Ryan Adams to play surprise Belfast concert only

The singer Ryan Adams has given Belfast fans an unexpected surprise on Thursday night by a last-minute acoustic concert at a downtown bar.

The singer-songwriter is in Belfast to perform at the Ulster Hall on Friday night.

However, he surprised fans with the playing of an impromptu intimate show on behalf of a local animal shelter.

He announced the show on Twitter about half an hour before he was due to run until 23:00 BST.

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“The w entrance donations to the city of Assisi animal shelter @AssisiSanctuary I love you Belfast,” he wrote on twitter.

Twitter user Kris Nixon reported on social media, that has been performing for about 100 people in McHugh’s Bar.

The fans were treated to songs from the Adams catalog as well as an improvised number with lyrics that said: “I’m so tired. Why I decided to do this concert? I have done everything for the cats.”

Assisi Animal Sanctuary thanked Adams on Facebook and said that it was a “nice surprise to find out that we are the lucky recipients of the processing of this secret concert”.

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The set was given a rapturous reception on social media.

“@TheRyanAdams thanks for the jams in #Belfast nice to meet you…#savingcats with #vibes”, said Kris D Marsden on Twitter.

“It was surreal and beautiful and pure,” said Twitter user @gerrynorman.

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Ronan Tierney tweeted: “Last night I dreamed that I was in a secret @TheRyanAdams concert and he sang a song about jet lag, then we sang about saving cats…Strange.”

@ryandavidhawk posted: “I’m not even a cat lover but #savingcats was fun tonight with @TheRyanAdams good. #belfastadventures”.

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Adams, who is touring behind his latest album, Prisoner, is best known for songs such as New York, New York, give Me Something Good and When The Stars Go Blue.

Shortly before announcing an intimate acoustic concert, has set up a poll question on Twitter that asked: “If I have only played this evening in Belfast that would come? Also I can borrow an acoustic guitar?”

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Not surprisingly, 86% of 3,400 voters voted “yes” in the poll.

Adams also tweeted his excitement for his upcoming concerts and that he was happy to be in Belfast, in spite of a “long, long flight”.