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Friday 19 December 2014

Superstar Pink thrills Belfast fans

High-flying singer has 25,000-strong crowd eating out of her hand

Pink plays Belfast - June 2010.  To launch gallery click on image above
Pink plays Belfast - June 2010. To launch gallery click on image above
Pink live on stage at the King's Hall in Belfast.
Pink live on stage at the King's Hall in Belfast.
Thousands of fans watch Pink perform on stage at the King's Hall in Belfast
Alan Lewis - Photopress Belfast 16/6/2010Mandatory Credit - Picture by Justin KernoghanPINK live on stage at the King's Hall in Belfast.
Pink live on stage at the King's Hall in Belfast.
Pink live on stage at the King's Hall in Belfast.
Pink live on stage at the King's Hall in Belfast.
Pink live on stage at the King's Hall in Belfast.
IMAGES FROM THIS YEAR'S MEGA SNOW PATROL GIG IN BANGOR AND BELFAST TELEGRAPH NIGHTLIFE GALLERY
Snow Patrol, Bangor. June 2010.
Snow Patrol lead singer Gary Lightbody performs to more than 40,000 people in Bangor's Ward Park
Snow Patrol pay Bangor. June 2010.
Snow Patrol play Bangor. June 2010.
Picture Credit Mark Pearce/Presseye ©Mark Pearce/Presseye- 5th June 2010 Press Eye Ltd- Northern Ireland 5th June 2010 _____ Mandatory Credit - Photo Mark Pearce/PresseyeSnow Patrols return to Northern Ireland is opon us .. Ward Park , Bangor was host to over 40,000 excited fans .Christopher Holland, Emma McBride, Louise Coyle and Gemma KellyPicture Credit Mark Pearce/Presseye
Snow Patrol play Bangor. June 2010.
Snow Patrol play Bangor. June 2010.
Snow Patrol play Bangor. June 2010.
Snow Patrol play Bangor. June 2010.
Snow Patrol play Bangor. June 2010.
Snow Patrol play Bangor. June 2010.
Snow Patrol play Bangor. June 2010.
Snow Patrol play Bangor. June 2010.
Snow Patrol play Bangor. June 2010.
Snow Patrol play Bangor. June 2010.
Snow Patrol play Bangor. June 2010.
Snow Patrol play Bangor. June 2010.
Snow Patrol play Bangor. June 2010.
Snow Patrol play Bangor. June 2010.
Snow Patrol play Bangor. June 2010.
Snow Patrol play Bangor. June 2010.
Snow Patrol play Bangor. June 2010.
Snow Patrol play Bangor. June 2010.
Snow Patrol play Bangor. June 2010.
Snow Patrol play Bangor. June 2010.
Snow Patrol play Bangor. June 2010.
Snow Patrol play Bangor. June 2010.
Snow Patrol play Bangor. June 2010.
Snow Patrol play Bangor. June 2010.
Snow Patrol play Bangor. June 2010.
Snow Patrol play Bangor. June 2010.
Snow Patrol play Bangor. June 2010.
Snow Patrol concert in Bangor. June 2010
Snow Patrol concert in Bangor. June 2010
Snow Patrol concert in Bangor. June 2010
Snow Patrol concert in Bangor. June 2010
Snow Patrol concert in Bangor. June 2010
Snow Patrol concert in Bangor. June 2010
Snow Patrol concert in Bangor. June 2010
Snow Patrol concert in Bangor. June 2010
Snow Patrol concert in Bangor. June 2010
Snow Patrol concert in Bangor. June 2010
Snow Patrol concert in Bangor. June 2010
Snow Patrol concert in Bangor. June 2010
Snow Patrol concert in Bangor. June 2010
Snow Patrol concert in Bangor. June 2010
Snow Patrol concert in Bangor. June 2010
Snow Patrol concert in Bangor. June 2010
Snow Patrol concert in Bangor. June 2010
Snow Patrol concert in Bangor. June 2010
Snow Patrol concert in Bangor. June 2010
Snow Patrol concert in Bangor. June 2010
Snow Patrol concert in Bangor. June 2010
Snow Patrol concert in Bangor. June 2010
Snow Patrol concert in Bangor. June 2010
Alan Lewis - Photopress Belfast 6/6/2010Snow Patrol (lead singer Gary Lightbody) live on stage at Ward Park in Bangor, County Down at the weekend. Over 40,000 fans attended the open-air event which included General Fiasco (who opened the main stage at the weekend, they are one of the many exciting new bands coming out of the Belfast music scene at the moment), Band of Horses (second on the Ward Park main stage. With 3 albums already under their belt, this five piece lead by the lulling vocals of frontman Ben Bridwell, have slowly been building a strong and dedicated fanbase since their inception in 2004) and Lisa Hannigan (Irish singer songwriter Lisa Hannigan (third on the main stage at Ward Park, Lisa released her debut album in 2009, ‘Sea Saw’ bought Lisa critical acclaim from all sections of Irish and British media and led to nomi nations at last years Mercury Music Prize in the UK, Meteor Music Award in Ireland and picking up several awards in the Hot Press Readers Poll 2009.).
Snow Patrol concert in Bangor. June 2010
Snow Patrol concert in Bangor. June 2010
Snow Patrol lead singer Gary Lightbody performs to more than 40,000 people in Bangor's Ward Park
