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Muse and Biffy Clyro kick off Belfast Vital 2017 with epic gig

By Jackie Bell

Belfast Vital 2017 kicked off on Wednesday night with an epic headline set from rockers Muse and support from Biffy Clyro.

Thousands of fans filled the Boucher Road Playing Fields for a massive rock concert in the city which was easily delivered.

With Nothing But Thieves and Dublin band Fangclub each playing a set, fans were suitably warmed up for the concert's big names - both of which are no strangers to Belfast.

Muse last performed in the city in April 2016 as part of their Drones tour, while Biffy Clyro performed in November as well as last year's Belsonic.

The Scottish rockers took to the stage first to greet their excited fans with singer and guitarist Simon Neil appearing to take a moment to scan the crowd and take in the atmosphere.

The three-piece then headed straight into their set which was filled with crowd pleasing tunes and high energy.

Biffy Clyro's Simon Neil performing on stage at for the first night of Belfast Vital. Wednesday 23rd August 2017. Picture by Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX

Wolves of Winter, Biblical and Black Chandelier were among the set list while, as expected, Many Of Horror (When We Collide) earned a massive sing-along from the crowd.

"Belfast, we are glad to be back," said singer and bassist Ben Johnston. "We've missed you and you are looking beautiful."

"It looks just like Westeros here," Simon jokingly added in reference to Game of Thrones, which is filmed in Northern Ireland.

After performing for over and hour it was time for Biffy to say their goodbyes before headliners Muse took to the stage.

As always the band let their music and memorising stage production do the talking, while Matt Bellamy, Chris Wolstenholme and Dominic Howard rolled out hit after hit for the excited crowd.

Psycho, Hysteria, New Born, and Madness were all popular song choices from the band's extensive back catalogue, while Supermassive Black Hole, Time Is Running Out, and Uprising were also welcome additions to the set.

MUSE performing at Belfast Vital. Wednesday 23rd August 217. Picture by Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX

Muse are well known for their creative productions while on stage - witnessed most recently on their Drones tour - and they brought this visual masterpiece back to Belfast on Wednesday.

With streamers, lasers, and inflatables all included in the spectacle, fans were in high energy as the first night of Belfast Vital 2017 came to a close.

The festival will continue on Saturday, August 26 when Dutch DJ Tiesto will perform with support from Clean Bandit, Robin Schulz, Sigala, and Disciples.

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