Belfast has become the third UK city to recieve UNESCO City of Music status.
The accolade, announced on Monday (November 8), recognises the Northern Irish capital's unique musical heritage and local efforts to strengthen engagement with music.
A 2018 survey undertaken during the European Capital of Culture bidding process identified music as the city's strongest cultural output, prompting the bid for UNESCO status.
"Being deisgnated as a UNESCO City of Music honours the gargantuan effort that the entire music scene has made to help raise Belfast up and out of the darkest of times," Snow Patrol's Gary Lightbody commmented.
Belfast will join the UN body's Creative Cities Network of 59 places, with Lightbody and Emmy-nominated composer Hannah Peel acting as official Belfast Music patrons.
Belfast City Council will consult residents on a City of Music action plan, having worked with a City of Music steering group on the bid submission.
Glasgow was the first UK city awarded the title in 2008, followed by Liverpool in 2016.