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Red Hot Chili Peppers to headline Tennent's Vital 2016 in Belfast

Exclusive by Claire Cromie

The Red Hot Chili Peppers will headline Tennent's Vital 2016, BelfastTelegraph.co.uk can reveal.

The American rock giants were last in Belfast for the MTV Europe Music Awards in 2011 - and will return to Boucher Playing Fields this summer.

The festival normally takes place across two days over the August Bank Holiday weekend.

Organisers have lined up the Chilis to perform on Thursday 25th - sure to be a big hit with rock, punk and funk fans across Northern Ireland and the south.

However fans of Beyoncé will be disappointed, as a Facebook page announcing the Formation singer as the festival headliner turned out to be fake after accruing more than 9,000 likes.

Facebook has now removed the bogus Tennent's Vital page.

The Chili Peppers are touring worldwide this year, starting in New Orleans in April before gigging around a string of European cities and Russia, followed by UK dates at the Reading and Leeds Festivals on August 26 and 27.

Formed in the wake of the Los Angeles punk scene in 1983, they are one of the best-selling bands of all time with a fan base spanning across a few generations.

The band consists of founding members Anthony Kiedis, Flea, Chad Smith and Josh Klinghoffer, who joined in late-2009, replacing John Frusciante.

They've won seven Grammy Awards and sold over 80 million records worldwide.

Last year's Tennent's Vital attracted 65,000 music fans who flocked to south Belfast for Calvin Harris and The Script.

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