Belfast Telegraph

Better late than never for Northern Ireland Snow Patrol fans

By Laura Harding

Snow Patrol frontman Gary Lightbody apologised to fans last night after the band's flight from Manchester was delayed on their way to a gig at a HMV in Belfast.

The Northern Ireland band, who are likely to reach number one for the first time in a decade with new album Wildness this weekend, were flying out of Manchester after an acoustic gig at a HMV store.

Lightbody wrote on Twitter: "Thanks to everyone that came to the Manchester @hmvtweets instore. What a lovely bunch of people. We had a great time. Now we're at Manchester airport about to fly home to Belfast for this evenings instore."

However, over an hour later, he broke the news that they still hadn't left the gate.

He added: "Believe us as soon as we get to Belfast we will be hot-footing it to hmv donegal arcade. The worst day for delayed flight problems.

"We will be there as soon as humanly possible."

Shortly afterwards he updated fans, writing: "And we're taking off! Finally. See you all at the Belfast hmv instore as soon as possible. So sorry about this."

Lightbody apologised again at HMV in Belfast city centre for the two-hour wait.

Earlier, the band celebrated member Johnny McDaid's success at the Ivor Novello Awards as he bagged the Most Performed Work prize along with Ed Sheeran and Steve Mac for Sheeran's single Shape Of You. McDaid helped write the number one hit.

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