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CHSq 2017: Emeli Sandé gets Belfast fans singing in the rain at Custom House Square

By Jackie Bell

Emeli Sandé took to the stage at Custom House Square in Belfast on Wednesday and the heavy rain in the city didn't dampen spirits in what was a hit-filled night of music.

The Scottish singer was the latest artist to appear at the venue for a series of gigs, after performances by Above and Beyond and Irish group Walking On Cars over the weekend.

Following a set from singer-songwriter Ray BLK, the rain poured down in Belfast but managed to ease in time for Emeli'e arrival on stage as she opened with her 2012 hit Heaven.

Throughout the gig the singer performed the best known tracks from her first album Our Version of Events, including My Kind of Love, Read All About It, and Clown.

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Emeli Sande performing at Custom House Square for the third night of CHSq. Wednesday 16th August 017. Picture by Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX

She also gave fans fantastic live renditions of songs from her latest album Long Live the Angels, including Breathing Underwater and Hurts.

Unfortunately not even Emeli's powerful vocals could keep the rain at bay for the whole show but, despite the downpour, her Belfast fans enjoyed the concert's atmosphere with umbrellas waving in the air.

The crowd happily sang along with the star's tracks Beneath Your Beautiful and Next To Me, much to the delight of the singer.

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Emeli Sande performing at Custom House Square for the third night of CHSq. Wednesday 16th August 017. Picture by Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX

"Belfast, I have definitely felt the love from you all tonight," she told them. "Thank you so much for coming out in the rain and singing along with me."

Emeli's set was over all too quickly for her fans but with loud cheers ringing out at Custom House Square, she returned to the stage with her band to perform an encore for the slightly drenched but suitably entertained crowd.

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Emeli Sande performing at Custom House Square for the third night of CHSq. Wednesday 16th August 017. Picture by Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX

Next to take to the Belfast stage will be Australian DJ Timmy Trumpet on Thursday, before local singer Foy Vance performs his biggest show to date on Saturday.

Rockers Kasabian will perform to a sold out crowd on Tuesday, August 22, with Ocean Colour Scene, Stiff Little Fingers, and Carl Cox each playing a gig the following week.

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Emeli Sande performing at Custom House Square for the third night of CHSq. Wednesday 16th August 017. Picture by Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX

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