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Snow Patrol drummer reveals details of his Oslo wedding

By Maureen Coleman

Snow Patrol’s drummer Jonny Quinn has told of his excitement at his forthcoming wedding to Norwegian girlfriend Marianne Rokke.

The Co Down man is set to wed Marianne in Oslo on Saturday, August 16, after proposing to her during the band’s huge homecoming concert at Ward Park in Bangor last summer.

Speaking exclusively to the Belfast Telegraph, Jonny confirmed that the rest of the band — fresh from recording their fifth album — would be attending his big day.

Jonny, who was in Berlin where the band have been recording the follow-up to Eyes Open, said he couldn’t wait to get married to industrial designer Marianne.

“I was a bit nervous to begin with, but now that the date is approaching, I’m just really excited,” he said.

“We’re having the wedding reception in a marquee in the garden of Marianne’s family home in Oslo. There’ll be about 100 people coming to it, including friends and family from Northern Ireland, Scotland, Canada and the States. It’ll be fairly international, but not at all over-the-top, we don’t go in for things like that.

“All the Snow Patrol lads will be there of course and my brother Bradley will be my best man.

“The only real difference between Northern Irish weddings and Norwegian weddings is that they go in for really long speeches, but we’re going to try and keep them short.”

Former Snow Patrol member Iain Archer — who co-wrote the Ivor Novello award-winning single Run for the band — will provide the music at the church service while Dublin singer/songwriter Declan O’Rourke will perform his song Galileo for the couple’s first dance.

“My drum technician Graham Hunter is in a band and they’ll be playing and we’re having an open mic at the reception, so Gary (Lightbody) might get up and sing as well,” he said.

“We chose Galileo because it’s a lovely song but there’ll definitely be no dancing to Chasing Cars.

“It’s great that so many people tell us they have Chasing Cars as their wedding song, but no, we won’t be going for it. Galileo’s just perfect.”

We’re having an open mic at the reception, so Gary Lightbody might get up and sing

Following the wedding, Jonny and Marianne will head off to Zanzibar in Tanzania for their honeymoon.

Jonny said: “I’m heading back to London for a break before the wedding then we’re off to Zanzibar for a few weeks.

“I asked people for recommendations and was told that it’s perfect for a honeymoon, so I’m really looking forward to it. It’ll be lovely to have such a nice wee break after all the recording and then when we come back, it won’t be too long before the new album is released.”

Jonny popped the question to Marianne last September while playing on stage at Ward Park.

He wrote the words “Marry me Marianne” on his drum kit and they were flashed up on the big screens at the side of the stage.

Up to 30,000 Snow Patrol fans were at the gig at the time but most were unaware of the proposal until they read about it in the Belfast Telegraph.

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