The first night of Belsonic 2017 was one of it's biggest artists yet, with Arcade Fire headlining the opening night. Belsonic has moved around venues in the last few years; with Titanic Belfast hosting the festival last year. It is currently taking place in Ormeau Park, located near the centre of Belfast. The new surrounding of trees and grass is much better for atmosphere than the exposed setting of the docks.
The Kooks opened the night to a pretty decent crowd, showing that they still have a strong 10 years on from their peak as a band. But the lead singer was in good form and was active enough to let me get plenty of different shots, which can be hard for a support band at a festival, as they don't have a stage show in comparison with the headliners.
A new feature I appreciated was the small extension of the stage in the centre, which allowed performers to come out from the main stage platform and therefore allowed closer shots of the artist. Being 6'4 it came in handy with the platform, as I could just reach the top of the stage with my wide angle (see below)
It's always great to see a world class act come to Belfast and witness the quality of their stage production whether it's the lighting rigs they'll provide or the vast array of unique instruments; specifically a glass mosaic set of bongo drums, or a chrome piano..
It's great for me to tick off Arcade Fire on my list of artists I've shot, I was just sad I couldn't stay longer than 4-5 songs even though I'm not the biggest fan. Hearing them play their back catalogue with a crowd belting out their lyrics back to them, it was a great atmosphere. Especially when Régine Chassagne of the band came to the extended platform and danced her way through 'Haiti'