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Snow Patrol want third gig at Bangor's Ward Park

By Maureen Coleman

Published 23/01/2012 | 11:27

Snow Patrol, Bangor. June 2010.
Snow Patrol, Bangor. June 2010.
Snow Patrol play Bangor. June 2010.
Snow Patrol pay Bangor. June 2010.
Snow Patrol play Bangor. June 2010.
Picture Credit Mark Pearce/Presseye ©Mark Pearce/Presseye- 5th June 2010 Press Eye Ltd- Northern Ireland 5th June 2010 _____ Mandatory Credit - Photo Mark Pearce/PresseyeSnow Patrols return to Northern Ireland is opon us .. Ward Park , Bangor was host to over 40,000 excited fans .Christopher Holland, Emma McBride, Louise Coyle and Gemma KellyPicture Credit Mark Pearce/Presseye
Snow Patrol play Bangor. June 2010.
Snow Patrol play Bangor. June 2010.
Snow Patrol play Bangor. June 2010.
Snow Patrol play Bangor. June 2010.
Snow Patrol play Bangor. June 2010.
Snow Patrol play Bangor. June 2010.
Snow Patrol play Bangor. June 2010.
Snow Patrol play Bangor. June 2010.
Snow Patrol play Bangor. June 2010.
Snow Patrol play Bangor. June 2010.
Snow Patrol play Bangor. June 2010.
Snow Patrol play Bangor. June 2010.
Snow Patrol play Bangor. June 2010.
Snow Patrol play Bangor. June 2010.
Snow Patrol play Bangor. June 2010.
Snow Patrol play Bangor. June 2010.
Snow Patrol play Bangor. June 2010.
Snow Patrol play Bangor. June 2010.
Snow Patrol, Ward Park, Bangor. Scott and Ollie T
Snow Patrol, Ward Park, Bangor. Michael and Angela McCann with Ann and Paddy McKenna
Snow Patrol, Ward Park, Bangor. Hayley Harrison and Andy McCloskey
Snow Patrol, Ward Park, Bangor. Danielle Hibbert and Charlotte Richardson
Fans at the Snow Patrol gig in Bangor. June 2010
Snow Patrol lead singer Gary Lightbody performs to more than 40,000 people in Bangor's Ward Park
Snow Patrol play Bangor. June 2010.
Snow Patrol play Bangor. June 2010.
Snow Patrol play Bangor. June 2010.
Snow Patrol play Bangor. June 2010.
Snow Patrol play Bangor. June 2010.
Snow Patrol play Bangor. June 2010.
Snow Patrol play Bangor. June 2010.
Snow Patrol play Bangor. June 2010.
Snow Patrol concert in Bangor. June 2010
Snow Patrol concert in Bangor. June 2010
Snow Patrol concert in Bangor. June 2010
Snow Patrol concert in Bangor. June 2010
Snow Patrol concert in Bangor. June 2010
Snow Patrol concert in Bangor. June 2010
Snow Patrol concert in Bangor. June 2010
Snow Patrol concert in Bangor. June 2010
Snow Patrol concert in Bangor. June 2010
Snow Patrol concert in Bangor. June 2010
Snow Patrol concert in Bangor. June 2010
Snow Patrol concert in Bangor. June 2010
Snow Patrol concert in Bangor. June 2010
Snow Patrol concert in Bangor. June 2010
Snow Patrol concert in Bangor. June 2010
Snow Patrol concert in Bangor. June 2010
Snow Patrol concert in Bangor. June 2010
Snow Patrol concert in Bangor. June 2010
Snow Patrol concert in Bangor. June 2010
Snow Patrol concert in Bangor. June 2010
Snow Patrol concert in Bangor. June 2010
Snow Patrol concert in Bangor. June 2010
Snow Patrol concert in Bangor. June 2010
Alan Lewis - Photopress Belfast 6/6/2010Snow Patrol (lead singer Gary Lightbody) live on stage at Ward Park in Bangor, County Down at the weekend. Over 40,000 fans attended the open-air event which included General Fiasco (who opened the main stage at the weekend, they are one of the many exciting new bands coming out of the Belfast music scene at the moment), Band of Horses (second on the Ward Park main stage. With 3 albums already under their belt, this five piece lead by the lulling vocals of frontman Ben Bridwell, have slowly been building a strong and dedicated fanbase since their inception in 2004) and Lisa Hannigan (Irish singer songwriter Lisa Hannigan (third on the main stage at Ward Park, Lisa released her debut album in 2009, ‘Sea Saw’ bought Lisa critical acclaim from all sections of Irish and British media and led to nomi nations at last years Mercury Music Prize in the UK, Meteor Music Award in Ireland and picking up several awards in the Hot Press Readers Poll 2009.).
Snow Patrol concert in Bangor. June 2010
Snow Patrol concert in Bangor. June 2010
Snow Patrol lead singer Gary Lightbody performs to more than 40,000 people in Bangor's Ward Park
Snow Patrol lead singer Gary Lightbody performs to more than 40,000 people in Bangor's Ward Park
Snow Patrol lead singer Gary Lightbody performs to more than 40,000 people in Bangor's Ward Park
Snow Patrol lead singer Gary Lightbody performs to more than 40,000 people in Bangor's Ward Park
Snow Patrol guitarist Nathan Connolly performs to more than 40,000 people in Bangor's Ward Park
Snow Patrol fans enjoy the band's gig at Ward Park in Bangor
Snow Patrol fans enjoy the band's gig at Ward Park in Bangor
Snow Patrol fans enjoy the band's gig at Ward Park in Bangor
Snow Patrol fans enjoy the band's gig at Ward Park in Bangor
Snow Patrol fans enjoy the band's gig at Ward Park in Bangor
Snow Patrol fans enjoy the band's gig at Ward Park in Bangor
Snow Patrol fans enjoy the band's gig at Ward Park in Bangor
Snow Patrol fans enjoy the band's gig at Ward Park in Bangor
Snow Patrol lead singer Gary Lightbody performs to more than 40,000 people in Bangor's Ward Park
Snow Patrol fans enjoy the band's gig at Ward Park in Bangor
Snow Patrol fans enjoy the band's gig at Ward Park in Bangor
Snow Patrol fans enjoy the band's gig at Ward Park in Bangor
Snow Patrol fans enjoy the band's gig at Ward Park in Bangor
Snow Patrol fans enjoy the band's gig at Ward Park in Bangor
Snow Patrol fans enjoy the band's gig at Ward Park in Bangor
Snow Patrol lead singer Gary Lightbody performs to more than 40,000 people in Bangor's Ward Park
Snow Patrol lead singer Gary Lightbody performs to more than 40,000 people in Bangor's Ward Park
Snow Patrol lead singer Gary Lightbody performs to more than 40,000 people in Bangor's Ward Park
Snow Patrol lead singer Gary Lightbody performs to more than 40,000 people in Bangor's Ward Park
Snow Patrol fans enjoy the band's gig at Ward Park in Bangor
Snow Patrol fans enjoy the band's gig at Ward Park in Bangor
Snow Patrol lead singer Gary Lightbody performs to more than 40,000 people in Bangor's Ward Park
Snow Patrol lead singer Gary Lightbody performs to more than 40,000 people in Bangor's Ward Park
Snow Patrol fans enjoy the band's gig at Ward Park in Bangor

