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Review: Stereophonics at Belsonic, Belfast

Stereophonics cheer Belsonic crowd

Custom House Square, Belfast

Published 21/08/2010

Stereophonics performing at Belsonic Festival in Custom House Square, Belfast
Stereophonics performing at Belsonic Festival in Custom House Square, Belfast
Stereophonics performing at Belsonic Festival in Custom House Square, Belfast
Stereophonics performing at Belsonic Festival in Custom House Square, Belfast
Stereophonics performing at Belsonic Festival in Custom House Square, Belfast
Stereophonics live on stage at Belsonic music festival
Stereophonics live on stage at Belsonic music festival
Stereophonics live on stage at Belsonic music festival
Stereophonics performing at Belsonic Festival in Custom House Square, Belfast
Stereophonics performing at Belsonic Festival in Custom House Square, Belfast
Stereophonics performing at Belsonic Festival in Custom House Square, Belfast
Stereophonics performing at Belsonic Festival in Custom House Square, Belfast
Fans watch Stereophonics, Belsonic Festival in Custom House Square, Belfast
Stereophonics performing at Belsonic Festival in Custom House Square, Belfast
Stereophonics singer Kelly Jones' husky tones were as distinctive as ever
Florence and the Machine performing at Belsonic Festival in Custom House Square, Belfast.
Florence and the Machine performing at Belsonic festival at Custom House Square, Belfast. Girl with red hair - Megan Lesley
Florence and the Machine performing at Belsonic in Custom House Square, Belfast. Girl with red hair - Caroline McIlwaine
Florence and The Machine performing at Belsonic, Custom House Square, Belfast.
Florence and the Machine performing at Belsonic Festival in Custom House Square, Belfast.
Florence and the Machine performing at Belsonic Festival in Custom House Square, Belfast.
Florence and the Machine performing at Belsonic Festival in Custom House Square, Belfast.
Florence and the Machine performing at Belsonic Festival in Custom House Square, Belfast.
Florence and the Machine performing at Belsonic Festival in Custom House Square, Belfast.
Florence and the Machine performing at Belsonic Festival in Custom House Square, Belfast.
Florence and the Machine performing at Belsonic Festival in Custom House Square, Belfast.
Florence and the Machine performing at Belsonic Festival in Custom House Square, Belfast.
Florence and the Machine performing at Belsonic Festival in Custom House Square, Belfast.
Florence and the Machine performing at Belsonic Festival in Custom House Square, Belfast.
Florence and the Machine performing at Belsonic Festival in Custom House Square, Belfast.
Florence and the Machine performing at Belsonic Festival in Custom House Square, Belfast. Crowds wear ponchos and use umbrellas to hide from the rain
Florence and the Machine performing at Belsonic Festival in Custom House Square, Belfast.
Florence and the Machine performing at Belsonic Festival in Custom House Square, Belfast.
Florence and the Machine performing at Belsonic Festival in Custom House Square, Belfast
Florence and the Machine performing at Belsonic Festival in Custom House Square, Belfast
Florence and the Machine performing at Belsonic Festival in Custom House Square, Belfast
Florence and the Machine performing at Belsonic Festival in Custom House Square, Belfast
Florence and the Machine performing at Belsonic Festival in Custom House Square, Belfast
Florence and the Machine performing at Belsonic Festival in Custom House Square, Belfast
Florence and the Machine performing at Belsonic Festival last night in Custom House Square, Belfast. Girl with red hair - Caroline O'Sullivan
Florence and the Machine performing at Belsonic Festival last night in Custom House Square, Belfast. Girls with red hair - Aoibheann Doody, Laura Wilson and Ceara McGurk
Paolo Nutini performing at Belsonic Festival in Custom House Square, Belfast
Paolo Nutini, from Paisley in Scotland, on stage with members of his band, The Vipers, in Belfast's Custom House Square
Singer-songwriter Paolo Nutini live at Belsonic at Custom House Square
Fans watch Paolo Nutini live at Belsonic at Custom House Square
Singer-songwriter Paolo Nutini live at Belsonic at Custom House Square
Fans enjoying Scots singer-songwriter Paolo Nutini live at Belsonic at Custom House Square in Belfast
Scots singer-songwriter Paolo Nutini live at Belsonic at Custom House Square in Belfast
Fans enjoying Paolo Nutini live at Belsonic at Custom House Square in Belfast
Paolo Nutini on stage with members of his band, The Vipers, in Belfast's Custom House Square
Paolo Nutini live at Belsonic
Paolo Nutini on stage with members of his band - The Vipers
Fans enjoying Scots singer-songwriter Paolo Nutini live at Belsonic
Paolo Nutini, from Paisley in Scotland, on stage with members of his band, The Vipers, in Belfast's Custom House Square
Paolo Nutini live at Belsonic at Custom House Square in Belfast
Carly Connor band warming up the audience for Belsonic headline act Paolo Nutini
Paolo Nutini performing at Belsonic Festival in Custom House Square, Belfast
Paolo Nutini performing at Belsonic Festival in Custom House Square, Belfast
Paolo Nutini performing at Belsonic Festival in Custom House Square, Belfast
Paolo Nutini performing at Belsonic Festival in Custom House Square, Belfast
Paolo Nutini performing at Belsonic Festival in Custom House Square, Belfast
Paolo Nutini performing at Belsonic Festival in Custom House Square, Belfast
Paolo Nutini performing at Belsonic Festival in Custom House Square, Belfast
Paolo Nutini performing at Belsonic Festival in Custom House Square, Belfast. Rachel Singleton enjoys the show
Paolo Nutini performing at Belsonic Festival in Custom House Square, Belfast. Fans enjoying the gig
Paolo Nutini performing at Belsonic Festival in Custom House Square, Belfast. Deirdre Caldwell and Finnula Lindsey from Donegal enjoy the show
Fans thrilled as Belsonic kicks off in Belfast
Fans thrilled as Belsonic kicks off in Belfast
Kasabian performing at the first night on the Belsonic Festival in Custom House Square, Belfast
Kasabian performing at the first night on the Belsonic Festival in Custom House Square, Belfast
Kasabian performing at the first night on the Belsonic Festival in Custom House Square, Belfast
Ash performing at the first night on the Belsonic Festival in Custom House Square, Belfast
Ash performing at the first night on the Belsonic Festival in Custom House Square, Belfast
Kasabian performing at the first night on the Belsonic Festival in Custom House Square, Belfast.
Kasabian performing at the first night on the Belsonic Festival in Custom House Square, Belfast.
Kasabian performing at the first night on the Belsonic Festival in Custom House Square, Belfast.
Kasabian performing at the first night on the Belsonic Festival in Custom House Square, Belfast.
Kasabian performing at the first night on the Belsonic Festival in Custom House Square, Belfast.
Kasabian performing at the first night on the Belsonic Festival in Custom House Square, Belfast.
Kasabian performing at the first night on the Belsonic Festival in Custom House Square, Belfast.
Fans who arrived early got an unexpected bonus when local band ASH came on stage to do a sound check in Belfast's Custom House Square
Preparations for Belsonic Festival in Custom House Square
Preparations for Belsonic Festival in Custom House Square

