Snow Patrol are to stage a huge homecoming concert for their Northern Ireland fans later this year, the band’s lead singer Gary Lightbody has revealed.
In an exclusive interview with the Belfast Telegraph the Bangor-born frontman said plans are under way to organise a show in the latter half of the year.
Lightbody, who recently celebrated his 36th birthday was speaking ahead of an acoustic Snow Patrol set at the Bushmills Distillery last night.
The band took time out from a headlining European tour to take part in the second night of the Bushmills Live event alongside local artists including Iain Archer, Foy Vance, David C Clements and General Fiasco. Lord of the Rings star Elijah Wood also DJ’ed at the gig, which was attended by about 400 people.
Lightbody, who heads to Luxembourg today with the rest of the band to continue the tour said he was delighted to be back home, albeit briefly.
“It’s pretty cool to be playing here at the Bushmills Distillery and it’s great to be home,” he said.
“The gigs have been going really well in Europe and the new album Fallen Empires is going down a storm.
“This is the first time we have been closing festivals in places like Finland and it’s such an honour, privilege and responsibility.”
The band has also been lined up to perform at the opening ceremony of the Olympics on July 27 at Hyde Park in London.
“We’re only doing a 45-minute set so I guess we’ll be playing all our big singles,” he said
“But it’s an amazing event to be involved with and we are in the process of organising some special guests as well.” When asked if Snow Patrol had any plans to play any more homecoming gigs in Northern Ireland this year Lightbody said: “We are definitely going to be doing another Ward Park, but that will be next year,” he said.
“However there will be something happening at home in the latter half of the year.
“It’s going to be pretty special. We can’t say what it is just yet but we will definitely be doing something in Northern Ireland later this year.”
Lightbody also discussed his new appointment as president of the Oh Yeah centre in Belfast. Snow Patrol has close links with Oh Yeah and the band’s fees from last night were donated to the music centre in the heart of the Cathedral Quarter.
“I’m not really sure what my duties are but I like the idea of being president,” he said.
“I’m aiming for lord commander of the universe, that is my next accolade.”
And the singer revealed that he has scrapped previously penned material for the band’s next studio album and that he has totally re-written a new collection of songs.
“We recorded a second album when we did the Fallen Empires session,” he said
“But the songs I’ve been writing recently are light years away from anything that I’ve ever written before.”