Snow Patrol's Gary Lightbody celebrates birthday on home turf
It was a homecoming to remember for superstar Gary Lightbody as he spent his first birthday at home since he turned 18.
The Snow Patrol frontman was in Northern Ireland for the Bushmills Live festival held on Thursday. He played at the Bushmills Distillery with his band, Tired Pony, which includes REM's Peter Buck, for their first-ever performance in Ireland.
For the past year, Lightbody has been in America working on film soundtracks and at the weekend he celebrated his 38th birthday with his parents – for the first time in 20 years.
"It's something I wanted to do for a long time, but you have to be in LA to get a lot of work, which is why I've been there," he told the Belfast Telegraph.
"It's nice to celebrate with them and it's Father's Day as well, so it's a double celebration.
"I do miss home terribly. I will be coming home more permanently at some point, but you have to strike when the iron is hot."
And when the singer is away, it's the little home comforts he misses, such as Tayto crisps, baked beans and potato farls.
Lightbody also revealed a new album is in the pipeline and will be likely out in the middle of next year.