The Script | Review
Belsonic, Belfast • Sunday 24 June 2018
By Emer Dooris • Photography: Tremaine Gregg
Dublin pop-rockers, The Script headlined Belsonic music festival last night with an all-Irish support. As the sun shone, it was loud full of fun, sing-along and there was a lot of love for the Belfast crowd. The crowd cheered as the band got up close and personal, whilst basking in admiration in the Belfast sun. Playing a set which was over an hour and a half long, the band seemed to enjoy every moment of the gig, which saw the boys physically jumping with adrenaline and joy.
But back to the opening acts, the young and fresh, Wild Youth opened proceedings; introducing themselves to the Belfast crowd after playing at the Seas Sessions in Bundoran the night before. Considering this, you wouldn’t blame the band for being a tad lethargic with all that sea air. They were no such thing, the guys were out to give it their all.
Wild Youth were followed shortly by Gavin James, another Irish powerhouse who needs no introduction: playing a string of hits’ Nervous’, ‘Coming Home’ and ‘Hearts on Fire’. Gavin James was on fire – both physically and literally, it was a hot set and the redhead singer was sure burning up under the summer sun. But unfettered, the award-winning Irish singer-songwriter hyped up the crowd and had us all ready for the main act.
The Script’s fifth studio album, Freedom Child, was released last summer, which saw the group explore unchartered territory, the gig was full of tracks both old and new. The die-hard crowd, however, appeared to know every word.
The band kicked off proceedings with a lively rendition of their hit ‘Superheroes’, quickly followed by ‘Rock the World’. Green confetti rained down over the park, as they blasted into ‘Paint the Town Green’, which sent the audience into a frenzy.
Danny O’ Donoghue took a seat at the front, coaxing the audience into a singalong to one of their biggest hits, ‘The Man That Can’t Be Moved’. The first, but not the last, singalong of the night.
In fact, the audience chorused all night long whilst being encouraged by Donoghue and co. My favourite point of the night had to be the performance of the song ‘No Man is an Island’ from Freedom Child. With a glint in his eye, the singer asked: “Will we have some fun?” Then launching into the bouncy reggae-esque track before introducing a mass dance-move titled ‘Crowd Control’, which is a sight to be seen as a few thousand people bounced from left to right.
Overall, another fantastic Belsonic gig full of home-grown talent, lots of O’s, Ahhs and Oles the perfect summer festival vibes.