Published Friday, 16 August 2013
Gary Lightbody rocks crowds at Tennent''s Vital 2013 (© Pacemaker)
The band opened with what's now become somewhat of a theme tune for the capital, 'Take Back the City', to much appreciation from the soaked onlookers.
The rain became as much a part of the night as the band with front-man Gary Lightbody saying: "I can't do anything about the rain but I can put on a damn good show, so let's go Belfast!"
The Irish/Scottish five piece have sold over 11 million albums and have had a number of successful singles, including 'Chasing Cars' and 'Run'.
The boys kept the local theme throughout, supported by Dublin based Kodaline and Bangor born Foy Vance, who proved very popular with the Boucher Road crowds.
Californian based 'I'm Yours' singer Jason Mraz helped the fans enjoy the last of the sunshine before the rain set in by playing a reggae infused set, even including some Bob Marley numbers.
In their 19th year, the five-piece announced it will become a quartet and said farewell to Keyboardist Tom Simpson, who joined the band in 2006.
Lightbody said: "This gig is filled with joy, but also sadness as we say goodbye to one of our members, Tom Simpson.
"We love him like a brother and he's decided he wants to do his own thing, and we fully support him."
Earlier in the day, guitarist Nathan Connolly said: "The Belfast audience are pretty hard to beat. It's a huge thing for us - our families and our friends will be here. I don't know what else to say really other than it's home and it's amazing."
Among the revellers donning the 'must have' festival fashion accessory for the night - the poncho - was Belfast's Lord Mayor Máirtín Ó Muilleoir.
The final note went to Gary Lightbody who dedicated the encore to the crowd before breaking into firm concert favourite 'Just Say Yes' which closed the show.
Swedish DJ Avicii will bring the biggest ever Tennent's Vital to a close on Friday, before the official after-party at Belfast's Limelight bar.
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