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

Paolo Nutini last played Belfast just eight months ago, at the Waterfront.

Last night's Belsonic headline slot was a rather speedy return, though eight months probably seems like a lifetime to the 23-year-old singer.

The fans weren't complaining either, having snapped up all tickets for this Custom House Square gig weeks in advance.

The rain held off for most of the night, though 5,000 expectant souls were huddled in the cold as Nutini and his seven-piece band sauntered onstage half an hour late.

Dressed in jeans and a striped jumper, the Paisley-born vocalist flopped about, rarely moving from centre-stage or communicating with the crowd.

He certainly isn't the most dynamic performer — and with his raspy voice Nutini is like a 70-year-old blues vet in an indie rocker's body — but the audience hung on his every croaked lyric.

Opening with the upbeat reggae of 10/10 and lurching between pop, funk, soul, jazz and country, the Italian-Scot gave new meaning to the word ‘eclectic'.

It was like a Jools Holland programme in which every time Jools spins around to introduce a band it's the same musicians playing in a different style.

Still, the likes of Alloway Grove, Candy, Worried Man, Pencil Full of Lead and New Shoes got the crowd moving — though it may just have been to keep warm.

ANDREW JOHNSTON

Belfast Telegraph


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