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They're rocking back into town

Odyssey Arena, Belfast

Monday to Wednesday, January 23-25, 6.30pm

Hot on the heels of the two sold-out opening gigs of their Irish and UK tour performed at Dublin's O2, Snow Patrol arrive in Belfast for the first of three consecutive homecoming shows at the Odyssey Arena on Monday.

This is set to be another very busy year for the local lads, with an extensive tour of North America and Europe following directly after their UK dates, as well as their appearances before a viewing audience of many millions on the US coast-to-coast TV shows Letterman and Ellen earlier this month, coinciding with the US release of their sixth studio album, Fallen Empires.

Since their formation as a trio in 1994 by University of Dundee students Gary Lightbody (above), Mark McClelland and Michael Morrison, the name Snow Patrol replaced their original moniker, Shrug, the following year and, with the addition of drummer Jonny Quinn, their first album Songs For Polar Bears was released in 1998.

Despite settling in Glasgow, Snow Patrol were regular visitors back to Northern Ireland, often playing low-key shows at small Belfast venues including The Duke Of York, where they played their first gig here in 1998.

In 2006, their breakthrough album Eyes Open became the UK's best-selling album of the year and Snow Patrol's subsequent local appearances, including their 2010 Ward Park gig and last year's EMA show in Belfast last year were staged before tens of thousands of fans.

Support acts confirmed for next week's Odyssey gigs include Everything Everything and Rams' Pocket Radio.

Tickets are still available from www.ticketmaster.ie