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Kings of Leon rock festival crowd

Kings of Leon crowned an evening of noisy guitars in Belfast as they brought the first night of Tennent's Vital to a finale.

Stadium rock was the genre of choice as the US outfit delighted thousands of fans.

Use Somebody received among the most enthusiastic of responses but the band's southern roots showed through in some songs and there was a mixture of new and older material.

Supersoaker, their latest release, was appropriate on a night for raincoats but the mixed crowd from teenage to 40-ish refused to allow the weather to dampen spirits or flamboyant festival attire - one brave reveller was dressed in an all-green bear suit.

Kings of Leon is a Grammy award-winning rock band formed in 1999. Their singles Sex On Fire, Use Somebody, and Notion reached number one. Their sixth album, Mechanical Bull, will be released in September.

About 90,000 music fans are expected in south Belfast over the next three days for the Tennent's Vital festival.

Northern Ireland's Snow Patrol and Swedish DJ Avicii will headline on Thursday and Friday.

Other acts performing included The Vaccines and The Undertones on Wednesday, while Jason Mraz, Kodaline and Foy Vance take to the stage on Thursday.

On Friday, Tinie Tempah, Rudimental and Naughty Boy complete the line up, before dance star Avicii closes the festival.

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