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Wednesday 29 July 2015

Belsonic’s success is sweet music to ears of organisers

Published 30/08/2010 | 07:53

Major Lazer performing at Belsonic Festival in Custom House Square, Belfast
Major Lazer performing at Belsonic Festival in Custom House Square, Belfast
Major Lazer performing at Belsonic Festival in Custom House Square, Belfaste Square, Belfast, last night.
Major Lazer performing at Belsonic Festival in Custom House Square, Belfast
Major Lazer performing at Belsonic Festival in Custom House Square, Belfast
Major Lazer performing at Belsonic Festival in Custom House Square, Belfast
Major Lazer performing at Belsonic Festival in Custom House Square, Belfast
Major Lazer performing at Belsonic Festival in Custom House Square, Belfast
Major Lazer performing at Belsonic Festival in Custom House Square, Belfast
Soulwax at Belsonic in Belfast with girls from the audience on stage getting up close and personal as they dance the night away
Major Lazer performing at Belsonic Festival in Custom House Square, Belfast
Major Lazer performing at Belsonic Festival in Custom House Square, Belfast
Major Lazer performing at Belsonic Festival in Custom House Square, Belfast
Major Lazer performing at Belsonic Festival in Custom House Square, Belfast
Major Lazer performing at Belsonic Festival in Custom House Square, Belfast
Major Lazer performing at Belsonic Festival in Custom House Square, Belfast
Major Lazer performing at Belsonic Festival in Custom House Square, Belfast
Major Lazer performing at Belsonic Festival in Custom House Square, Belfast
Major Lazer performing at Belsonic Festival in Custom House Square, Belfast
Major Lazer performing at Belsonic Festival in Custom House Square, Belfast
26.08.10. Picture by David Fitzgerald. Major Lazer performing at Belsonic Festival in Custom House Square, Belfast, last night. People stand on their balcony and watch the performance
Stereophonics performing at Belsonic Festival in Custom House Square, Belfast
Stereophonics performing at Belsonic Festival in Custom House Square, Belfast
Stereophonics performing at Belsonic Festival in Custom House Square, Belfast
Stereophonics performing at Belsonic Festival in Custom House Square, Belfast
Stereophonics live on stage at Belsonic music festival
Stereophonics live on stage at Belsonic music festival
Stereophonics live on stage at Belsonic music festival
Stereophonics performing at Belsonic Festival in Custom House Square, Belfast
Stereophonics performing at Belsonic Festival in Custom House Square, Belfast
Stereophonics performing at Belsonic Festival in Custom House Square, Belfast
Stereophonics performing at Belsonic Festival in Custom House Square, Belfast
Fans watch Stereophonics, Belsonic Festival in Custom House Square, Belfast
Stereophonics performing at Belsonic Festival in Custom House Square, Belfast
Stereophonics singer Kelly Jones' husky tones were as distinctive as ever
Florence and the Machine performing at Belsonic Festival in Custom House Square, Belfast.
Florence and the Machine performing at Belsonic festival at Custom House Square, Belfast. Girl with red hair - Megan Lesley
Florence and the Machine performing at Belsonic in Custom House Square, Belfast. Girl with red hair - Caroline McIlwaine
Florence and The Machine performing at Belsonic, Custom House Square, Belfast.
Florence and the Machine performing at Belsonic Festival in Custom House Square, Belfast.
Florence and the Machine performing at Belsonic Festival in Custom House Square, Belfast.
Florence and the Machine performing at Belsonic Festival in Custom House Square, Belfast.
Florence and the Machine performing at Belsonic Festival in Custom House Square, Belfast.
Florence and the Machine performing at Belsonic Festival in Custom House Square, Belfast.
Florence and the Machine performing at Belsonic Festival in Custom House Square, Belfast.
Florence and the Machine performing at Belsonic Festival in Custom House Square, Belfast.
Florence and the Machine performing at Belsonic Festival in Custom House Square, Belfast.
Florence and the Machine performing at Belsonic Festival in Custom House Square, Belfast.
Florence and the Machine performing at Belsonic Festival in Custom House Square, Belfast.
Florence and the Machine performing at Belsonic Festival in Custom House Square, Belfast.
Florence and the Machine performing at Belsonic Festival in Custom House Square, Belfast. Crowds wear ponchos and use umbrellas to hide from the rain
Florence and the Machine performing at Belsonic Festival in Custom House Square, Belfast.
Florence and the Machine performing at Belsonic Festival in Custom House Square, Belfast.
Florence and the Machine performing at Belsonic Festival in Custom House Square, Belfast
Florence and the Machine performing at Belsonic Festival in Custom House Square, Belfast
Florence and the Machine performing at Belsonic Festival in Custom House Square, Belfast
Florence and the Machine performing at Belsonic Festival in Custom House Square, Belfast
Florence and the Machine performing at Belsonic Festival in Custom House Square, Belfast
Florence and the Machine performing at Belsonic Festival in Custom House Square, Belfast
Florence and the Machine performing at Belsonic Festival last night in Custom House Square, Belfast. Girl with red hair - Caroline O'Sullivan
Florence and the Machine performing at Belsonic Festival last night in Custom House Square, Belfast. Girls with red hair - Aoibheann Doody, Laura Wilson and Ceara McGurk
Paolo Nutini performing at Belsonic Festival in Custom House Square, Belfast
Paolo Nutini, from Paisley in Scotland, on stage with members of his band, The Vipers, in Belfast's Custom House Square
Singer-songwriter Paolo Nutini live at Belsonic at Custom House Square
Fans watch Paolo Nutini live at Belsonic at Custom House Square
Singer-songwriter Paolo Nutini live at Belsonic at Custom House Square
Fans enjoying Scots singer-songwriter Paolo Nutini live at Belsonic at Custom House Square in Belfast
Scots singer-songwriter Paolo Nutini live at Belsonic at Custom House Square in Belfast
Fans enjoying Paolo Nutini live at Belsonic at Custom House Square in Belfast
Paolo Nutini on stage with members of his band, The Vipers, in Belfast's Custom House Square
Paolo Nutini live at Belsonic
Paolo Nutini on stage with members of his band - The Vipers
Fans enjoying Scots singer-songwriter Paolo Nutini live at Belsonic
Paolo Nutini, from Paisley in Scotland, on stage with members of his band, The Vipers, in Belfast's Custom House Square
Paolo Nutini live at Belsonic at Custom House Square in Belfast
Carly Connor band warming up the audience for Belsonic headline act Paolo Nutini
Paolo Nutini performing at Belsonic Festival in Custom House Square, Belfast
Paolo Nutini performing at Belsonic Festival in Custom House Square, Belfast
Paolo Nutini performing at Belsonic Festival in Custom House Square, Belfast
Paolo Nutini performing at Belsonic Festival in Custom House Square, Belfast
Paolo Nutini performing at Belsonic Festival in Custom House Square, Belfast
Paolo Nutini performing at Belsonic Festival in Custom House Square, Belfast
Paolo Nutini performing at Belsonic Festival in Custom House Square, Belfast
Paolo Nutini performing at Belsonic Festival in Custom House Square, Belfast. Rachel Singleton enjoys the show
Paolo Nutini performing at Belsonic Festival in Custom House Square, Belfast. Fans enjoying the gig
Paolo Nutini performing at Belsonic Festival in Custom House Square, Belfast. Deirdre Caldwell and Finnula Lindsey from Donegal enjoy the show
Fans thrilled as Belsonic kicks off in Belfast
Fans thrilled as Belsonic kicks off in Belfast
Kasabian performing at the first night on the Belsonic Festival in Custom House Square, Belfast
Kasabian performing at the first night on the Belsonic Festival in Custom House Square, Belfast
Kasabian performing at the first night on the Belsonic Festival in Custom House Square, Belfast
Ash performing at the first night on the Belsonic Festival in Custom House Square, Belfast
Ash performing at the first night on the Belsonic Festival in Custom House Square, Belfast
Kasabian performing at the first night on the Belsonic Festival in Custom House Square, Belfast.
Kasabian performing at the first night on the Belsonic Festival in Custom House Square, Belfast.
Kasabian performing at the first night on the Belsonic Festival in Custom House Square, Belfast.
Kasabian performing at the first night on the Belsonic Festival in Custom House Square, Belfast.
Kasabian performing at the first night on the Belsonic Festival in Custom House Square, Belfast.
Kasabian performing at the first night on the Belsonic Festival in Custom House Square, Belfast.
Kasabian performing at the first night on the Belsonic Festival in Custom House Square, Belfast.
Fans who arrived early got an unexpected bonus when local band ASH came on stage to do a sound check in Belfast's Custom House Square
Preparations for Belsonic Festival in Custom House Square
Preparations for Belsonic Festival in Custom House Square

