Review: The Script – Ormeau Park, Belfast – Belsonic 2018
After a hiatus of three years from the live music scene, this is the third time The Script boys have returned to the Emerald Isle in a year. Once for a pre-album mini tour where they graced the smaller stage of The Millennium Forum, in Derry, at the end of last summer, telling fans they prefer smaller venues. Then the much bigger SSE Arena in March, before Belsonic last weekend.
No stranger to a festival or two, the Dublin lads have appeared at Tennent’s Vital twice in the city over the years. But now they’re showcasing their fifth studio album, ‘Freedom Child,’ which reached number #1 in Ireland and the UK when it was released in September last year.
The packed-out park erupted into cheers as they opened with their 2014 single ‘Superheroes,’ before being followed-up with ‘Rock The World‘ from their latest album, and ‘Paint The Town Green,’ the latter of which ended with an explosion and green confetti, ironically, covering the audience.
Guitarist Mark addressed the crowd, telling them that he tries to tell audiences all over the world how good it is to play a home show because of the concert-goers, but he fails every time. Continuing to say how great the crowd is, they insist on them singing along as ‘The Man Who Can’t Be Moved‘ begins, possibly the song that cemented them in the industry, just missing out on the top spot in the UK and Ireland way back in 2008. Ten years ago now!
New tunes ‘Wonders.’ ‘Arms Open‘ and ‘No Man Is An Island‘ followed, the latter introduced Danny’s idea of getting everyone to sway left and right to the beat, making the outcome fantastic as the entire audience shifted back and forth like a sea with the stage as an island.
Emotional hits ‘If You Could See Me Now,’ written about Mark’s parents and Danny’s deceased dad, and ‘For The First Time‘ were personal, and crowd, favourites, as everyone belted out closing lines ‘oh, these times are hard. Yeah, they’re making us crazy. Don’t give up on me, baby.’
‘The Energy Never Dies‘ is always a band favourite, with Danny usually wandering into the audience or climbing up into the cheap seats, but seeing as it’s a festival, he would’ve never made it back onto the stage. Instead, he stole a camera from part of the crew and took it to the very front of the audience, singing and taking selfies as he lay across the crowd.
The audience went wild when Mark commented about it being such a lovely day, saying: “I’m so glad it’s not raining, but it’s going to now,” as they broke into ‘Rain,’ the first single from their new album.
‘No Good In Goodbye‘ kicked off the encore, with every member of the audience belting out ‘Breakeven‘ before last song, and the boy’s only UK number one single, ‘Hall Of Fame,’ featuring Danny’s ex-The Voice coach, will.i.am, closed the show.