Green Day to headline open-air gig at Belfast park

 The band, whose hits include ‘American Idiot’ and ‘Basket Case’, will play at Ormeau Park on June 28.
Paul Ainsworth

US rock band Green Day are to take to the stage at an open-air summer concert at Belfast’s Ormeau Park.

The band, whose hits include ‘American Idiot’ and ‘Basket Case’, will play at the south Belfast park on June 28.

Tickets for the gig – which will also feature Californian punk outfit Rancid – go on sale on Friday at Ticketmaster outlets, with a 16-plus age restriction.

The gig is part of Green Day’s Revolution Radio tour, and fans expect to hear hits from their latest album – also named ‘Revolution Radio’ – all the way back to 1994’s ‘Dookie’, which sold 10 million copies and propelled singer and guitarist Billie Joe Armstrong, bassist Mike Dirnt, and drummer Tré Cool from the Californian underground punk scene into the musical mainstream.

This will be the fourth time the band has played in Belfast, and older fans will remember their first performance at the now long-gone Richardson’s postmen’s social club on Victoria Street back in 1991.

That small-scale show was organised by punk fans and performers the Belfast Gig Collective, and the organisation was thanked from the stage of the Ulster Hall when Green Day returned in 1998 to play before a much larger crowd.

The band came again back in 2009 for a sell-out show at the Odyssey Arena, and tickets for next summer’s Ormeau Park gig are expected to be snapped up fast by old and new fans alike.

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