Belfast Telegraph

Monday 14 July 2014

Bruce Springsteen fans right on queue for Belfast gig

Bruce Springsteen.
Bruce Springsteen.

Thousands of music fans are set for a spectacular night as US superstar Bruce Springsteen takes to the stage of the King's Hall.

'The Boss' and his E Street Band will finally reward loyal fans with the hugely anticipated open-air gig – only his fourth show here in his 40-year career.

Around 25,000 people are expected to watch the Born To Run singer tonight with hundreds already camping outside the Belfast venue to ensure a top spot for the concert.

Amid scorching temperatures, die-hard fans had started to gather outside the King's Hall for the sold-out concert from Thursday –many travelling from as far as Germany and Belgium.

Tickets were snapped up in less than 90 minutes for the gig, the penultimate in his 18-month-long Wrecking Ball World Tour before his final concert at Nowlan Park in Kilkenny next Sunday.

Avid fans can expect to hear showcase tracks from the New Jersey man's 10th No.1 US album as well as classic tracks including, Dancing In The Dark and The Promised Land.

Meanwhile, festival-goers have travelled to Draperstown in Co Londonderry for the last annual Glasgowbury event.

Now in its 13th year, it kicked off yesterday amid glorious weather at the Eagle's Rock.

And for the first time it has expanded to a two-day festival showcasing the best in local talent.

On the bill are Downpatrick rockers The Answer, Derry dance duo The Japanese Popstars and north coast instrumentalists And So I Watch You From Afar.

Stuart Baillie, broadcaster and co-founder of the Oh Yeah Music Centre, said anyone going to either Bruce Springsteen or Glasgowbury is in for a treat.

"I've seen Springsteen about eight or nine times now and I've never seen him do a bad show," he said.

"He has an incredible rejuvenation going on over the last couple of years."

"He is in his 60s but he's as fit as a butcher's dog and plays these incredibly long sets. I don't know where he gets it from but he could supply the national grid with energy.

"When he is on stage he just bounds around and is connected with the audience. It's a phenomenally well-drilled band. He is known to play up to three-hour sets so you don't know what you are going to get, but whatever you will get it will be massively rewarding."

Speaking about Glasgowbury, Baillie said it will be a great weekend – and summer – for music fans.

"We have been blessed with the weather and Vital is coming up so it should be a good summer for people wanting to enjoy live bands," he added.

Translink and organisers are encouraging people to use bus and rail travel to south Belfast for the Springsteen concert including special late-night return services to bring people home.

To book travel tickets or for further information on Translink's special Bruce Springsteen coach and train services, click www.translink.co.uk/brucespring steen or call 028 9066 6630.

FACTFILE

* Bruce Springsteen (63) was born in Long Branch, New Jersey, on September 23, 1949

* His most successful studio albums are Born In The USA and Born To Run

* He has sold more than 120 million albums

* He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1999

* Rolling Stone ranked him as the 23rd greatest artist of all-time

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