Snow Patrol lead singer Gary Lightbody performs to more than 40,000 people in Bangor's Ward Park
Snow Patrol lead singer Gary Lightbody performs to more than 40,000 people in Bangor's Ward Park
Snow Patrol lead singer Gary Lightbody performs to more than 40,000 people in Bangor's Ward Park
Snow Patrol guitarist Nathan Connolly performs to more than 40,000 people in Bangor's Ward Park
Snow Patrol fans enjoy the band's gig at Ward Park in Bangor
Snow Patrol fans enjoy the band's gig at Ward Park in Bangor
Snow Patrol fans enjoy the band's gig at Ward Park in Bangor
Snow Patrol fans enjoy the band's gig at Ward Park in Bangor
Snow Patrol fans enjoy the band's gig at Ward Park in Bangor
Snow Patrol fans enjoy the band's gig at Ward Park in Bangor
Snow Patrol fans enjoy the band's gig at Ward Park in Bangor
Snow Patrol fans enjoy the band's gig at Ward Park in Bangor
Snow Patrol lead singer Gary Lightbody performs to more than 40,000 people in Bangor's Ward Park
Snow Patrol fans enjoy the band's gig at Ward Park in Bangor
Snow Patrol fans enjoy the band's gig at Ward Park in Bangor
Snow Patrol fans enjoy the band's gig at Ward Park in Bangor
Snow Patrol fans enjoy the band's gig at Ward Park in Bangor
Snow Patrol fans enjoy the band's gig at Ward Park in Bangor
Snow Patrol fans enjoy the band's gig at Ward Park in Bangor
Snow Patrol lead singer Gary Lightbody performs to more than 40,000 people in Bangor's Ward Park
Snow Patrol lead singer Gary Lightbody performs to more than 40,000 people in Bangor's Ward Park
Snow Patrol lead singer Gary Lightbody performs to more than 40,000 people in Bangor's Ward Park
Snow Patrol lead singer Gary Lightbody performs to more than 40,000 people in Bangor's Ward Park
Snow Patrol fans enjoy the band's gig at Ward Park in Bangor
Snow Patrol fans enjoy the band's gig at Ward Park in Bangor
Snow Patrol lead singer Gary Lightbody performs to more than 40,000 people in Bangor's Ward Park
Snow Patrol lead singer Gary Lightbody performs to more than 40,000 people in Bangor's Ward Park
Snow Patrol fans enjoy the band's gig at Ward Park in Bangor
The Globe Belfast pictured Kelly Kirkpatrick and Kiera McVey
The Globe Belfast pictured Paula and Carla McNally and Lauren Hamilton
The Globe Belfast pictured Fiona McAuley and Jacquie Clarke
The Globe Belfast pictured Donna KEarney and CLaire Correla
The Globe Belfast pictured Justine Loughran and Maria Perry
The Globe Belfast pictured Kyla O'Neill, Justine Loghran, Maria Perry, Kyla Coole, Jade Sullivan
Pictured enjoying the Harp Ice Cold Big Gig on 23rd April are Victoria Bingham and Emma Kerr
Pictured enjoying the Harp Ice Cold Big Gig on 23rd April are Adam Sloan, Gary McCann and Tracey Auld
Pictured enjoying the Harp Ice Cold Big Gig on 23rd April are Barry and Steven Hutchinson
Pictured enjoying the Harp Ice Cold Big Gig on 23rd April are Geoff and Carrie Dickson
Pictured enjoying the Harp Ice Cold Big Gig on 23rd April are Glenda Robinson and Kenny Burke
Pictured enjoying the Harp Ice Cold Big Gig on 23rd April are Hannah Watson, Christine Jackson and Laura Mills
Pictured enjoying the Harp Ice Cold Big Gig on 23rd April are Stacie Lilburn and Christi McEvoy
Brirthday Girls, Genevieve Porter and Vicky Williamson, Apartment Belfast 3/4/10
The Boys are back in town! Fraser, Marc, Jamie, Jonny and Jason Clarke, Laverys, Bradbury Place
Ruth Wills, Victoria Morton, Sarah Thompson, Genevieve Porter, Debbie Wilson, Rachel Cromie at Rain Nightclub
Birthday Party for Vicky Williamson and Genevieve Porter at Rain Nightclub
Emma Riordan, Keelan Hanna, Gordan Coutts and Grace Melvin at the Harp Ice Cold Big Gig in the Spring and Airbrake on 19th March
Garry Toner, Jenny Wyatt and AJ Fahy at the Harp Ice Cold Big Gig in the Spring and Airbrake on 19th March
Jerry and Conor Donalson at the Harp Ice Cold Big Gig in the Spring and Airbrake on 19th March
Alan Lynn and Vicky Carson at the Harp Ice Cold Big Gig in the Spring and Airbrake on 19th March
Kimberley McKay and Holly Savage at the opening night of Horatio Todds
Emma McNeill and Kelly Squance at the opening night of Horatio Todds
Ruth Jackson and Caroline Reid at the opening night of Horatio Todds
Tracey Hall, Davina Sands and Leigh Courtney at the opening night of Horatio Todds
Kathy Agnew and Yvonne Cooke at the opening night of Horatio Todds
Nichola Leinster, Anna McCombe and Julie Scott at the opening night of Horatio Todds
Glyn Roberts and Stephanie McConville at the opening night of Horatio Todds
Joe Lindsay and Davey Matchett at the opening night of Horatio Todds

