Preview: Tennent’s Vital Festival 2016

By on Friday, 8th July 2016 at 10:00 am

For my first official article as a full-time Irish writer at There Goes the Fear, I felt it was only fair to contribute in the best way I can: by introducing our readership to the vast amount of musical shenanigans within the small but deceptively massive Emerald Isle. I’m beginning with a preview of Tennent’s Vital (T Vital for short), a festival that has been held in Belfast for the past 12 years. This year’s event takes place the 25th and 26th August 2016.

Tennent’s Vital began in 2002 when C&C Group plc and MCD Productions teamed up to bring Belfast City’s first major music festival. In its first year, they brought in heavy-hitters Primal Scream, Idlewild, Snow Patrol and Fatboy Slim. Throughout its existence, the event has moved location 3 times: from the city Centre, to Ormeau Park a little further out, then further to Bangor, finally resting in Boucher Road Playing fields, where it still resides today. Despite the minor setback of going on hiatus between 2008 and 2010, nothing else has stopped it from growing in size and popularity. It has attracted attention from a huge range of artists through the years in many different genres. Some of these include Jurassic 5, The Darkness, David Guetta, Kings of Leon, Tinie Tempah, The Script, Pigeon Detectives, The Killers and Foo Fighters.


This year Tennent’s Vital takes place on Thursday the 25th and Friday the 26th of July. It continues its long history of bringing along monstrous acts. Industry veterans Red Hot Chili Peppers will be ripping it up as the headliners for day 1. Well, when they’re not too busy saving children during a carpool karaoke with James Corden and joining street performers in London. Following the release of their new album ‘The Getaway’ in June, the funky monks have embarked on an extensive world tour, with stops at a number of the UK’s top music festivals, including Tennent’s Vital.

Red Hot Chili Peppers will be supported by Fall Out Boy, who stormed back into the mainstream following the release of their 2013 comeback album ‘Save Rock and Roll’. Additional support will come from the ever-striving Cage the Elephant, rounding out what is sure to be a great first day.


If the alternative scene isn’t your thing, never fear, as day 2 is chocked full of the best of pop, r&b and EDM acts. And who better to headline than global superstar DJ and two-time Tennent’s Vital headliner in the last 3 years, Avicii (pictured at top). He has topped the charts on numerous occasions since his introduction in 2011 and performed at major festivals across the world. However this time Avicii (aka Swedish electronic musician and DJ Tim Bergling) has announced his retirement in a letter on the front page of his website, stating this tour to be his last, so whether or not you’ve seen Avicii before, book your ticket fast and don’t miss out on seeing the incredible DJ one last time.

Jess Glynne will take her spot as top support on day 2 of the festival. After gaining instant success for providing the lead vocal track to Clean Bandit’s 2014 banger ‘Rather Be’, she has received nothing but praise and attention for her work, including a Grammy award for Best Dance Track, as well as a nomination for Song of the Year at the BBC Music Awards. She recently wowed crowds and critics at Radio One’s Big Weekend in Plymouth in May, so we can’t wait to see what she has planned for Belfast. With three further support slots awarded to the best up and coming dance acts Duke Dumont, Galantis and Zak Abel, day 2 of Tennent’s Vital is sure to be bouncing from start to finish, so be sure to wear your most comfortable shoes.


Two days, seven huge acts, one field: don’t miss out! Tickets available now from Tickemaster.

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