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

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Published 19/02/2016

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - FEBRUARY 06: Recording artist Flea of Red Hot Chili Peppers performs onstage during DirecTV Super Saturday Night co-hosted by Mark Cuban's AXS TV at Pier 70 on February 6, 2016 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Christopher Polk/Getty Images for DirecTV)
SAN FRANCISCO, CA - FEBRUARY 06: Recording artist Flea of Red Hot Chili Peppers performs onstage during DirecTV Super Saturday Night co-hosted by Mark Cuban's AXS TV at Pier 70 on February 6, 2016 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Christopher Polk/Getty Images for DirecTV)
BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND - NOVEMBER 06: Anthony Keidis of Red Hot Chili Peppers during rehearsals before their live performance for the MTV Europe Music Awards at Ulster Hall on November 6, 2011 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Tim Whitby/Getty Images)
BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND - NOVEMBER 06: Michael 'Flea' Balzary of Red Hot Chili Peppers performs live for the MTV Europe Music Awards at Ulster Hall on November 6, 2011 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Tim Whitby/Getty Images)
SAN FRANCISCO, CA - FEBRUARY 06: Recording artist Flea of Red Hot Chili Peppers performs onstage during DirecTV Super Saturday Night co-hosted by Mark Cuban's AXS TV at Pier 70 on February 6, 2016 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Christopher Polk/Getty Images for DirecTV)
BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND - NOVEMBER 06: Anthony Keidis of Red Hot Chili Peppers performs live for the MTV Europe Music Awards at Ulster Hall on November 6, 2011 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Tim Whitby/Getty Images)
BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND - NOVEMBER 06: Michael 'Flea' Balzary of Red Hot Chili Peppers during rehearsals before their live performance for the MTV Europe Music Awards at Ulster Hall on November 6, 2011 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Tim Whitby/Getty Images)
BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND - NOVEMBER 06: Red Hot Chili Peppers perform during rehearsals before their live performance for the MTV Europe Music Awards at Ulster Hall on November 6, 2011 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Tim Whitby/Getty Images)
BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND - NOVEMBER 06: Anthony Keidis of Red Hot Chili Peppers during rehearsals before their live performance for the MTV Europe Music Awards at Ulster Hall on November 6, 2011 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Tim Whitby/Getty Images)
BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND - NOVEMBER 06: Anthony Keidis of Red Hot Chili Peppers performs live for the MTV Europe Music Awards at Ulster Hall on November 6, 2011 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Tim Whitby/Getty Images)
BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND - NOVEMBER 06: Anthony Keidis of Red Hot Chili Peppers performs live for the MTV Europe Music Awards at Ulster Hall on November 6, 2011 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Tim Whitby/Getty Images)
SAN FRANCISCO, CA - FEBRUARY 06: Recording artist Anthony Kiedis of Red Hot Chili Peppers performs onstage during DirecTV Super Saturday Night co-hosted by Mark Cuban's AXS TV at Pier 70 on February 6, 2016 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Gustavo Caballero/Getty Images for DirecTV)

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.

Burns performs on stage during the sell out concert featuring Calvin Harris, Ellie Goulding, John Newman, Disciples & Burns, Boucher Road playing fields Belfast. Pic: Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph.
Burns performs on stage during the sell out concert featuring Calvin Harris, Ellie Goulding, John Newman, Disciples & Burns, Boucher Road playing fields Belfast. Pic: Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph.
Tennent's Vital fans. Saturday August 29, 2015. Pic: Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX.
Tennents Vital Bank Holiday Weekend 2015 at Boucher Road playing fields Belfast. Picture - Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph.
Tennent's Vital fans. Saturday August 29, 2015. Pic: Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX.
John Newman performs on stage during the sell out concert featuring Calvin Harris, Ellie Goulding, John Newman, Disciples & Burns, Boucher Road playing fields Belfast. PIc: Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph.
Burns performs on stage during the sell out concert featuring Calvin Harris, Ellie Goulding, John Newman, Disciples & Burns, Boucher Road playing fields Belfast. Pic: Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph.
Tennent's Vital fans. Saturday August 29, 2015. Pic: Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX.
