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Tennent's Vital: Everything you need to know for the weekend - stage times, bars, public transport and weather

Calvin Harris and The Script prepare for Boucher bash

By Jonathan Bell

The Script and Kodaline are set to party in Belfast for Tennent's Vital today and here is all the information you'll need to rock out in style.

Boucher Playing Fields has been transformed into a heaving music arena as 70,000 people descend on the venue for final day of the festival.

This year's festival is a bumper one. Combined the acts playing have sold some 60million singles and nearly 5m albums and between them they hold almost every music award you can name.

Tickets are sold out for Saturday, but some remain for Sunday.

Hot off their sell-out Croke Park shows, Dublin outfit, The Script are headlining Sunday night while DJ Calvin Harris staged what was billed as the biggest ever pyrotechnic show ever seen in the whole of Ireland.

The south Belfast event will have a 83metre-long bar - one of the biggest ever constructed - with 400 staff watering (alternatives available) the thousands.

Another 300 catering staff have been drafted in to keep the concert goers fed and more than 200 others will be on site to ensure the smooth running of the entertainment and all under the watchful eye of 700 security personnel.

Since Easter organisers have worked to ensure the show goes ahead without hiccups.

And with a 32m by 21m big screen, the only place sure to have a restricted view will be from the car park.

Or, if you are after a unique view, there's always the Big Wheel.

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Vital statistics:

What's on

Sunday: The Script, Kodaline, Annie Mac, Clean Bandit and Jack Savoretti.

Stage times

Box office opens at 1pm, gates at 4pm with the first act due on stage each day at 4.45pm - roughly, they are rock stars after all.

Both nights need to wrap up by 11pm.

Getting there

Fans are encouraged to use public transport to get to the venue.

Translink has put on special bus, train and coach services both to and from the playing fields.

Balmoral Train Station is the closest to the venue and and express service will run from 10.45pm. Shuttle buses have also been put on between city hall and Boucher Crescent.

There will also be late night services, subject to demand.

For more check Translink.

There will be NO parking or collections in the immediate vicinity of the venue and vehicles parked illegally will be towed.

Organisers are advising people to arrange pick-ups in the city centre and bus it to the venue.

Taxi ranks will be available on Apollo Road.

Road Closures

Boucher Road and Stockman's Lane will be closed both nights between 10.15pm and 11.45pm to allow those leaving to do so safely.

Food and drink

There, no doubt, will be Tennent's on offer. Magners cider will also be sold, as well as soft drinks and various concession stands offering a wide variety of food.


The concerts are over 16s events, however, a parent over the age of 25 can take up to two underage teens in.

People will be searched as they enter, so no alcohol, food, cans, flags, dangerous items, inflatable chairs OR umbrellas.

If you need to take food or drink with you for medical reasons, email

No football or GAA tops.

Take ID - bars will operate a strict challenge 25 policy.

If you show up drunk, you may not get in.

Enjoy yourself, but no crowd surfing or moshing.

Don't buy moody tickets, what's left can be bought from Ticketmaster or at the box office at the main concert site entrance.

As well as drug sniffer dogs, police will also be monitoring buses for those drinking onboard and will confiscate alcohol from those underage.

Fixed penalty notices will be issued to those drunk in a public place.

The Weather

Maybe best to wear a pair of wellies, waterproofs and several layers - remember no umbrellas are allowed in.

Saturday: A mixture of sunny spells and scattered showers. Max temp 18°C, min 10°C.

Sunday: Scattered showers will develop in the afternoon. Some of these may be heavy, but it will become gradually drier in the evening. Max temp 19°C.

Anything else?

Look out for the 'Vital Acts of Kindness team' - they'll be giving out prizes, including iPads.

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