NI rockers Snow Patrol made their hometown of Bangor, North Down a very happy place indeed this weekend, when they decided once again to rock the town as only they can.
Last night the band returned home and over 40’000 people descended on the coastal town, not only pleasing the bands legions of fans but the entire local economy as hotels, B&Bs and guesthouses all filled up with ease. The fact that it is now in the record books as the largest event of its type in Northern Ireland is certainly something to be extremely proud of for everyone involved.
Snow Patrol are now of course hugely popular across the globe and yet still return too their homeland to host events such as this every few years, such dedication surely sets them apart from their contemporaries in an industry where money speaks and sales figures rule your career.
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In the perfect setting of a sun drenched Ward Park, the concert seemed more akin to those more well-know UK festivals such as Glastonbury than a gig, offering two stages of live acts, a full supporting cast of homegrown musical acts (take a well earned bow Lisa Hannigan, Band of Horses, General Fiasco and others) and of course an electrically charged atmosphere unlike any other NI event to date.
Under the gaze of a suitably blistering sun the day was chock full of memorable performances and each act played their part in whipping the crowds into a frenzy only a certain Mr Lightbody and his pals could top.
A minor technical hitch couldn’t stop the performance of the bands career, they stormed through their most well known tracks such as Chasing Cars, Run and Eyes Open, showcasing their healthy back catalogue of hits and of course displaying those talents that have taken them to the very pinnacle of the music industry.
As an event Snow Patrol successfully presented something that people will be reminiscing about for years to come, if the band do indeed return to do the same in the future perhaps we’ll see it renamed ‘Snow-Fest’ and becoming the rightful Irish version of its UK counterparts.
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