Stereophonics staged a classic performance at the Belsonic musical festival in Belfast last night.

A farewell rendition of Dakota brought the crowd together in admiration while Maybe Tomorrow on the acoustic guitar left the hairs on the back of the neck on edge.

The Welsh rockers displayed all their versatility of pace and rhythm - at one point even using a piano - as they delighted fans at the Belsonic festival.

Classics like A Thousand Trees and Local Boy in the Photograph were interspersed with musical polemics against credit card misuse and even journalists.

Lead singer Kelly Jones' husky tones were as distinctive as ever and his showmanship was present to the last as he walked off to the strains of Marvin Gaye's Let's Get it On.

Yet the three-piece largely let their music do the talking as they thrilled the mainly 30-something audience at Custom House Square.

This was their first time in Belfast since 2007 at the Odyssey Arena and while their set appeared to pass all too quickly, the ability of Spanish drummer Javier Weyler, Richard Jones and Kelly Jones to capture the audience was undiminished.

The Jones' have known each other since their school days, performing in Cardiff working mens clubs. Richard Branson signed them for his new record label in 1996. Weyler stepped in as drummer from his former role as sound technician and has never looked back.

Billed as the city's biggest music event this summer, some of Europe's best-known names performed over the course of the eight-day Belsonic festival.

Paul Weller, DJ David Guetta and Biffy Clyro are also lined up to entertain the crowds as well as highly rated local groups Cashier Number 9 and General Fiasco.

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