Tennent's Vital fans. Saturday August 29, 2015. Pic: Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX.
Calvin Harris performs on stage during the sell out concert featuring Calvin Harris, Ellie Goulding, John Newman, Disciples & Burns, Boucher Road playing fields Belfast. Pic: Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph.
Tennent's Vital fans. Saturday August 29, 2015. Pic: Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX.
Tennent's Vital fans. Saturday August 29, 2015. Pic: Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX.
Tennent's Vital fans. Saturday August 29, 2015. Pic: Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX.
Calvin Harris performs on stage during the sell out concert featuring Calvin Harris, Ellie Goulding, John Newman, Disciples & Burns, Boucher Road playing fields Belfast. Pic: Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph.
John Newman performs on stage during the sell out concert featuring Calvin Harris, Ellie Goulding, John Newman, Disciples & Burns, Boucher Road playing fields Belfast. Pic: Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph.
Live from Tennents Vital Bank Holiday Weekend 2015 at Boucher Road playing fields Belfast. Calvin Harris performs on stage during the sell out concert featuring Calvin Harris, Ellie Goulding, John Newman, Disciples & Burns. Picture - Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph.
Tennents Vital Bank Holiday Weekend 2015 at Boucher Road playing fields Belfast. Calvin Harris performs on stage during the sell out concert featuring Calvin Harris, Ellie Goulding, John Newman, Disciples & Burns. Picture - Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph.
Tennents Vital Bank Holiday Weekend 2015 at Boucher Road playing fields Belfast. Calvin Harris performs on stage during the sell out concert featuring Calvin Harris, Ellie Goulding, John Newman, Disciples & Burns. Picture - Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph.
Tennent's Vital fans. Saturday August 29, 2015. Pic: Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX.
Tennent's Vital fans. Saturday August 29, 2015. Pic: Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX.
Tennent's Vital fans. Saturday August 29, 2015. Pic: Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX.
Tennents Vital Bank Holiday Weekend 2015 at Boucher Road playing fields Belfast. Calvin Harris performs on stage during the sell out concert featuring Calvin Harris, Ellie Goulding, John Newman, Disciples & Burns. Picture - Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph.
Tennents Vital Bank Holiday Weekend 2015 at Boucher Road playing fields Belfast. Calvin Harris performs on stage during the sell out concert featuring Calvin Harris, Ellie Goulding, John Newman, Disciples & Burns. Picture - Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph.
Tennent's Vital fans. Saturday August 29, 2015. Pic: Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX.
Tennent's Vital fans. Saturday August 29, 2015. Pic: Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX.
Tennent's Vital fans. Saturday August 29, 2015. Pic: Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX.
Tennents Vital Bank Holiday Weekend 2015 at Boucher Road playing fields Belfast. during the sell out concert featuring Calvin Harris, Ellie Goulding, John Newman, Disciples & Burns. Picture - Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph.
Tennents Vital Bank Holiday Weekend 2015 at Boucher Road playing fields Belfast. Calvin Harris performs on stage during the sell out concert featuring Calvin Harris, Ellie Goulding, John Newman, Disciples & Burns. Picture - Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph.
Tennent's Vital fans. Saturday August 29, 2015. Pic: Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX.
Tennent's Vital fans. Saturday August 29, 2015. Pic: Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX.
Tennent's Vital fans. Saturday August 29, 2015. Pic: Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX.
Tennent's Vital fans. Saturday August 29, 2015. Pic: Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX.
Tennents Vital Bank Holiday Weekend 2015 at Boucher Road playing fields Belfast. Calvin Harris performs on stage during the sell out concert featuring Calvin Harris, Ellie Goulding, John Newman, Disciples & Burns. Picture - Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph.
Tennents Vital Bank Holiday Weekend 2015 at Boucher Road playing fields Belfast. Calvin Harris performs on stage during the sell out concert featuring Calvin Harris, Ellie Goulding, John Newman, Disciples & Burns. Picture - Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph.
Tennent's Vital fans. Saturday August 29, 2015. Pic: Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX.
Tennent's Vital fans. Saturday August 29, 2015. Pic: Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX.
Tennent's Vital fans. Saturday August 29, 2015. Pic: Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX.
