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Florence and the Machine performing at Belsonic Festival in Custom House Square, Belfast.

Florence and the Machine performing at Belsonic Festival in Custom House Square, Belfast.

JUSTIN KERNOGHAN

Florence and the Machine performing at Belsonic festival at Custom House Square, Belfast. Girl with red hair - Megan Lesley

Florence and the Machine performing at Belsonic festival at Custom House Square, Belfast. Girl with red hair - Megan Lesley

Florence and the Machine performing at Belsonic in Custom House Square, Belfast. Girl with red hair - Caroline McIlwaine

Florence and the Machine performing at Belsonic in Custom House Square, Belfast. Girl with red hair - Caroline McIlwaine

Florence and The Machine performing at Belsonic, Custom House Square, Belfast.

Florence and The Machine performing at Belsonic, Custom House Square, Belfast.

Florence and the Machine performing at Belsonic Festival in Custom House Square, Belfast.

Florence and the Machine performing at Belsonic Festival in Custom House Square, Belfast.

Alan Lewis

Florence and the Machine performing at Belsonic Festival in Custom House Square, Belfast.

Florence and the Machine performing at Belsonic Festival in Custom House Square, Belfast.

JUSTIN KERNOGHAN

Florence and the Machine performing at Belsonic Festival in Custom House Square, Belfast.

Florence and the Machine performing at Belsonic Festival in Custom House Square, Belfast.

JUSTIN KERNOGHAN

Florence and the Machine performing at Belsonic Festival in Custom House Square, Belfast.

Florence and the Machine performing at Belsonic Festival in Custom House Square, Belfast.

JUSTIN KERNOGHAN

Florence and the Machine performing at Belsonic Festival in Custom House Square, Belfast.

Florence and the Machine performing at Belsonic Festival in Custom House Square, Belfast.

JUSTIN KERNOGHAN

Florence and the Machine performing at Belsonic Festival in Custom House Square, Belfast.

Florence and the Machine performing at Belsonic Festival in Custom House Square, Belfast.

JUSTIN KERNOGHAN

Florence and the Machine performing at Belsonic Festival in Custom House Square, Belfast.

Florence and the Machine performing at Belsonic Festival in Custom House Square, Belfast.

JUSTIN KERNOGHAN

Florence and the Machine performing at Belsonic Festival in Custom House Square, Belfast.

Florence and the Machine performing at Belsonic Festival in Custom House Square, Belfast.

Florence and the Machine performing at Belsonic Festival in Custom House Square, Belfast.

Florence and the Machine performing at Belsonic Festival in Custom House Square, Belfast.

Florence and the Machine performing at Belsonic Festival in Custom House Square, Belfast.

Florence and the Machine performing at Belsonic Festival in Custom House Square, Belfast.

Florence and the Machine performing at Belsonic Festival in Custom House Square, Belfast.

Florence and the Machine performing at Belsonic Festival in Custom House Square, Belfast.

Florence and the Machine performing at Belsonic Festival in Custom House Square, Belfast. Crowds wear ponchos and use umbrellas to hide from the rain

Florence and the Machine performing at Belsonic Festival in Custom House Square, Belfast. Crowds wear ponchos and use umbrellas to hide from the rain

Florence and the Machine performing at Belsonic Festival in Custom House Square, Belfast.

Florence and the Machine performing at Belsonic Festival in Custom House Square, Belfast.

JUSTIN KERNOGHAN

Florence and the Machine performing at Belsonic Festival in Custom House Square, Belfast.

Florence and the Machine performing at Belsonic Festival in Custom House Square, Belfast.

JUSTIN KERNOGHAN

Florence and the Machine performing at Belsonic Festival in Custom House Square, Belfast

Florence and the Machine performing at Belsonic Festival in Custom House Square, Belfast

Florence and the Machine performing at Belsonic Festival in Custom House Square, Belfast

Florence and the Machine performing at Belsonic Festival in Custom House Square, Belfast

Florence and the Machine performing at Belsonic Festival in Custom House Square, Belfast

Florence and the Machine performing at Belsonic Festival in Custom House Square, Belfast

Florence and the Machine performing at Belsonic Festival in Custom House Square, Belfast

Florence and the Machine performing at Belsonic Festival in Custom House Square, Belfast

Florence and the Machine performing at Belsonic Festival in Custom House Square, Belfast

Florence and the Machine performing at Belsonic Festival in Custom House Square, Belfast

Florence and the Machine performing at Belsonic Festival in Custom House Square, Belfast

Florence and the Machine performing at Belsonic Festival in Custom House Square, Belfast

