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A 32-metre stage, 400 manning the bar and Ireland's biggest pyrotechnic show... it can only be the return of Tennent's Vital

By Amanda Ferguson

Published 28/08/2015

Tennent's Vital event controller Paul Scott oversees the final preparations for this weekend's gigs
Tennent's Vital event controller Paul Scott oversees the final preparations for this weekend's gigs

Boucher Playing Fields will be full of life this weekend when 70,000 music fans descend on the south Belfast venue for Tennent's Vital.

Saturday night's festival event, headlined by Scotland's superstar DJ Calvin Harris, is sold out, but there are still some tickets left for Dublin rock band The Script on Sunday night.

Event controller and safety adviser Paul Scott from Comber brings decades of experience to Vital.

He is the go-to man for major event co-ordination in Northern Ireland including "everything from the MTV Awards, the Balmoral Show and the Queen's visit, to Hugo Duncan".

With 40,000 people expected on Saturday night and around 30,000 on Sunday, Mr Scott told the Belfast Telegraph he had been busy planning since Easter.

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"People who turn up intoxicated will not be admitted," he said.

"We do not want the stupidity of a few ruining the entertainment for the vast majority."

There will be 700 security personnel, 400 bar staff, 300 catering workers, 50 site crew, 50 stage staff, 50 production staff and 60 first aid crew on the site which features a 83m wide bar, one of the biggest outdoor bars ever constructed in Ireland.

Two miles of cables, a big screen and speaker clusters will be in use for the giant Vital stage, which is 32m wide and 21m deep - and the apex of the roof is 22m high.

"The lighting show for Calvin Harris is the biggest stage pyrotechnic show ever in Ireland," Mr Scott added.

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