Tens of thousands of music fans descended on the Boucher Road Playing Fields on Thursday as the sun shone down on the opening day of Tennent’s Vital 2014, which featured incredible live sets from global superstars The Killers, Bastille and Belfast’s very own Go Wolf.
Las Vegas rockers The Killers thrilled fans with an electric set which was packed with favourites like Somebody Told Me, All These Things That I’ve Done and Runaways before finishing with an encore of hits When You Were Young and Mr Brightside.
Frontman Brandon Flowers paid tribute to Belfast and Northern Ireland, saying: “We love coming here. We went to the Giant’s Causeway yesterday and we had a ball. So we thought maybe we should play a song from a band around here – Stroke City’s finest, here it goes.”
The band then launched into a cover of Teenage Kicks by The Undertones, and later included Brown Eyed Girl by Belfast’s Van Morrison in their set in homage to the Northern Ireland crowd.
Earlier in the day, Bastille inspired mass sing-a-longs at Boucher Road Playing Fields with Pompeii, Bad Blood, The Things We Lost in the Fire and their mash-up of 90s classics Of the Night plus a cover of TLC’s No Scrubs.
The band’s Tennent’s Vital gig was a fitting finale to their hugely successful run of European festival shows this summer, and frontman Dan Smith revelled as the Belfast crowd sang along in full voice saying: “That was amazing, thank you so, so much – it’s amazing to be in Belfast, and you’re going to have such an incredible night with The Killers – it’s been so, so nice for us.”
Hotly-tipped local act Go Wolf got the party started earlier in the day, opening Tennent’s Vital 2014 with a fantastic set to their home crowd.
Tennent’s Vital continues on Sunday when David Guetta, Steve Angello, Klangkarussell, Robin Schulz and Al Gibbs will take to the stage for an unmissable night of EDM this Bank Holiday Sunday.
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