Tennents Vital Bank Holiday Weekend 2015 at Boucher Road playing fields Belfast. Calvin Harris performs on stage during the sell out concert featuring Calvin Harris, Ellie Goulding, John Newman, Disciples & Burns. Picture - Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph.
Tennents Vital Bank Holiday Weekend 2015 at Boucher Road playing fields Belfast. Calvin Harris performs on stage during the sell out concert featuring Calvin Harris, Ellie Goulding, John Newman, Disciples & Burns. Picture - Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph.
Tennents Vital Bank Holiday Weekend 2015 at Boucher Road playing fields Belfast. Calvin Harris performs on stage during the sell out concert featuring Calvin Harris, Ellie Goulding, John Newman, Disciples & Burns. Picture - Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph.
Tennents Vital Bank Holiday Weekend 2015 at Boucher Road playing fields Belfast. Calvin Harris performs on stage during the sell out concert featuring Calvin Harris, Ellie Goulding, John Newman, Disciples & Burns. Picture - Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph.
Tennents Vital Bank Holiday Weekend 2015 at Boucher Road playing fields Belfast. Calvin Harris performs on stage during the sell out concert featuring Calvin Harris, Ellie Goulding, John Newman, Disciples & Burns. Picture - Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph.
Tennents Vital Bank Holiday Weekend 2015 at Boucher Road playing fields Belfast. Calvin Harris performs on stage during the sell out concert featuring Calvin Harris, Ellie Goulding, John Newman, Disciples & Burns. Picture - Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph.
Tennent's Vital fans. Saturday August 29, 2015. Pic: Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX.
Tennent's Vital fans. Saturday August 29, 2015. Pic: Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX.
Tennent's Vital fans. Saturday August 29, 2015. Pic: Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX.
Tennent's Vital fans. Saturday August 29, 2015. Pic: Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX.
Tennents Vital Bank Holiday Weekend 2015 at Boucher Road playing fields Belfast. Picture - Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph.
Tennents Vital Bank Holiday Weekend 2015 at Boucher Road playing fields Belfast. Picture - Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph.
Tennents Vital Bank Holiday Weekend 2015 at Boucher Road playing fields Belfast. Picture - Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph.
Tennents Vital Bank Holiday Weekend 2015 at Boucher Road playing fields Belfast. Picture - Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph.
Tennent's Vital fans. Saturday August 29, 2015. Pic: Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX.
Tennent's Vital fans. Saturday August 29, 2015. Pic: Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX.
Tennent's Vital fans. Saturday August 29, 2015. Pic: Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX.
Tennents Vital Bank Holiday Weekend 2015 at Boucher Road playing fields Belfast. Picture - Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph.
Tennents Vital Bank Holiday Weekend 2015 at Boucher Road playing fields Belfast. Picture - Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph.
Tennent's Vital fans. Saturday August 29, 2015. Pic: Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX.
Tennents Vital Bank Holiday Weekend 2015 at Boucher Road playing fields Belfast. Picture - Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph.
Tennents Vital Bank Holiday Weekend 2015 at Boucher Road playing fields Belfast. Picture - Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph.
Tennents Vital Bank Holiday Weekend 2015 at Boucher Road playing fields Belfast. Picture - Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph.
Tennents Vital Bank Holiday Weekend 2015 at Boucher Road playing fields Belfast. Picture - Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph.
Tennents Vital Bank Holiday Weekend 2015 at Boucher Road playing fields Belfast. Picture - Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph.
Tennents Vital Bank Holiday Weekend 2015 at Boucher Road playing fields Belfast. Picture - Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph.
Tennent's Vital fans. Saturday August 29, 2015. Pic: Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX.
Tennent's Vital fans. Saturday August 29, 2015. Pic: Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX.
Tennents Vital Bank Holiday Weekend 2015 at Boucher Road playing fields Belfast. Picture - Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph.
Tennent's Vital fans. Saturday 29 August 2015. Pic: Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX.
Tennent's Vital fans. Saturday 29 August 2015. Pic: Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX.
Tennent's Vital fans. Saturday August 29, 2015. Pic: Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX.
Tennent's Vital fans. Saturday August 29, 2015. Pic: Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX.
Tennent's Vital fans. Saturday August 29, 2015. Pic: Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX.
