FINAL STRAW

Their 20th festival of the summer is up with the best...

SNOW PATROL wind up their mammoth summer schedule tomorrow with their final festival show of the year tomorrow at V in CHELMSFORD.

And judging by the enormous reaction to their V Stage set in Staffordshire this afternoon, they are set to go out in style. But, as singer Gary Lightbody warned NME.COM: “We might go out in style, but we might go out in not much style, we might go out with our trousers round our ankles, usual Snow Patrol fare.”

This weekend will take their 2004 festival count to 20 worldwide, and there’s no sign of the band getting bored yet, with Gary declaring after playing the summer’s anthem, ‘Run’, “That is a song about hope and I think we experienced a little bit of hope there. It’s not a sad song, thank you for making it so happy.”

And after the show, he elaborated: “A lot of people maybe think it’s quite a sad song and it’s meant to be full of hope and when people appreciate it as much as that it really brings home the actual meaning of it, and it really touched me today how much they got into it.”

Last time NME.COM caught up with Snow Patrol was at Benicassim in Spain earlier this month:”There wasn’t a cloud in the sky,” said Gary, “and here it’s threatening rain and mud underfoot. But weather really doesn’t have anything to do with it, the crowd were brilliant, they were one of the best crowds we’ve played to all year, and crowds make gigs. Bands can go onstage but if the crowd’s not up for it then they’re just gonna have a shit gig, if the crowd’s up for it the crowd are gonna have a great gig and today was one of those days.”