Florence and the Machine performing at Belsonic Festival last night in Custom House Square, Belfast. Girl with red hair - Caroline O'Sullivan

Florence and the Machine performing at Belsonic Festival last night in Custom House Square, Belfast. Girl with red hair - Caroline O'Sullivan

Florence and the Machine performing at Belsonic Festival last night in Custom House Square, Belfast. Girls with red hair - Aoibheann Doody, Laura Wilson and Ceara McGurk

Florence and the Machine performing at Belsonic Festival last night in Custom House Square, Belfast. Girls with red hair - Aoibheann Doody, Laura Wilson and Ceara McGurk

Paolo Nutini performing at Belsonic Festival in Custom House Square, Belfast

Paolo Nutini performing at Belsonic Festival in Custom House Square, Belfast

Paolo Nutini, from Paisley in Scotland, on stage with members of his band, The Vipers, in Belfast's Custom House Square

Paolo Nutini, from Paisley in Scotland, on stage with members of his band, The Vipers, in Belfast's Custom House Square

Singer-songwriter Paolo Nutini live at Belsonic at Custom House Square

Singer-songwriter Paolo Nutini live at Belsonic at Custom House Square

JUSTIN KERNOGHAN

Fans watch Paolo Nutini live at Belsonic at Custom House Square

Fans watch Paolo Nutini live at Belsonic at Custom House Square

JUSTIN KERNOGHAN

Singer-songwriter Paolo Nutini live at Belsonic at Custom House Square

Singer-songwriter Paolo Nutini live at Belsonic at Custom House Square

JUSTIN KERNOGHAN

Fans enjoying Scots singer-songwriter Paolo Nutini live at Belsonic at Custom House Square in Belfast

Fans enjoying Scots singer-songwriter Paolo Nutini live at Belsonic at Custom House Square in Belfast

JUSTIN KERNOGHAN

Scots singer-songwriter Paolo Nutini live at Belsonic at Custom House Square in Belfast

Scots singer-songwriter Paolo Nutini live at Belsonic at Custom House Square in Belfast

JUSTIN KERNOGHAN

Fans enjoying Paolo Nutini live at Belsonic at Custom House Square in Belfast

Fans enjoying Paolo Nutini live at Belsonic at Custom House Square in Belfast

JUSTIN KERNOGHAN

Paolo Nutini on stage with members of his band, The Vipers, in Belfast's Custom House Square

Paolo Nutini on stage with members of his band, The Vipers, in Belfast's Custom House Square

Paolo Nutini live at Belsonic

Paolo Nutini live at Belsonic

JUSTIN KERNOGHAN

Paolo Nutini on stage with members of his band - The Vipers

Paolo Nutini on stage with members of his band - The Vipers

Fans enjoying Scots singer-songwriter Paolo Nutini live at Belsonic

Fans enjoying Scots singer-songwriter Paolo Nutini live at Belsonic

JUSTIN KERNOGHAN

Paolo Nutini, from Paisley in Scotland, on stage with members of his band, The Vipers, in Belfast's Custom House Square

Paolo Nutini, from Paisley in Scotland, on stage with members of his band, The Vipers, in Belfast's Custom House Square

Paolo Nutini live at Belsonic at Custom House Square in Belfast

Paolo Nutini live at Belsonic at Custom House Square in Belfast

JUSTIN KERNOGHAN

Carly Connor band warming up the audience for Belsonic headline act Paolo Nutini

Carly Connor band warming up the audience for Belsonic headline act Paolo Nutini

Alan Lewis

Paolo Nutini performing at Belsonic Festival in Custom House Square, Belfast

Paolo Nutini performing at Belsonic Festival in Custom House Square, Belfast

Paolo Nutini performing at Belsonic Festival in Custom House Square, Belfast

Paolo Nutini performing at Belsonic Festival in Custom House Square, Belfast

Paolo Nutini performing at Belsonic Festival in Custom House Square, Belfast

Paolo Nutini performing at Belsonic Festival in Custom House Square, Belfast

Paolo Nutini performing at Belsonic Festival in Custom House Square, Belfast

Paolo Nutini performing at Belsonic Festival in Custom House Square, Belfast

Paolo Nutini performing at Belsonic Festival in Custom House Square, Belfast

Paolo Nutini performing at Belsonic Festival in Custom House Square, Belfast

Paolo Nutini performing at Belsonic Festival in Custom House Square, Belfast

Paolo Nutini performing at Belsonic Festival in Custom House Square, Belfast

Paolo Nutini performing at Belsonic Festival in Custom House Square, Belfast

Paolo Nutini performing at Belsonic Festival in Custom House Square, Belfast

Paolo Nutini performing at Belsonic Festival in Custom House Square, Belfast. Rachel Singleton enjoys the show

