Extra security measures will be in place this week as Belfast’s Vital festival kicks off at Boucher Road Playing Fields in the wake of recent terror attacks.
With 60,000 plus music fans expected to descend on the site this week to see Muse1 and Tiesto2 , those attending are being advised to adhere to the policies put in place by organisers who say they are mindful of recent terrorist incidents in UK and elsewhere. Rucksacks and large handbags are not permitted at the event and searches of bags will be carried out.
The PSNI3 canine unit will also be patrolling the area. Belfast Vital event controller Paul Scott has reassured the public that extra security measures will be in place in the wake of recent terror attacks.
He told Belfast Live: “We have been working with our friends at PSNI for the last number of months to ensure that persons who arrive for the gigs are safe.
“We are very mindful of what has happened both in Great Britain and elsewhere so there will be an enhanced security operation in place, there will be a fairly thorough check of persons coming in, the PSNI will be monitoring the roads coming in to ensure the safety of our patrons both inside and outside the venue.
VITAL event controller Paul Scott surveys preparation work from the stage ahead of this week’s major music festival at the Boucher Road playing fields in Belfast. (Image: Alan Lewis- PhotopressBelfast.co.uk)
“Don’t be bringing rucksacks or large handbags, certainly ladies are welcome to bring a small, reasonably sized handbag but don’t be arriving with suitcases or rucksacks as you will not be permitted into the venue sadly.”
PSNI Chief Inspector Stephen McCauley is urging those attending the gigs to stay safe and follow police and security staff guidance.
“We want to make this event as safe as possible for all concerned that is our main concern . We want people to come and enjoy the event but to be safe when they are doing so.
“We’ve put all the provisions in place that we can but ultimately it’s the responsibility of those attending, we have a mixed audience of those that are under 18 and those that are allowed in under 16 with the accompaniment of an adult who must be aged over 25 and ID will be required,” he said.
PSNI drugs sniffer dog Jaz will be on duty at the VITAL music festival at the Boucher Road playing fields in Belfast this week.
He continued: “When you are coming to this event we would encourage you if you are doing to drink, please drink responsibly, obviously under 18s can’t drink and where anyone comes to the event with drink or substances that they shouldn’t ave we will obviously be addressing that and you do run the risk of not being permitted into the event.
“So please come, be responsible and enjoy the event, but overall please stay safe.”
Final preparations are underway for the VITAL music festival at the Boucher Road playing fields in Belfast this week. (Image: Alan Lewis- PhotopressBelfast.co.uk)
Those attending the gigs are also being advised that no car parking will be available around the Boucher Road area and so using public transport is strongly recommended. Translink is providing special coach, bus and train services for both performances on Wednesday, August 23 and Saturday, August 26. Translink’s Gemma Thompson said: “Balmoral Train Station is situated close to Boucher Playing Gields and we will enhance services throughout the day to bring people to the site.
“Coming home, late night rail services will run from Balmoral in both directions to Lisburn/Portadown and Belfast with onward connections to Carrickfergus, Bangor and Coleraine.
“These trains will operate following the concert from 10.45pm until 11.45pm subject to demand . Special return train tickets are still available to buy in the selected stations with prices from 5- 14.
“Special festival coaches will run from locations across Northern Ireland including Derry, Claudy, Dungiven, Maghera, Castledawson, Toomebridge, Newry, Banbridge, Strabane, Omagh, Ballygawley, Dungannon and Tamnamore .
Coach tickets are 17 and available to buy online only until 11am on the day of each concert.”
Pictured getting ready for the massive music gig are music fans l-r Elora Denny, Aine Kelly and Emma Lewis. (Image: Brian Morrison)
Passengers can pay on board the service, just 1.35 with a Smartlink car of 2 for a cash single fare .
Metro services to the event will be available every 12 minutes from 3.20pm-7.20pm outward and a return bus service will be available subject to demand.”
The couple, who met on Love Island3 earlier this year, are believed to have become embroiled in an argument with one of their entourage at PRYZM in the early hours of Saturday morning. A source told The Sun: Olivia was absolutely furious about something and stormed off to the toilets.
Chris ran to follow her to try and calm her down but nothing was working.
There was a bit of a tussle on the balcony between Olivia and another of their group before door staff stepped in to hold her back and she then was told to leave. It comes days after Attwood and Hughes professed their love for one another4, after they were rocked by spit rumours when Attwood was pictured with her footballer ex Bradley Dack days.
But the couple told fans they have never been better , with Attwood admitting to being obsessed with Hughes.
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Attwood said they are largely unaffected by the constant speculation over their relationship and do not care what other people think.
We know what we have and we know the score, she told the Daily Star . We ve been surprisingly unaffected by everything that s happened, which has impressed me.
I really couldn t care what other people think . With Chris and I, you watched us drive each other to insanity, you watched us cry, you can see the passion there you can t fake that.
It is real and we re not bothered .
We know the truth.
Love Island couple Olivia Attwood and Chris Hughes have been hit with fresh claims that their romance is being tested. According to reports, the pair got into a fiery row with another one of their group on Saturday night while out a club in Birmingham.
A source reportedly said: Olivia was absolutely furious about something and stormed off to the toilets.
Chris ran to follow her to try and calm her down but nothing was working.”
Chris and Olivia locked tongues rather than lips as they presented a united front (Image: GC Images)
There was a bit of a tussle on the balcony between Olivia and another of their group before door staff stepped in to hold her back and she then was told to leave. However, a spokeswoman for Olivia insisted the star “left on her own accord”.
The latest drama comes after Chris said he wanted to marry his 26-year-old girlfriend. But not only does Chris want to wed Olivia – he wants to start having real children too after the pair ‘raised’ a doll together on the hit ITV2 reality show.
Chris said he wants to marry Olivia (Image: oliviajade_attwood/Instagram)
Despite both being relatively young, Chris says he cannot wait to swap vows with his lover.
“That s how messed up we are . We can t really get out heads around it .
I don t think either of us expected to find love on the show, but we did, he said. Chris hails from Essex while Olivia is from Surrey – but the reality hunk says they are making things work despite the distance.
We assume the night didn’t go down like this (Image: Flynet Pictures)
“I ve been sleeping over at hers all the time but we will get a bigger place at some point . We ll need one for the kids, he said.
Chris and Olivia have seen their romance tested since Love Island ended in July.
Mirror Celebs has contacted a representative for Olivia for comment.