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Tiesto and Muse at Belfast Vital 2017: Everything you need to know

Concert times, weather forecasts, and travel arrangements for Belfast Vital 2017.

One of the biggest events in Northern Ireland's music calendar, Belfast Vital, returns to host two massive concerts at the Boucher Road Playing Fields this week.

Ahead of the much anticipated gigs, here's all the information you will need if you are attending.

Who is performing at this year's Belfast Vital?

Belfast Vital returns on Wednesday, August 23 with UK rockers Muse set to headline with support from Biffy Cylro, Nothing But Thieves, and Dublin band Fangclub.

Dutch DJ Tiesto will headline the second gig on Saturday, August 26 with support from Clean Bandit and Robin Schulz.

What time do the gates open?

Gates will open at 4pm on both days.

The first act is due on stage from 4.30pm.

What is the weather forecast for each gig day?

There will be scattered showers on Wednesday, 23 August but forecasts suggest this will clear up later in the evening.

At the moment Saturday, August 26 is forecast to have unsettled with sunshine and showers, but we all know the Northern Ireland weather is anything but predictable so it is probably best to prepare for all eventualities.

Will there be food and drinks available on site?

Yes, there will be a number of bars and food stalls at Boucher Road Playing Fields on both days. Photographic ID is required for those purchasing alchohol.

What security measures will be in place?

There will be increased security on both days and music fans are advised to leave plenty of time for these.

No handbags or large backpacks will be allowed.

Other restrictions include:

  • Do not bring alcohol, food, drinks (excl. less than 500ml sealed water) glass, cans, fireworks, flags, laser pens or pointers, spikes, studs or anything dangerous, umbrellas, poles, fold up or blow up chairs or garden furniture, professional audio or visual recording equipment.
  • Football or GAA tops will not be permitted on the concert site, so please don’t wear these to the event. Sports flags / banners are also not permitted.
  • Moshing, Crowd Surfing and other antisocial behaviour is not permitted.
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Tiesto ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph )

What is the best way to get to and from the venue?

You are strongly advised to use public transport where possible due to the large number of people attending both events.

There will be no parking or drop off points available in the immediate area of the concert site.

Transport options include:

Trains: Late night return train services will run from Balmoral Station to Belfast City Centre, Portadown, Bangor, Carrickfergus & Coleraine from approximately 10.45pm - 11.45pm. Buy your return ticket online or from any main station.

Coaches: Special regional coach services will operate from L’Derry, Newry, Strabane, Omagh and Dungannon. Bookings must be made online in advance.

Metro shuttle service: Regular Metro shuttle bus services will operate to and from the concerts, departing from Donegal Square East, approximately every 10 minutes.

A Metro Shuttle bus service will be stationed on Boucher Crescent, just off Boucher Road and will be available after each concert to take you back into the city centre.

For more information visit www.translink.co.uk/concert-event-travel/vital-festival.

Anything else I need to know?

Promoters have issued the following advice points to those attending the concerts:

  • Please dress appropriately and always be prepared for the weather. If necessary, bring wellies.
  • Respect the property and privacy of the residents in the vicinity of the Boucher Road Playing Fields
  • For your own safety please co-operate with the instructions of PSNI and stewards and follow any public address announcements
  • Drink responsibly, if you are of legal age and choose to consume alcohol please drink responsibly. The promoter reserves the right to refuse admission or have you escorted from site without a refund.
  • There are no re-admissions to the concert unless by prior arrangement through MCD.
  • Large outdoor festivals and concerts are not suitable for all children under 5 years old unless otherwise stated. There are no measures in place to facilitate babies and small children on site.
  • Plan your journey and please be aware that late-comers after the main act has taken to the stage may be refused admission.

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