Northern Ireland’s biggest music festival came to a spectacular end with top DJ David Guetta playing the final sold-out show.

Tens of thousands of music lovers have flocked to Belsonic since it kicked off in Belfast on August 17 and last night was no exception.

The epic event has seen acts including Florence And The Machine, Stereophonics and Paul Weller thrill the crowds — with most of the gigs sold-out in |advance.

The unprecedented eight nights of gigs at Custom House Square also featured popular local bands General Fiasco and Cashier No9.

Organisers, who had braced themselves for some 40,000 festival-goers over the past two weeks, were not disappointed.

And Belsonic —now in its third year — was deemed a roaring success by thousands of happy fans who had converged on the city centre. Headlining on Friday night was Paul Weller, the legendary English solo artist and ex-Jam front man making his first Belfast appearance since his show at the Odyssey Arena two years ago.

Nicknamed ‘The Modfather’, Weller belted out rock classics like The Changingman, Town Called Malice, Going Underground, and You Do Something To Me — which could be heard miles away from the venue.

He was joined by The Courteeners, who made an impact in the UK charts with their second album Falcon.

Meanwhile, Scottish rock artists Biffy Clyro were the toast of thousands of fans at Belsonic on Saturday night, as were Lostprophets.

Opening night brought the ever-popular Kasabian to town, following up on their 2009 sell-out Belfast performance in St George's Market, along with Downpatrick stalwarts Ash.

Another highlight was indie-rock songstress Florence Welch, aka Florence And The Machine. Florence's stage presence and powerful vocal range impressed the crowd.

Stereophonics also staged a classic performance with a farewell rendition of Dakota bringing the crowd together in admiration. Their rendition of Maybe Tomorrow on the acoustic guitar left the hairs on the back of the neck on edge, according to one reviewer.

Police are investigating reports that a 15-year-old girl was the subject of a sex attack at the festival.

A PSNI spokeswoman said that no details of any other offences were available.

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