Tennent’s Vital 2015: Police say 'enjoy the music and keep safe' as Belfast prepares to host The Script, Calvin Harris and Ellie Goulding
- Plan your journey in advance
- Car parking at King's Hall Complex
- Taxi pick-up is on Apollo Road
- Leave car at home if drinking
- Boucher Road and Stockman's Lane closed to traffic between 10.15pm and 11.45pm
As the clock ticks down until Northern Ireland's biggest entertainment weekend, Tennent's Vital, kicks off — the PSNI is asking revellers to keep safe.
An estimated 70,000 people will descend on Boucher Road Playing Fields to see Calvin Harris and Ellie Goulding on Saturday night and The Script on Sunday.
Police are reminding everyone attending the concerts to stay within the law.
Local Policing Superintendent Bobby Singleton said: “Police want everyone attending this year’s concerts to enjoy the music, have a good time, but most importantly, to stay safe.
“We are also encouraging those who are planning on attending the concerts to plan their journey in advance. Designated car parking has been allocated at the King's Hall Complex, with designated coach parking at the 'Fruit Market' Boucher Road. For those using taxis, the taxi pick-up point after each event will be Apollo Road.
“Anyone planning on driving to the event is advised to park their vehicle legally and to ensure that it is not obstructing the driveway of a residential property. Also, if you are planning on drinking at the concert, please do not drive. It only takes one drink to impair your decision making ability. The only right decision is to leave the car at home if you’re drinking.
“If you are going to drink, please do so responsibly as drunk people can be more vulnerable to becoming involved in crime, or tragically ending up the victim of crime, including sexual assault. Enjoy the concert, but look out for each other too.
“If you are planning on getting a lift home after the concert with a friend or relative, please be advised that Boucher Road and Stockman's Lane will be closed to traffic each night between 10.15pm - 11.45pm approximately. This is to ensure the safe exit of people from the venue. Please agree collection points in light of the fact that these roads will be closed to through traffic."
Superintendent Singleton also reminded concert goers to be respectful of the law and mindful of the consequences of breaking the law.
“Being drunk in a public place can attract a court fine of up to £250, with the potential for a criminal record. Police can also issue a fixed penalty of £40 for being drunk in a public place and £80 for disorderly behaviour or behaviour likely to cause a breach of the peace. We will also have our specialist drugs dogs on duty, who are incredibly effective at detecting even small amounts of drugs.
“We will be monitoring coaches approaching the venue. Drinking on buses is illegal and can pose a major road safety risk by distracting the driver. We will also confiscate alcohol from anyone under 18 years of age.
“We want to see everyone attending these concerts not only enjoying themselves but also obeying the law, acting responsibly and staying safe.”
Translink is providing special train services for fans travelling to to Boucher Playing Fields in south Belfast.
Festival organisers MCD are encouraging people to travel to and from the festival by train.
For full details of Translink’s Tennent’s Vital services visit www.translink.co.uk/tennentsvital or call 028 9066 6630.