Stereophonics arrived in Belfast recently to headline Belsonic for a third time. They weren’t quite the first act to do that, both Biffy Clyro and David Guetta had beaten them to that by a matter of days.
Support came from The Vaccines, a band who i’ve been a fan of for a long time but had never seen live, so getting two bands for the price of one was very welcome.
Their set full of energy and madness, everything i’d expected from The Vaccines. That’s not a pun by the way. If you didn’t already know, their debut album is called What Did You Expect From the Vaccines?
Fans were treated to hits such as If You Wanna, Wrecking Bar, Post Break-Up Sex, Dream Lover and Teenage Icon.
It’s always difficult for a support act when they’re not playing to “their crowd”, but The Vaccines had no problem winning the crowd over.
I would seriously consider going to see them if they did one of their own gigs in Belfast. In fact, i’m really regretting not going to see them when they played The Limelight last December.
Stereophonics appeared on stage 15 minutes earlier than the advertised start time, which took a lot of people by surprise. They have a lot of hits to go through, so they have to make every second count.
Hits was what the people got, which kept them happy despite getting drenched for period during the gig.
Kelly Jones made no mention of the Wales v Northern Ireland score the previous Saturday, which was very gracious.
If Northern Ireland had won, it would have been a cert that the crowd would have given them loads of abuse over it.
The only downside was the volume of fagbreaths. No matter where I stood, I was surrounded by them. Seriously Belfast, you’ve got a serious problem when you can’t even enjoy a concert because of people like you.
Hopefully next year, they’ll dig a hole somewhere at the back for them and leave the rest of us to enjoy the gig.
The new venue itself was very spacious, providing an obvious advantage, but also a disadvantage in terms of a slight loss of atmosphere.
As with the previous night, getting out of the venue was easy enough, the only downside was being effective blocked in The Odyssey Car Park by taxi drivers parking on the double yellow line outside it, meaning drivers leaving the car park had to go across two lanes instead of one just to get out.
Bravo, well done. No, seriously.
Fans lucky enough to be there were treated to hits such as Local Boy In The Photograph, A Thousand Trees, Superman, Have A Nice Day, The Bartender And The Thief, and Dakota, as well as more recent favourites such as Indian Summer and I Wanna Get Lost With You
A new song i’d never heard before was Sunny, from Keep The Village Alive, which I liked, even allowing for Kelly Jones doing a Spinal Tap-esque guitar solo.
This gig wrapped up the June session of Belsonic, another one is being lined-up in August.
I’ve already got tickets for Madness and Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds.
A new line-up announcement today has left me with a moral dilemma, as KT Tunstall has been announced as support for The Corrs.
Now, I like KT Tunstall a lot, and I did find it a bit odd there was no Belfast gig when her October/November tour was announced earlier this week. I didn’t even factor in Belsonic.
As said, I like KT Tunstall, but i’m not that fussed on The Corrs. Should I buy a ticket and just leave after KT? I do still have a Ticketmaster voucher from my birthday.