Puppy love for US rockers Green Day at Belsonic festival
They may be better known for punk, tattoos and extreme hairstyles, but American rock stars Green Day and Rancid showed a distinctly softer side when they hosted a puppy party at Belsonic this week.
The bands performed at Belsonic on Wednesday night as part of Green Day's Revolution Radio Tour, but took time out to make furry friends with pups from Co Down-based Assisi Animal Sanctuary, which rescues and rehomes dogs, cats, rabbits and other small animals.
Photos of the encounter, which were posted on the Belsonic Facebook page, show band members and their crews cuddling up to the pups.
Assisi's Alison Murphy said the charity had been happy to fulfil this VIP (very important pet) request.
"It was the first time we have ever had a request for a puppy party, so we loaded up the animal ambulance and took down seven terrier pups aged around 10-12 weeks," she told the Belfast Telegraph.
"They had built a special paddock at Belsonic, and we had several staff on hand to make sure there weren't any escapees.
"The puppies were very well behaved, but some of the bands' entourage were left disappointed as they were asking how they would get them back to America and we had to tell them that the pups have all been rehomed.
"Everyone was lovely and the puppies weren't star-struck - they just took it all in their stride and no one's guitar got chewed.
"I think our animals are well prepared to meet some more rock stars in future, and it gets the word out about what we do."
To view the pets available for adoption at Assisi, or to make a donation, visit www.assisi-ni.org.