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.
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