Vital Festival 2017 | Calm before the storm

Vital Festival 2017 | Calm before the storm

Photography: Tremaine Gregg

Despite the dull skies, clouds and light rain, everyone’s spirits were high today at the Belfast Vital site visit; described as “the calm before the storm” with tomorrow being the production day.

The excitement and hustle of this year’s impending Vital is now in the air; today marked the final countdown towards Belfast’s hottest festival. It will kick off with phenomenal headliners, Muse (Wednesday 23 August) who will be will be joined by special guests Biffy Clyro, Nothing But Thieves and Dublin Band Fangclub. Saturday night (26 August) party goers are treated to Tiesto who will be joined by special guests, Clean Bandit and also on the bill:  Robin Schulz, Sigala and Disciples.

This year’s festival is expecting tens of thousands of people to attend; music fans are encouraged to use the train, coach and bus when travelling to South Belfast. There is also a night service return service to unsure revellers arrive home safely.

Gemma Thompson affirmed:

“Vital is one of Northern Irelands flagship music events always attracting the most popular acts so we’ve put in place a convenient travel options for journeys to and from the festival site”.

Important Information:

  • Balmoral Train Station is situated close to Boucher playing Fields. Rail services will run from Balmoral in both directions to Lisburn Road/Portadown and Belfast with onward connections to Carrickfergus, Bangor and Coleraine.
  • These trains will operate following the concert from 10.45 until 11.45 subject to demand.
  • There will also be an announced metro (92) bus travelling between Belfast City Centre (Donegal Square East) and Boucher Crescent on each concert day.
  • Special festival coaches will run from locations across Northern Ireland (including: L/Derry, Claudy, Dungiven, Maghera, Castledawson, Toomebridge, Newry, Banbridge, Strabane, Omagh, Ballygawley, Dungannon and Tamnamore)

Gemma Thompson concluded:

“We hope everyone enjoys a great night but would remind passengers that alcohol consumption and smoking are strictly not permitted on trains, coaches and buses. Anyone who appears intoxicated may be refused travel.”

Fir further information on special coach service departure times are available at

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