NI gig-goers bask in summer sunshine

Festival season is in full swing and Northern Ireland’s gig-goers have actually been getting to enjoy some summer sunshine.

Belsonic has been packing out Ormeau Park for a string of concerts over the last couple of weeks.

Irish singer-songwriter Hozier headlined at Thursday's Belsonic concert. Credit: Bernie McAllister
Hozier played Thursday's Belsonic concert supported by Maggie Rogers and David Keenan. Credit: Bernie McAllister

Thousands turned out to see Co Wicklow singer-songwriter Hozier take to the stage at Ormeau Park for Belsonic on Thursday, which saw some of the best weather of the summer so far.

Crowds at Thursday's Belsonic concert headlined by Hosier. Credit: Bernie McAllister

Those watching had less trouble with the elements than those undeterred by the pouring rain for the opening night of the festival, featuring legendary Guns N’ Roses guitarist Slash with Myles Kennedy and the Conspirators.

A host of other headline acts have taken their turn entertaining the Belfast crowds, including London rapper Stormzy, Las Vegas rockers The Killers, and Dutch DJ Tiësto.

In August, it will be the turn of Custom House Square to host a string of popular artists, from Scottish cult favourite Gerry Cinnamon, to chart-topper Jess Glynne, veteran ska outfit Madness, Belfast punk band Stiff Little Fingers, and more.

Belfast Vital will also be back, featuring US rockers Foo Fighters and dance act Timmy Trumpet.