Published Wednesday, 14 August 2013
Kings of Leon rocking Belfast on Wednesday night. (© Pacemaker)
Stadium rock was the genre of choice as the US outfit delighted thousands of fans on Wednesday night.
Use Somebody received among the most enthusiastic of responses, but the band's southern roots showed through in some songs and there was a mixture of new and older material.
Supersoaker - their latest release - was appropriate on a night for raincoats, but the mixed crowd from teenage to 40-ish refused to allow the weather to dampen spirits.
Kings of Leon, a Grammy award-winning rock band formed in 1999, will release their sixth album Mechanical Bull in September.
Frontman Caleb Followill hailed the warm welcome the band received from the crowd, saying: "You guys are wonderful, thank you so much! Tomorrow night's crowd is going to have to be good to beat you guys. Thanks for coming out, we appreciate everything you've done for us."
Bassist Jared Followill even took time out to inform the crowd of Northern Ireland's victory over Russia, raising a massive cheer when he held up a handwritten sign showing the score.
About 90,000 music fans are expected in south Belfast over the next three days for the Tennent's Vital festival.
Northern Ireland's Snow Patrol and Swedish DJ Avicii will headline on Thursday and Friday.
Other acts performing included The Vaccines and The Undertones on Wednesday, while Jason Mraz, Kodaline and Foy Vance take to the stage on Thursday.
"Every time we play in Belfast we love it," The Undertones said after taking to the stage.
"It's nice to still be asked to be a part of things like this!"
On Friday, Tinie Tempah, Rudimental and Naughty Boy complete the line up, before dance star Avicii closes the festival.
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