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Foy Vance: Belfast rocks to Bangor Town at Custom House Square gig

By Ali Gordon

Foy Vance brought Bangor Town to Belfast with a sensational sell-out show at Custom House Square on Saturday night.

The Co Down singer wowed the crowds at his biggest ever headline gig in front of more than 5,000 revellers at the CHSq 2017 music festival.

It was a family affair for Foy, who grew up in Bangor’s Breezemount estate, as his teenage daughter Ella attended the gig wearing earrings engraved with Foy’s trademark moustache and his five-month-old son Sonny was dressed in an ‘I’m with the band’ jumper.

Foy played well-known hits including Bangor Town, She Burns and Joy Of Nothing as well as Guiding Light, which was made popular by mega star and close pal, Ed Sheeran.

The Galway Girl singer finished his X tour set with the song penned by Foy and the pair sang it at the funeral of John McDaid, the father of Snow Patrol’s Johnny McDaid.

Fans took out their mobile phones and shone the lights to create a magical moment at Custom House Square.

Foy Vance performing at Custom House Square during for the fifth night of CHSq. Saturday 19th August 2017. Picture by Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX

Foy is signed to Ed’s Gingerbread Man Records label, a division of Atlantic Records, and the pair even have matching tattoos of Guiding Light in Gaelic.

Ed said: “We both have Irish blood in us and a love of drink, so there’s never been a time hanging out with Foy when I’ve gone to bed before 5am.”

Foy has also co-written Ed’s hit songs Tenerife Sea and Afire Love with Johnny McDaid. Foy — whose latest album, Wild Swan, was produced by Elton John — also impressed the crowd with song Coco, written for and named after Friends actress Courteney Cox’s daughter.

The dad-of-two originally penned the catchy tune to make Coco laugh. Courteney, who is Johnny’s fiancee, directed the music video for the song.

Other crowd-pleasers included Ziggy Looked Me In The Eye and Be The Song.

Foy was joined on stage by Scottish singer Amy McDonald, Belfast’s David C Clements, and Portaferry musician Ryan McMullan, who toured with Ed Sheeran.

The trio warmed fans up before Foy’s stunning performance.

The gig marked the halfway stage of the CHSq 2017 line-up. Kasabian, Ocean Colour Scene, Carl Cox and Stiff Little Fingers are set to close CHSq 2017 this week.

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