Belfast Telegraph

Friday 29 August 2014

Belsonic’s success is sweet music to ears of organisers

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.
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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