lives and has a devastating impact on families and loved ones.”

Rockaoke, July 26, Empire Music Hall, Belfast. Tickets are priced £8 and £10 on the door and can be purchased via Ticketmaster. For mroe information visit www.thebelfastempire.com/rockaoke.