Throughout the years Tennents Vital has provided some of the biggest and best bands from around the world for us music lovers to witness live on stage.
The likes of the Foo Fighters, The Stone Roses and Kings of Leon have played and before this year’s line-up was even announced I couldn’t help but think we were in for another great T-Vital. This of course was proven correct as global superstars The Killers were announced as one of the headline slots, bringing along with them two brilliant support acts in the immensely popular Bastille and up and coming local sensations Go Wolf.
The day was kicked off by local boys Go Wolf, a three piece electro pop band that have been creating a major buzz around the music scene of late with their latest single ‘Talk To You’. Throughout the set the bands easy to listen to, addictive songs provided the perfect opening to the day, well suiting the fun light hearted mood that was present all around the concert area, as the rain graciously stayed away, allowing the sun to shine down on Belfast.
I’m sure it was clear to see for everyone there during their set that Go Wolf are moving towards big things in the future, as sharing the stage with such established and world famous acts will only go towards opening up a world of opportunities for the band that successfully wowed the T-Vital crowd during their fantastic set.
Soon after came the mighty Bastille to be welcomed to the stage with a huge roar from the Belfast crowd, throughout the set the band played through some of their most popular hits, from the likes of ‘Pompeii’, ‘Oblivion’ and ‘Things We Lost In The Fire’. During the set frontman Dan Smith showed off his talent for whipping up a frenzy and exciting an audience as he jumped down into the crowd to perform ‘Flaws’. That wasn’t the end of the frontman’s talents in working a crowd however as during ‘Of The Night’ he created a memorable T-Vital moment, getting the thousands watching to get on their knees before jumping up during the chorus to create what those in the giant Ferris wheel would have seen as a spectacular synchronised wave carried out by the packed out crowd.
Throughout the set the Belfast crowd showed just why they are regarded so highly by the biggest bands around the world, as from start to finish Bastille witnessed mass sing-alongs during most of their set, with Dan Smith rounding their night off by saying “That was amazing, thank you so, so much – it’s amazing to be in Belfast, and you’re going to have such an incredible night with The Killers – it’s been so, so nice for us.”
As darkness fell over the Boucher Road playing fields, becoming lit up by the giant wheel and stage lights; it was time for The Killers to step into the limelight. Once the global superstars stepped foot on stage the tens of thousands of gig goers welcomed the band with mammoth cheers and a sense of overwhelming delight. From the first to last chord the Las Vegas rockers thrilled the Belfast crowd with their greatest and most popular hits, creating mass excitement with songs such as ‘Somebody Told Me’, ‘All These Things That I’ve Done’ and ‘Runaways’. The Belfast crowd continued on their sing-along mood by joining in on every song not to be outdone by the blasting T-Vital speakers.
Throughout the set front man Brandon Flowers, in his extravagant sparkling pink jacket, was clearly enjoying every moment on stage that marked the end of the bands tour, stating how “It is sad but it is also a celebration tonight and we are glad to be here” and expressing how much the band love coming to Belfast. The band then paid tribute to the rich musical history of Northern Ireland by covering Van Morrison’s ‘Brown Eyed Girl’ (although Brandon Flowers, much to his delight, found himself drowned out by the crowd on this one) and The Undertone’s ‘Teenage Kicks’, which as would be expected sent the crowd into a frenzy.
In the end the set was topped off by The Killers playing crowd favourites ‘When You Were Young’ and ‘Mr Brightside’, two songs that perfectly topped off the night in a rock infused explosion of guitar solos, blinding stage lights, gut hitting drum fills and as always excellent vocals that kept the Belfast crowd jumping, singing and enjoying themselves right until the very end when we had to say goodbye for now to The, sensational, Killers. Niall Donnelly, GiggingNI.com