The Bangor-born lead singer of global superstar rock band Snow Patrol told Tennent’s Vital last night that he was “so proud” of Belfast as he headlined the second night of the festival.
Gary Lightbody received a rapturous response from music fans despite a torrential downpour at the Boucher Playing Fields in south Belfast.
Snow Patrol delighted music fans during their only performance of the year with many of their favourite hits such as Run, Shut Your Eyes and Set The Fire To The Third Bar.
However, Lightbody told the crowd that the performance was tinged with sadness for the band as it was the final performance of their Scottish keyboardist Tom Simpson.
He told the crowd: “There is a slightly sad element to this gig. Tom Simpson has been in Snow Patrol since 1996 and tonight in Belfast is his last gig. Tom is going his separate way, we support him and love him as a brother.”
The hit Chasing Cars was dedicated to the departing musician.
Impartial Reporter journalist Rodney Edwards was among those enjoying the show last night.
“The rain is intense, so heavy, really pelting down but spirits are high, most people are in ponchos,” he told the News Letter.
“Gary Lightbody dedicated Take Back The City to Belfast and said he was so proud of this place.”
Belfast Lord Mayor Mairtin O Muilleoir and DUP MP Ian Paisley were also among the crowd.
And homeowners up to four miles away from Boucher Road Playing Fields could also hear the music last night.
‘Brian From Belfast’ posted on Twitter during the festival: “Reckon everyone within 10 miles of Boucher Road is enjoying the Snow Patrol concert! We’re four miles away and we are getting every word of it!”, Arlene Quigley tweeted: “Loving it! Tennent’s Vital! Snow patrol. Can hear it clearly from my house and garden. Who needs to buy a ticket?”
However, not all south Belfast residents enjoyed the show. Damon Mac Éinrí tweeted: “Can hear Snow Patrol from my house, a good five-odd miles away, this is why you shouldn’t build a city in a valley”.
Snow Patrol were supported last night by more Bangor--born talent in the shape of singer Foy Vance.
Also playing were US singer-songwriter Jason Mraz, famous for the tracks I’m Yours and I Won’t Give Up, and Dublin-based rising stars Kodaline.
Tonight will be the final night of Tennent’s Vital.
Swedish dance superstar Avicii will headline tonight, supported by rapper Tinie Tempah, drum and bass stars Rudimental and Australian DJ and producer Tommy Trash.