Translink is providing special coach, bus and train services for music fans travelling to Tennent’s Vital.
With performances by Red Hot Chili Peppers (Thursday, August 25) and Avicii (Friday, August 26) – don’t expect taxi drivers to be eagerly (or promptly) waiting for you at the exit after the last rendition of Can’t Stop.
Therefore, with over 40,000 music fans expected each day at Boucher Playing Fields in South Belfast, festival organisers are encouraging people to use coach, bus and train travel – including special late night return services to bring people safely home.
Translink’s Claire Vaux says public transport is the smart move to get to and from the events:
“Tennent’s Vital is one of Northern Ireland’s flagship music events always attracting the most popular acts so we’ve put in place attractive travel options for convenient and reliable journeys to and from the festival site.
“Balmoral Train Station is situated close to Boucher Playing Fields and we will enhance services throughout the day to bring people to the site.
“Coming home, late night rail services will run from Balmoral in both directions to Lisburn/ Portadown and Belfast with onward connections to Carrickfergus, Bangor and Coleraine.
“These trains will operate following the concert from 10.45pm until 11.45pm subject to demand. Special return train tickets are still available to buy in selected station with prices from £5 – £16.”
Claire adds: “Special festival coaches will run from locations across Northern Ireland including:
“Derry~Londonderry, Claudy, Dungiven, Maghera, Castledawson, Toomebridge, Newry, Banbridge, Strabane, Omagh, Ballygawley, Dungannon and Tamnamore,. Coach tickets are £17 and available to buy online only until 11am on the day of each concert.”
“There will also be an enhanced Metro (92) bus service travelling between Belfast City Centre (Donegall Square East) and Boucher Crescent on each concert day.
“Passengers can pay on board the service – just £1.05 with a Smartlink card or £2 for a cash single fare. Metro services to the event will be available every 10 minutes from 3.20pm – 7.20pm (outward) and from 10.45pm – 11.30pm (return) subject to demand.
“We hope everyone enjoys a great night out but would remind passengers that alcohol consumption and smoking are strictly not permitted on trains, coaches and buses. Anyone who appears to be intoxicated may be refused travel,” said Claire.
Gates open at approx. 3.30pm with support acts starting at 4.30pm. Main acts expected on stage around 9pm.
Bus & Train Services
Services will run subject to demand
An express rail shuttle service between Balmoral and Great Victoria Street Station will run from 10.45pm until 11.45pm on both nights (subject to demand).
Train shuttle services will also operate to:
Bangor (subject to demand) stopping at Holywood and Bangor West;
Carrickfergus (subject to demand) stopping at Whiteabbey, Jordanstown, Greenisland
Coleraine (12 midnight only from GVS) stopping at: Ballymena and Ballymoney.
Antrim (12 midnight only from GVS) stopping at Mossley West.
Lisburn (subject to demand) stopping at Finaghy, Dunmurry, Derriaghy, Lambeg and Hilden.
Lurgan and Portadown stopping at Moira (subject to demand)
Rail Tickets can be purchased online. Online Sales will close at:
2pm on Monday 22nd August for Red Hot Chili Peppers (August 25)
2pm on Tuesday 23rd August for Avicii (August 26)
NI Railways concert tickets and boarding cards can be purchased from the following stations:
Portadown, Lurgan, Lisburn, Great Victoria Street, Belfast Central, Carrickfergus, Coleraine and Bangor.
Tickets and boarding cards for the special late night services will also be available from stations on the day of each concert (subject to availability).
Special concert coaches:
Services will run subject to demand.
Special coach service departure times are available at www.translink.co.uk/tennentsvital/.
Online sales will close at 11am on the day of each concert – subject to availability.
Special return Ulsterbus coaches will depart from the former B&Q site after the concerts at approximately 11pm.
Special Coach Tickets are not available to buy in person from Ulsterbus Stations or from the coach driver.