Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 12 July 2014

Music lovers are spoilt for choice with Tennent's Vital and Belsonic

Snow Patrol frontman Gary Lightbody
Snow Patrol frontman Gary Lightbody

This week artists from around the world will be taking over the city as two major music festivals get under way.

Excitement is building as final preparations are put in place for both Tennent's Vital, which begins tomorrow, and Belsonic, which starts on Friday.

Acts such as Kings Of Leon, Kodaline, The Vaccines and many more will take to the Boucher Road playing fields to entertain up to 100,000 fans across the course of three days as part of Tennent's Vital.

The festival has added appeal as it is the only European festival that Ulster's Snow Patrol are playing this summer.

With this in mind, organisers are promising that this year will be the best one yet. Marketing director Nicola McCleery said: "The site is looking fantastic and we have three days of brilliant live music in store.

"It is the best and the biggest yet.

"We obviously have a huge audience coming from Northern Ireland but we have heard that tickets have been sold to continents beyond Europe.

"There is huge excitement and anticipation to deliver the biggest ever Tennent's Vital."

She added: "Everyone just wants to start the party and it is going to be an absolutely huge party."

But, just as Tennent's Vital comes to an end, music lovers won't get to rest for long as Custom House Square will welcome artists like Ben Howard, The Lumineers and Jake Bugg as part of the Belsonic music festival.

It runs for eight days and kicks off with electronic dance duo Basement Jaxx.

Belsonic draws to a close on Monday, August 26 with heavy metal band Bullet For My Valentine taking to the stage on the final night.

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