Tennents Vital Bank Holiday Weekend 2015 at Boucher Road playing fields Belfast. Picture - Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph.
Tennents Vital Bank Holiday Weekend 2015 at Boucher Road playing fields Belfast. Picture - Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph.
Tennents Vital Bank Holiday Weekend 2015 at Boucher Road playing fields Belfast. Picture - Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph.
Tennent's Vital fans. Saturday 29 August 2015. Pic: Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX.
Tennents Vital Bank Holiday Weekend 2015 at Boucher Road playing fields Belfast. Picture - Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph.
Tennents Vital Bank Holiday Weekend 2015 at Boucher Road playing fields Belfast. Picture - Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph.
Tennent's Vital fans. Saturday 29 August 2015. Pic: Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX.
Tennents Vital Bank Holiday Weekend 2015 at Boucher Road playing fields Belfast. Picture - Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph.
Tennents Vital Bank Holiday Weekend 2015 at Boucher Road playing fields Belfast. Picture - Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph.
Tennents Vital Bank Holiday Weekend 2015 at Boucher Road playing fields Belfast. Picture - Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph.
Tennents Vital Bank Holiday Weekend 2015 at Boucher Road playing fields Belfast. Picture - Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph.
Tennents Vital Bank Holiday Weekend 2015 at Boucher Road playing fields Belfast. Picture - Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph.
Tennents Vital Bank Holiday Weekend 2015 at Boucher Road playing fields Belfast. Picture - Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph.
Tennents Vital Bank Holiday Weekend 2015 at Boucher Road playing fields Belfast. Picture - Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph.
Tennents Vital Bank Holiday Weekend 2015 at Boucher Road playing fields Belfast. Picture - Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph.
Tennents Vital Bank Holiday Weekend 2015 at Boucher Road playing fields Belfast. Picture - Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph.
Tennents Vital Bank Holiday Weekend 2015 at Boucher Road playing fields Belfast. Picture - Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph.
Tennents Vital Bank Holiday Weekend 2015 at Boucher Road playing fields Belfast. Picture - Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph.
Tennent's Vital fans. Saturday 29 August 2015. Pic: Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX.
Tennents Vital Bank Holiday Weekend 2015 at Boucher Road playing fields Belfast. Picture - Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph.
Tennents Vital Bank Holiday Weekend 2015 at Boucher Road playing fields Belfast. Picture - Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph.
Tennents Vital Bank Holiday Weekend 2015 at Boucher Road playing fields Belfast. Picture - Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph.
Tennents Vital Bank Holiday Weekend 2015 at Boucher Road playing fields Belfast. Picture - Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph.
Tennents Vital Bank Holiday Weekend 2015 at Boucher Road playing fields Belfast. Picture - Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph.
Tennents Vital Bank Holiday Weekend 2015 at Boucher Road playing fields Belfast. Picture - Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph.
Tennents Vital Bank Holiday Weekend 2015 at Boucher Road playing fields Belfast. Picture - Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph.
Tennents Vital Bank Holiday Weekend 2015 at Boucher Road playing fields Belfast. Picture - Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph.
Tennents Vital Bank Holiday Weekend 2015 at Boucher Road playing fields Belfast. Picture - Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph.
Tennents Vital Bank Holiday Weekend 2015 at Boucher Road playing fields Belfast. Picture - Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph.
Tennents Vital Bank Holiday Weekend 2015 at Boucher Road playing fields Belfast. Picture - Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph.
Tennents Vital Bank Holiday Weekend 2015 at Boucher Road playing fields Belfast. Picture - Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph.
Tennents Vital Bank Holiday Weekend 2015 at Boucher Road playing fields Belfast. Picture - Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph.
Tennents Vital Bank Holiday Weekend 2015 at Boucher Road playing fields Belfast. Picture - Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph.
Tennents Vital Bank Holiday Weekend 2015 at Boucher Road playing fields Belfast. Picture - Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph.
Tennents Vital Bank Holiday Weekend 2015 at Boucher Road playing fields Belfast. Picture - Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph.
Tennents Vital Bank Holiday Weekend 2015 at Boucher Road playing fields Belfast. Picture - Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph.

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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