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Live at Botanic Gardens 2019: everything you need to know about Belfast's newest festival

Nathan Carter
Nathan Carter
Matt (left) and Luke Goss of boy band Bros
Sir Van Morrison (Ken Haddock/PA)

Belfast's newest festival, Live at Botanic Gardens, continues this weekend with massive acts playing headline gigs in the picturesque setting of Belfast's famous gardens.

Running from June 21-28, this series of outdoor concerts will see thousands of music fans descend on the city's Botanic Gardens.

Ahead of the concerts, here's your ultimate guide to Live at Botanic Gardens 2019.

Who is performing at Live at Botanic Gardens?

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Sir Van Morrison (Ken Haddock/PA)
 

The line-up includes:

  • Picture This - June 21&22 (SOLD OUT)
  • Van Morrison - June 23 (SOLD OUT)
  • Bros - June 27
  • Summer Celebration featuring Nathan Carter and Jessie Buckley - June 28

What time do the gigs start and end?

Gates are scheduled to open at 6pm for all gigs except Summer Celebration, when they are due to open at 5.30pm. Gigs are estimated to finish at 10:30pm.

Please note there is no support at Van Morrison and the show will start at 8pm sharp.

All timings are subject to change. Please check aikenpromotions.com and ticketmaster.ie for all the latest event updates.

What are the age restrictions for the concerts?

Under 16s must be accompanied at all times by a parent or guardian attending the event who will remain with them and take full responsibility for them throughout the duration of the event.

If there is doubt whether a minor qualifies for age restrictions set out, proof of age may be requested. It is the responsibility of the adult accompanying the minor to be able to satisfy staff that the minor is the age they say. Please bring colour photocopy of the minor’s passport to prevent any unnecessary disappointment.

Fans are strongly advised against bringing young children to the concerts due to the sound volume and the potential upset for children amongst crowds. If you decide to bring your baby/toddler to the show, parents must sign a disclaimer form on admission to the venue. Also please note that a ticket is required for every concert attendee who would include babies and toddlers.

Will there be special travel arrangements for Live at Botanic Gardens?

Music fans are being encouraged to use public transport to and from the gigs where possible. As traffic and parking delays are inevitable please allow plenty of time to get to the venue.

While there are no special services running, bus and rail transport will bring you within a five minute walk of the venue. See translink.co.uk for further information.

There is no car parking available in the immediate vicinity of the venue, but 24-hour city centre car parks are available. Please visit belfastcity.gov.uk for full details.

Where can I buy tickets?

Tickets for Bros and Summer Celebration are still available and can be purchased from Ticketmaster outlets nationwide and www.ticketmaster.ie.

Standing tickets are the only tickets on sale. There is no provision for seating at any event.

Beware of bogus ticket sellers and tour operators. Do not buy tickets from unofficial sources.

If you have any queries regarding your tickets, contact Ticketmaster and they will be able to assist you. Please contact Ticketmaster directly by phone or via the 'ask a question tab' on ticketmaster.ie.

Are there any banking facilities on site?

A cash only bar will be in operation and merchandise can only be bought using cash – there will be no card facilities and no ATMs inside the park. Please note that once a patron has exited the venue, re-entry is not possible.

How's the weather looking for the concerts?

Mild and dry evenings with sunny intervals are forecast for the Picture This and Van Morrison gigs this weekend.

Bros fans will see an evening of sunny intervals with a moderate breeze. However, despite a 'Summer Celebration' on Saturday, fans should pack their ponchos as light rain and a gentle breeze is expected.

Northern Ireland weather is always unpredictable so keep an eye on the forecast prior to show day and dress accordingly.

If it rains, please leave all umbrellas at home as they will not be allowed inside the venue. Wear comfortable footwear suitable for uneven surfaces and walking around the venue. If the sun is shining, please bring along sun cream.

Will there be food and drink facilities at Botanic Gardens?

There will be a wide range of foods and beverages available to buy. Proof of age may be required if you wish to purchase alcohol.

Drinking water fountains will also be available at various points throughout the venue.

Are there any restricted items I won't be allowed to bring to the venue?

Umbrellas are not permitted in the venue. In the event of adverse weather conditions, you're advised bringing a rain mac or disposable raincoat .Cameras in excess of 35mm lens and video recorders will not be admitted.

Fag poles or sticks for banners are strictly prohibited. Only small banners of other (A4 or A3 size) will be permitted into the event as anything larger can obstruct the views of other fans.

Prohibited articles and items include the following: any article that may be used as a weapon, Professional cameras and recording devices (this applies to cameras that have detachable lenses). Bottles, glass vessels, cans, flasks, Frisbees, and similar items, dangerous or hazardous, illegal substances, scooters, skateboards, or other skates.

Prams/push chairs, inflatable and folding chairs, large suitcases/rucksacks, laptops, illegal merchandise items, umbrellas, hampers, and cold boxes, air horns, alcohol, drinks, food and animals (except service dogs and guide dogs).

Any person deemed to be offensive or abusive, or who may compromise public safety, will be reported to the police.

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