Snow Patrol's Nathan Connolly has spoken of the band's immense pride at being part of the 2011 MTV EMAs - and of their desire to play Bangor's Wark Park again

The Co Down guitarist described last November's EMAs as an 'amazing, crazy, fun-filled' weekend, which had shed a positive light on Belfast and would continue to reap benefits for the city's music scene.

Nathan was speaking ahead of the band's upcoming Fallen Empires tour, which kicks off in Dublin this Friday before making its way to Belfast for a three night stint at the Odyssey Arena tonight.

"We can't wait to get back to Belfast to play," he said. "There's always a pretty special atmosphere at our shows at home and the one we did at the City Hall for MTV was amazing.

"We were delighted to be involved on the night, in fact the whole weekend was pretty crazy and fun-filled. There was such a buzz around Belfast and it really did fill us with a huge sense of pride.

"For Belfast too, it was an incredible experience in so many ways. It helped the city financially and also shone a positive light on Northern Ireland, culturally and musically. Obviously, as a musician, I love the fact it showed off the music scene here. It's so diverse and there are so many amazing bands out there at the moment, so it's great the world got to see that."

The opening show of the band's new tour at the 02 in Dublin also marks Nathan's 31st birhtday and he said he couldn't think of a better way to celebrate.

"We always say that the three cities we love to play the most are Dublin, Belfast and Glasgow and they're the three places we're starting off this tour," he said. "We'll never lose that sense of excitement. There's a real nervous energy about playing these places and we can usually gauge then how the tour is going to go and how the audience will react to new songs."

With a sixth studio album released in November, just days after the EMAs, Snow Patrol's extensive back catalogue of material makes it more difficult to draw up a play-list for gigs.

"There are the songs we have to play, the singles that we know will win the crowd over, though they're not always the songs we want to do," he said. "But we're really excited about playing the new stuff from Fallen Empires. It's only when we do live shows that we discover what songs the audience connect with. We've done a handful of gigs recently ahead of the tour and we're finding that This Isn't Everything You Are seems to be the one that people are emotionally connecting to and instantly getting."

Fallen Empires sees Snow Patrol experiment with new sounds - electronica and even a hint of disco - and Nathan said it was their most ambitious album to date.

"It's the closest we've come to actually getting what's in our heads down on a record," he said. "We didn't want to repeat ourselves, but at the same time, we didn't want to forget our strengths. It's less polished, less perfect than the previous two albums. When a record's too clinical you can lose some of your personality. This is the first step in a new direction and you'll see it come through even more on the next album."

And Nathan also revealed that the band is hoping to stage a third open air concert at Ward Park in Bangor.

"Maybe there'll be another Ward Park, we are talking about it," he said. "But it won't be this year."

*Snow Patrol play the Odyssey Arena on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, January 23, 24, 25. New single In The End is out now.



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