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Bastille day proves washout at Belsonic

Belsonic, Custom House Square

By Andrew Johnston

"Thank you for braving the rain for us," Bastille frontman Dan Smith offered a drenched Custom House Square last night, almost apologetically.

They sure don’t come much braver than the fans who had gathered beneath ponchos and umbrellas to see the English indie-pop quartet on this particularly foul Belfast night.

The downpour that accompanied the band’s appearance  certainly seemed to dampen the Belsonic crowd’s spirits.

The festival favourites opened strongly with Things We Lost In The Fire. The foursome — plus live sidekick Charlie Barnes on additional keys and guitar — launched themselves enthusiastically into proceedings, but there’s no denying the atmosphere wasn’t what it could have been.

There was a sense that both band and audience were checking songs off a mental list in order to get into the warm and dry as soon as possible.

The show got a much-needed boost of energy when Smith invited a fan on to the stage.

The slightly tipsy Englishman proceeded to propose to his Northern Irish girlfriend, who was also hauled up.

Happily, she accepted.

Sadly, the momentum gained by this spontaneous interlude soon dissipated.

Still, for at least one couple, Bastille at Belsonic was a night to remember.

Two stars

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