This year’s Tennent’s Vital saw approximately 65,000 people descend upon Boucher Road Playing Fields to celebrate some of music’s biggest stars across two days.
Having attended the star-studded two day extravaganza (day one of which we correctly guessed miniature hot-pants would be the unfortunate uniform of the day) we count down our top ten highlights…
1. The Script’s Opening
Irish superstars The Script arguably stole the show this weekend with their opening song – in which they kicked off their set with a fan-led parade through the Tennent’s Vital crowd.
Fans literally sprinted to the stage for a better view as the spectacular light-show extravaganza began.
Frontman Danny O’Donoghue’s opening words showed just how much The Script value their fans’ support, when he said: “We’re from Dublin and it’s been too long since we’ve been back in Belfast… it’s good to be back. As I was walking through the crowd I could see so many familiar faces there”, before powering into smash hit Breakeven.
2. Kodaline’s Announcment
Definitely one of the stand-out performances from the fun-filled music event was Kodaline’s hit-packed performance, bursting with festival anthems, from High Hopes to Love Like This, Honest to Way Back When, and the revved up crowd were primed for mass sing-alongs. The band’s hit single The One, dedicated to guitarist Mark’s newlywed cousin, even had the Tennent’s Vital crowd arm in arm.
The band certainly managed to captivate the crowd’s attention – and it seems many who didn’t follow them before will be downloading their music today.
It all culminated in Kodaline’s exciting announcement that they are set to return to Belfast when they take to the stage at the Waterfront Hall December 9, which was met with roaring ecstatic delight by the enthusiastic crowd. Tickets go on sale September 4 at 9am from Ticketmaster.
3. Calvin Harris And His Fireworks
Opening to around 40,000 extremely excitable crowd-members, Harris played hit after hit accompanied by an amazing light show complete with pyrotechnics, lasers and fireworks to close.
We Found Love was a firm favourite with the Belfast crowd due to Rihanna’s famous video filmed in the north of the city. Harris closed his set with Summer, Eat Sleep Rave Repeat and Blame, with the passionate audience left wanting more.
4. The Mr Whippy Ice-Cream Van
Anywhere you can buy a Mr Whippy (complete with flake and strawberry sauce) is always going to make our list. In even better news, there were multiple ice-cream vans – meaning less queuing and more eating time. With the sun out and no rain on the second day, this was the ultimate bliss.
5. The Crowd On Day 2
The crowd on the second day truly added to the fantastic atmosphere. The more mature audience the likes of The Script and Kodaline attracted meant the overall atmosphere was more family-friendly, with young kids even along for the show with their parents (who also enjoyed the ice-cream van) and a far more diverse range of age-groups, which added to the relaxed, party mood.
6. The Ferris Wheel
The Ferris wheel was an amazing touch. It looked fun and inviting during the day, but looked particularly spectacular in the dark – with its dramatic lights allowing it to dominate the skyline. This was a particularly fantastic aspect of the day – and the crowd obviously loved it, with queues standing strong throughout the day.
The slow roast barbecue beef was simply outstanding – and definitely one of the highlights. Added to chips, this made for a delicious, high-quality dinner to soak up the Tennent’s as you enjoyed the show.
8. Ellie Goulding’s Hit-Packed Performance
Bouncing around the stage, Goulding sang Ritual, Figure 8 and Lights before playing her own drum solo during popular hit ‘Starry Eyed.’ Goulding finished her performance with ‘Love Me Like You Do’, a crowd-pleaser made famous by the Fifty Shades of Grey film.
9. The Script’s Performance
Whilst The Script’s outstanding opening song deserved honourable mention, their whole performance was genuinely outstanding. From Danny’s crowd-surfing (complete with the ingenious idea to carry a selfie-stick so we could see the gig through his eyes up on the big screen), to their seemingly ever-lasting array of chart-toppers, to electrifying stage show, the audience was captivated from start to finish and left wanting more.
Perhaps one of the most amazing parts of the show was their superb ability as a band to perform as a whole – with guitarist and vocalist Mark Sheehan in particular showcasing his amazing talents.
The epic headline stint, complete with stunning lasers and spectacular pyrotechnics lit up the Belfast sky on Bank Holiday Sunday. Hits included The Man Who Can’t Be Moved, For The First Time and Man on a Wire amongst so many others. Hall of Fame, gave the crowd one last chance to sing their hearts out at Tennent’s Vital 2015, before they thanked the crowd for an incredible evening, with Danny exclaiming, “Music meant so much to me growing up so what I want to do right now Belfast, is I want to make something that we’re going to remember, not just for this festival, this year, but for the rest of our lives.”
They ended with an epic performance of Paint The Town Green, with flag bearing fans lighting up the crowd and an electrifying green stage and epic sizzling acid-green lights.
10. The Bar
Naturally, (the clue may be in the name) but the bar was definitely one of the highlights at Tennent’s Vital, with the 400-manned drinks station quick-moving despite lengthy queues, with ice-cold Magners providing a tasty alternative (for those wanting it) to Tennent’s.
Check out our gallery below to see the best pics from both days of Tennent’s Vital… Can you spot yourself in the crowd?