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Snow Patrol keep promise to stage Bangor concert

By Maureen Coleman

Snow Patrol are to keep a promise they made to their Northern Ireland fans — by returning to Ward Park in Bangor next summer for a massive outdoor show, the Belfast Telegraph can reveal.

The Northern Ireland band — in Belfast for three Waterfront Hall concerts this week — will rock their home town for one night only on Saturday June 5, 2010.

It will be one of only a handful of gigs the band will play next year and is being billed as a festival, with more acts to be announced later.

Speaking exclusively to the Belfast Telegraph last night, Snow Patrol’s Bangor-born frontman Gary Lightbody said it would be a “very special occasion”.

“We promised after the 2007 show that we’d come back to Ward Park and it’s something we’ve been wanting to do since then,” he said.

“We haven’t had the opportunity to do it before now but we’re very excited about it.

“We played so many festivals and shows this summer, so next year we’ll only be be doing very special occasions, like Ward Park.”

The band round off their Reworked UK and Ireland tour in Belfast this week.

The shows have seen the five-piece re-invent songs from their 15-year career and, according to Gary, the fans have been delighted with the results.

“It’s been great for us to have a change of pace and to do something different at the end of the year,” he said.

“We’ve had so many musicians and wonderful guests and the reactions has been amazing.

“If anything, the shows have gone down even better than anything we’ve done before.

“It’s been a pretty exhausting tour, too, but I feel revitalised being back in Belfast.

“I’ve moved back here but I’ve been on the road so much this year, so I’m delighted to be home.”

Gary said the Royal Albert Hall shows, featuring guest appearances by Gavin and Stacey star James Cordon and Andrea Corr, were “incredible”.

And he revealed that he has offered to write new material for pop idol Cheryl Cole, after she dueted with him on Set The Fire To The Third Bar for Children In Need.

“To walk into a room with a bunch of lads she didn’t know and have us all standing there staring at her, waiting for her to sing, must have been pretty tough,” he said.

“She was nervous but she handled it really well. I think she did a brilliant job and, yes, we were all enthralled by her.

“Not only is she beautiful but she’s also very sweet and we’d definitely work for her again. In fact, I’ve offered to write for her, so we’ll see what happens.”

Tickets to see Snow Patrol back at Ward Park on June 5 go on sale on Friday at 9am from Ticketmaster.

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