LIVE REVIEW: THE SCRIPT – TENNENTS VITAL, BELFAST

LIVE REVIEW: THE SCRIPT - TENNENTS VITAL, BELFAST 1

Rough Start to The Script’s Gig Doesn’t Stop Them

I was part of the parade that led The Script to the stage at Tennent’s Vital as they headlined the Sunday night slot, and what can I say apart from it was a shambles. I have been a flag bearer at one of their arena gigs before and were well planned and plenty of security to help protect the Irish trio and flag bearers alike. But last night there was not enough security on hand. There was pushing shoving and the occasional threat heard directed at not only the band but flagbearers a like. There needed to be more security to help, the 116 flag bearers and the trio, get safely to the stage.

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Eventually, once the trio got onto the stage and myself into the pit the show went without a hitch. Although there were significantly less people at Sunday nights gig than the night before where Calvin Harris headlined (27,000 rather than 40,000); it was safe to say that the imaginer roof that surrounded Tennent’s Vital was convincingly blown off within the first three seconds of the gig commencing. The opening song, Paint the Town Green got the crowd into a much better mood as the song is always an instant crowd pleaser. Along with all the green flags around the stage made for an eye catching sight and set the mood for the rest of the gig.

The trio were belting out songs from their fourth album such as Man on a Wire and Superheroes. But also retreating to the more secure well known songs, like Breakeven and We Cry. But also for all the fans both new and old the sang the original version of The Man Who Can’t Be Moved, which I have to say was much better than the stripped down version of the song that was originally sung at other tour dates (including Croke Park).

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Frontman, Danny O’Donoghue is well known for getting the crowd going and regularly interacts with the crowd buy regularly going down to see them but not just limiting himself to the barrier edge but jumping over it and sending security into a frenzy.

The lasers used during No Good in Goodbye look just as amazing outdoors as they do in an arena setting. The trio finished with Hall of Fame asking people not to record but to switch their phones to flashlight setting to create a “moment” which was a real spine chiller. And also welcoming everyone into The Script Family whether they had been there since the very beginning or if this was their first Script gig they had come to that. Sadly however this will be their last gig in the UK & Ireland for a little while as they go off to write their 5th album, which if it is anything like the previous four, it will be just as amazing and the tour will be stunning too. However, their next tour will take a lot to beat after this show stopper.

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The Script Tennent’s Vital Setlist

Paint the Town Green
Hail Rain or Sunshine
Breakeven
Before the Worst
Superheroes
We Cry
If You Could See Me Now
Man On a Wire
Good Ol’ Days
The Man Who Can’t Be Moved
You Won’t Feel a Thing
It’s Not Right for You
The Energy Never Dies (live version not album version)
For the First Time
No Good in Goodbye
Hall of Fame

Other artist’s at Sunday’s Tennant’s Vital

Jack Savoretti
Clean Bandit
Annie Mac
Kodaline

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