They travelled from as far afield as Bulgaria and Brazil to see their favourite rock band.
Not even volcanic ash could stop them from coming to Belfast to enjoy Metallica in concert.
Fans of the US band are renowned for their loyalty and this week they came from all over the world to attend the band’s Odyssey Arena gigs.
Among them were Brazilian couple Thiago Santos and Ellen Miranda. They followed a journey of over 10,000 kilometres from southern Brazil to see the multi-platinum Grammy award-winning band play one of two shows in the city — their only UK and Ireland dates this year.
Speaking before Wednesday night’s show, Thiago said: “My girlfriend and I are both very excited to be in Belfast to see our favourite band.
“We are looking forward to a great evening’s entertainment as we are only in Belfast for one night to see Metallica before we catch out flight tomorrow.”
Other fans came from the US, Australia, France, Sweden, the Netherlands, Belgium, Iceland, the Czech Republic and India.
And it wasn’t just the fans whose dedication ensured the show went on.
Metallica themselves were forced to travel by boat and bus last week to keep some dates. To make a concert in Riga, Latvia, on Saturday, the band travelled for 28 hours from the Norwegian capital Oslo.
A plane could have made the journey in just two hours.