Manic Street Preachers Deliver a Short and Sweet Set in Belfast

The Manic Street Preachers delivered a short but sweet set at BBC Music’s Biggest Weekend in Belfast at the weekend.

The band, who are from Blackwood, Wales, played a significantly shorter set compared to their usual headline shows to a packed crowd at the Titanic Slipways in Belfast.

Playing a mixture of their hits such as Motorcycle Emptiness and You Stole The Sun From My Heart, a video of which can be seen below, and songs from their newest album, released in April of this year, Resistance Is Futile.

Many thought that although they were not the headline act, Orbital took that slot, they were the highlight of the show, one festival-goer said: “Manic Street Preachers meant a lot to me as a young adult and seeing them here today in such a beautiful setting meant a lot to me.”


Alongside the Manic Street Preachers, many other acts played the two day festival which was part of the project run by BBC Music which also held events in Swansea, Coventry and Perth all on the same weekend. Acts at the Belfast version of the festival included: Courtney Barnett, The Breeders, First Aid Kit and Franz Ferdinand.

This was the first year of the festival and it is unclear whether or not it will continue next year, especially considering that some are saying it was badly organized.

Eibhlin Carlin, who was at the Belfast festival said: “The queues for the bars were insanely long and the fact that The Breeders came on late and only played about six songs was absolutely ridiculous. If they want to run this again next year they’ll need to fix these things.”

About Caoimhe Barrett

Caoimhe is the entertainment editor where she focuses mainly on music and live entertainment, mainly reviewing gigs and albums. She also like to look at the politics behind some of the music she writes about as one of my favourite genres of music is punk.

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