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Saturday 20 December 2014

Tennent's Vital: Killers to knock 'em dead as festival gets under way

The stage for Tennent's Vital under construction yesterday
The stage for Tennent's Vital under construction yesterday

It's the summer of music - and it's set to ramp up a gear this week when Tennent's Vital kicks off.

US rock band The Killers headline the annual Belfast music festival tomorrow when they take to the stage, supported by Bastille and rising local stars Go Wolf.

The beats are stretching into the bank holiday weekend with French DJ David Guetta taking centre stage on Sunday. He will be joined by dance music pros, including Steve Angello and Klangkarussell.

Some 50,000 fans are expected to pass through Boucher Playing Fields for the open air festival, which is now in its third year.

Promoter Justin Green said the Belfast crowd is a huge draw for international performers.

"The acts that have gone on in previous years, like Foo Fighters, Kings Of Leon, and this year, The Killers, they're all here because they're aware of the excitement and reaction from the Northern Irish audience."

This summer's weather has been changeable, with severe wind warnings and a month's worth of downpour in just two weeks across the region.

Whether the sun has its hat on or not from tomorrow, events controller Paul Scott said they are prepared for the unexpected.

Justin said the key to enjoying Vital, whatever the forecast, is to be prepared.

"Make sure you bring weatherproof gear, but remember umbrellas aren't allowed onto the site," he explained.

"You never know what way the weather's going to go, despite the fact that it's supposed to be sunny."

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