Paolo Nutini performing at Belsonic Festival in Custom House Square, Belfast. Rachel Singleton enjoys the show

Paolo Nutini performing at Belsonic Festival in Custom House Square, Belfast. Fans enjoying the gig

Paolo Nutini performing at Belsonic Festival in Custom House Square, Belfast. Fans enjoying the gig

Paolo Nutini performing at Belsonic Festival in Custom House Square, Belfast. Deirdre Caldwell and Finnula Lindsey from Donegal enjoy the show

Paolo Nutini performing at Belsonic Festival in Custom House Square, Belfast. Deirdre Caldwell and Finnula Lindsey from Donegal enjoy the show

Fans thrilled as Belsonic kicks off in Belfast

Fans thrilled as Belsonic kicks off in Belfast

JUSTIN KERNOGHAN

Fans thrilled as Belsonic kicks off in Belfast

Fans thrilled as Belsonic kicks off in Belfast

JUSTIN KERNOGHAN

Kasabian performing at the first night on the Belsonic Festival in Custom House Square, Belfast

Kasabian performing at the first night on the Belsonic Festival in Custom House Square, Belfast

Kasabian performing at the first night on the Belsonic Festival in Custom House Square, Belfast

Kasabian performing at the first night on the Belsonic Festival in Custom House Square, Belfast

Kasabian performing at the first night on the Belsonic Festival in Custom House Square, Belfast

Kasabian performing at the first night on the Belsonic Festival in Custom House Square, Belfast

Ash performing at the first night on the Belsonic Festival in Custom House Square, Belfast

Ash performing at the first night on the Belsonic Festival in Custom House Square, Belfast

Ash performing at the first night on the Belsonic Festival in Custom House Square, Belfast

Ash performing at the first night on the Belsonic Festival in Custom House Square, Belfast

Kasabian performing at the first night on the Belsonic Festival in Custom House Square, Belfast.

Kasabian performing at the first night on the Belsonic Festival in Custom House Square, Belfast.

Kasabian performing at the first night on the Belsonic Festival in Custom House Square, Belfast.

Kasabian performing at the first night on the Belsonic Festival in Custom House Square, Belfast.

Kasabian performing at the first night on the Belsonic Festival in Custom House Square, Belfast.

Kasabian performing at the first night on the Belsonic Festival in Custom House Square, Belfast.

Kasabian performing at the first night on the Belsonic Festival in Custom House Square, Belfast.

Kasabian performing at the first night on the Belsonic Festival in Custom House Square, Belfast.

Kasabian performing at the first night on the Belsonic Festival in Custom House Square, Belfast.

Kasabian performing at the first night on the Belsonic Festival in Custom House Square, Belfast.

Kasabian performing at the first night on the Belsonic Festival in Custom House Square, Belfast.

Kasabian performing at the first night on the Belsonic Festival in Custom House Square, Belfast.

Kasabian performing at the first night on the Belsonic Festival in Custom House Square, Belfast.

Kasabian performing at the first night on the Belsonic Festival in Custom House Square, Belfast.

Fans who arrived early got an unexpected bonus when local band ASH came on stage to do a sound check in Belfast's Custom House Square

Fans who arrived early got an unexpected bonus when local band ASH came on stage to do a sound check in Belfast's Custom House Square

Alan Lewis

Preparations for Belsonic Festival in Custom House Square

Preparations for Belsonic Festival in Custom House Square

Preparations for Belsonic Festival in Custom House Square

Preparations for Belsonic Festival in Custom House Square

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Florence and the Machine performing at Belsonic Festival in Custom House Square, Belfast.

Rain failed to dampen spirits at Belsonic last night as Florence Welch and her five-piece machine ran through the fan favourites.

Jumping around the stage - Florence, dressed in a white flowing dress and resembling a Wiccan priestess, appeared to cast a spell on the crowd with her ethereal indie pop and mesmerising moves.

The red-head treated fans to tracks from debut album Lungs including My Boy Builds Coffins, Howl and Drumming.

While the soaring crescendo of Rabbit Heart is a highlight of any Florence and the Machine show, it is her cover of Candi Staton's You’ve got the Love that prompted the most euphoric reaction.

Florence, the band's only constant member, once described good music as "a kind of magic that lifts you up and takes you somewhere else". Last night, despite the weather, her musical sourcery did exactly that.

Gary Fennelly

Belfast Telegraph


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