Snow Patrol vow to return after hit gig
Snow Patrol have vowed to turn their massive Bangor show into a regular outing, following the success of their weekend concert at Ward Park.
Up to 30,000 fans packed into the playing fields to welcome home the Grammy-nominated rock group, who have taken the world by storm.
It was a fitting choice of venue as frontman Gary Lightbody and drummer Jonny Quinn both come from the seaside town and used to play football in the park when they were younger.
The band headlined Tennents ViTal in Botanic Gardens last year and also sold out the Odyssey Arena in December but this was the first time they had staged a show of this size in their home town.
"Bangor, we'll be back," Gary Lightbody told the crowds.
"Hopefully we can do this every year or every two years."
If Snow Patrol's intentions were to give their fans a night to remember, they didn't disappoint.
The show was well organised, the sound was excellent and there was a definite feel-good atmosphere among the concert-goers.
And the band themselves couldn't contain their delight about being home and playing their biggest headline show in Northern Ireland.
Speaking beforehand, guitarist Nathan Connolly said they weren't nervous about the show, "just really excited", while Gary Lightbody recalled playing football and climbing trees in the park as a child.
"I never imagined we'd be playing here years later," he said.
Snow Patrol's set kicked off with Hands Open from their chart-topping album Eyes Open, followed by Chocolate and lt's Beginning To Get To Me. Other songs included breakthrough hit Run, Chasing Cars, Spitting Games and How To Be Dead. The band rounded off the evening with the track You're All I Have, spurred on by the crowd, who sang along.
The concert ended in spectacular style, with a huge fireworks display lighting up the Bangor sky.
Earlier in the evening Downpatrick rockers Ash got the crowd going with a blistering performance which included Polaris, Girls From Mars, Burn Baby Burn and Kung Fu.
And up-and-coming Bangor band Kowalski - tipped by Lightbody to go far - also went down well with the fans.
Other acts on Saturday's bill included Simple Kid, The Dead 60s and We Are Scientists.
A bearded Lightbody paid tribute to the maternity staff at the Ulster Hospital, where his sister recently gave birth, and also dedicated a song to his parents Jack and Lynn.
Joining friends and relatives in the VIP area to watch Snow Patrol's performance, Tim Wheeler of Ash, said it had been a wonderful day.
"It was great up there, we really enjoyed it," he said.
"It's been brilliant and we're delighted we were asked to play."