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Snow Patrol: Ward Park 3 gig will champion the best of Northern Ireland talent

Snow Patrol pictured at the Oh Yeah centre in Belfast where they announced their Bangor Ward Park gig on 25 May 2019. It will be the third time the band have played the venue. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye
Snow Patrol pictured at the Oh Yeah centre in Belfast where they announced their Bangor Ward Park gig on 25 May 2019. It will be the third time the band have played the venue. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye
Sarah Tulloch

By Sarah Tulloch

Snow Patrol will return to Bangor for Ward Park 3 next year to celebrate 25 years since the formation of the band.

Ward Park 3 will take place on Saturday, May 25 2019 and will be a celebration of music in Northern Ireland.

Snow Patrol will be supported by a host of local talent including Foy Vance, Ash, SOAK, Jealous of the Birds, Brand New Friend, Kit Philippa and ROE.

“Northern Irish music at the moment is in its rudest health. It’s very exciting to be able to celebrate that at a time that when it’s a good time to celebrate all the good things about Northern Ireland,” Gary Lightbody said.

"Northern Irish acts all the way."

A special guest that will take to the main stage will be announced next month.

Snow Patrol front man Lightbody branded the previous Ward Park gigs two of the best days of the band's lives.

"Every time I go out in Bangor to the shops, the only question I ever get asked is, "When's the next Ward Park?” he said.

The band released Wildness, their first album in seven years, in May 2018. Lightbody admitted the band weren’t expecting fans to stick around for as long as they did.

"We weren’t thinking it was going to take us seven years to make an album. That was all me. I couldn’t figure out a way to write the lyrics. So I’ll hold my hands up to that.

Snow Patrol's Gary Lightbody talks to reporters during a press conference in Belfast to announce the Ward Park 3, concert on Saturday May 25th 2019. Pic by Peter Morrison
Snow Patrol's Gary Lightbody talks to reporters during a press conference in Belfast to announce the Ward Park 3, concert on Saturday May 25th 2019. Pic by Peter Morrison

"We weren't expecting the album to do so well, the tour to do so well. You can’t expect that... We’re very grateful for it. It’s not something we take for granted."

Fans needn't worry about waiting as long for the next album as the band confirmed they have already started writing it.

Ards and North Down Borough Council Chief Executive, Stephen Reid said: "The two previous gigs were fantastic events for everyone who attended and gave a significant boost to residents and businesses in the town. We look forward to working with all those involved to make this a truly fantastic and memorable concert."

Ward Park 2 took place in 2010 and was the biggest show ever produced in Northern Ireland.

Snow Patrol are in Northern Ireland this weekend for two concerts at the SSE Arena in Belfast.

Tickets for Ward Park 3 go on sale Friday, December 14 at 9am from Ticketmaster outlets nationwide and ticketmaster.ie.

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