The Balmoral Showgrounds were transformed into a massive, open-air funfair last night as US superstar Pink brought her Summer Carnival tour to Belfast.

The singer treated 25,000 fans to a sprawling event the like of which the city had perhaps never seen before.

People of all ages, both sexes and various levels of intoxication wound their way through fairground rides and fast-food stands to the main arena, where a stage the size of City Hall and a sound system louder than a million vuvuzelas awaited.

The field had filled up nicely by the time support act Butch Walker appeared, though the shambling rocker — who has penned songs for the headliner — failed to win the hearts of more than the first few rows.

It was a different story for Pink, of course. The bleach-blonde anti-diva had Belfast in the palm of her hand from the moment she exploded out of a box 100 feet above the stage and descended to crowd-level on a wire. As entrances go, it was up there, literally. The circus theme — Pink's latest album is called Funhouse — would have been nothing new to anyone who has seen Take That or Britney Spears in the last few years, but this show took things to a new, gonzo level.

The drums were housed in a carousel, a pair of scantily clad clowns pushed a giant cannon around the stage and the video screens beamed out freaky, Pythonesque imagery. The band were a motley crew of tattooed long-hairs and foxy females, with Walker returning to help Pink out on covers of the Who's My Generation, Green Day's Basket Case and Roxanne by the Police.

As for the main woman herself, she cavorted up and down walkways, spinning from ropes and wires, and rolling over the heads of the audience in a huge, inflatable ball.

She even took time to hug a super-fan in the front row who had travelled all the way from Seattle.

Musically, it was as rocky as a pop gig gets. Just Like a Pill, Sober, So What and the rest lived up to the party atmosphere, with Pink's unique brand of fiery riffs and catchy choruses serving as the perfect soundtrack to her high-flying, death-defying antics.

ANDREW JOHNSTON

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