Tens of thousands of music fans descended on Belfast’s Boucher Road Playing Fields today as the sun shone down on the opening day ofTennent’s Vital 2014, which featured incredible live sets from global superstars The Killers, Bastille and Belfast’s very own Go Wolf.
Las Vegas rockers The Killers thrilled fans with an electric set which was packed with favourites like Somebody Told Me, All These Things That I’ve Done and Runaways before finishing with an encore of hits When You Were Young and Mr Brightside.
Frontman Brandon Flowers paid tribute to Belfast and Northern Ireland, saying: “We love coming here. We went to the Giant’s Causeway yesterday and we had a ball. So we thought maybe we should play a song from a band around here – Stroke City’s finest, here it goes.” The band then launched into a cover of Teenage Kicks by local heroes The Undertones, and later included Brown Eyed Girl by Belfast’s Van Morrison in their set in homage to the Northern Ireland crowd.
Earlier in the day, Bastille inspired mass sing-a-longs at Boucher Road Playing Fields with Pompeii, Bad Blood, The Things We Lost in the Fire and their mash-up of 90s classics Of the Night plus a cover of TLC’s No Scrubs.
The band’s Tennent’s Vital gig was a fitting finale to their hugely successful run of European festival shows this summer, and frontman Dan Smith revelled as the Belfast crowd sang along in full voice saying: “That was amazing, thank you so, so much – it’s amazing to be in Belfast, and you’re going to have such an incredible night with The Killers – it’s been so, so nice for us.”
Hotly-tipped local act Go Wolf got the party started, opening Tennent’s Vital 2014 with a fantastic set to their home crowd.
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Sarah Shimmons, Beer Marketing Manager for Tennent’s NI, said: “Tennent’s Vital got off to an incredible start today and we were thrilled to welcome tens of thousands of fans to a gloriously sunny Boucher Road Playing Fields for what was a fantastic first day of this year’s festival. The crowd were brilliant and there was an amazing atmosphere here tonight, as we saw absolutely phenomenal sets from The Killers, Bastille and Go Wolf. We’ll be returning on Sunday with a top bill of some of the biggest DJs in the world, and can’t wait to see you all there!”
Tennent’s Vital continues this Sunday 24th August when dance legend David Guetta, Steve Angello, Klangkarussell, Robin Schulzand Al Gibbs will take to the stage for an unmissable night of EDM this Bank Holiday Sunday.
- Sun 24 August – David Guetta, Steve Angello, Klangkarussell, Robin Schulz and Al Gibbs: £44.50 incl booking fee – on sale now
- Tickets can be secured via Tennent’s Vital’s official ticket partner www.ticketmaster.ie
- Tickets are also available in person from Ticketmaster outlets nationwide or via the 24hr Telephone hotlines: (NI & UK) 0844 8472455/ (ROI) 0818 719 300. Tickets should be bought only from official Ticketmaster outlets – fans should not purchase tickets from unofficial sources.
Tennent’s Vital is an over 16s event. However, a parent aged 25 and over can take up to two under 16s to the show. Parents will be required to show age identification and sign a consent form in order to gain admission on the day. Under 16s must be accompanied by their parent at all times. Bars will operate a strict Challenge 25 policy.