North Down representatives have called on music lovers to enjoy the Tennent’s Vital gig in Ward Park next week, but have warned that inappropriate behaviour ought to be met with a ‘strong and robust’ police approach.
The Mayor of North Down, councillor Jame McKerrow said there was “immense and growing excitement in Bangor and beyond” about the concerts which will see Irish band The Script headline on Tuesday, August 23, and US rapper Eminem close the event the following night.
“We look forward to welcoming the many thousands of music fans who will attend the two day event and hope they will have a superb experience at the concerts.
“We would ask that concert goers put some thought into their travel plans in advance of the event to enhance their own experience and to help ease congestion in Bangor. We are grateful to Translink for their efforts to provide special train and coach services and I would urge concert goers to make use of these as much as possible.
“A huge amount of work goes into making an event like this happen and I would like to recognise the dedication and commitment of everyone involved — both those on stage and those who have been working hard behind the scenes over the past few months.
“Whether performers, organisers or spectators I hope you will enjoy a night to remember at Tennent’s Vital 2011,” added Mr |McKerrow.
North Down Alliance Councillor Andrew Muir has said he hopes for ‘warm weather, good music and cool heads’ ahead of the Ward Park concerts.
Councillor Muir added that the local economy should receive “a significant boost” through the event.
Cllr Muir added: “Whilst the vast majority of people attending the concerts won't cause any bother whatsoever, anyone intent on causing trouble should be aware that anti-social behaviour will not be tolerated. I urge the police to take a strong and robust approach to ensure everyone can safely enjoy the events.”
An Irish singer—songwriter has been announced by Tennent’s Vital as the last minute replacement for the gig in Ward park after American band Foster The People pulled out of the line—up.
Ryan Sheridan will be joining The Script, Two Door Cinema Club, Ellie Goulding and The Wombats on the first day of the festival, taking place on August 23.
Eminem, D12, The Kaiser Chiefs, Jimmy Eat World and OFWGKTA will be playing on the second day of the gig.
The lucky Community Telegraph reader who won our competition for a pair of tickets to both days of Tennent’s Vital was David Moore from Bangor, who answered the question ‘who is the front man of The Script?’ correctly, with the answer Danny O’Donoghue.