RE-LIGHT UP!

The 'Run' stars put recent troubles behind them in County Kerry...

Snow Patrol chose the picturesque mountains of south-west Ireland to debut new material from their forthcoming new album at a sell-out secret charity gig last night (April 1).

The group performed infectious new songs ‘Chasing Cars’ and ‘It’s Beginning To Get To Me’ to rapturous applause from an audience of in-the-know fans at the Hillgrove Hotel in Dingle, County Kerry.

Frontman Gary Lightbody indicated during the performance that the groups follow-up to the multi-platinum ‘Final Straw’ is still in its early stages when he remarked just before the second new song: “This is from our new album as soon as we fuckin’ make it!”

The triumphant set also gave the band the opportunity to debut their new line-up, which features Paul Wilson formerly of Scottish rockers Terra Diablo, who replaces founder member Mark McClelland, and keyboardist Tom Simpson; now a permanent member of the group.

Concerns were raised during the gig when the 800-capacity crowd, which included Radio 1 DJ Edith Bowman, surged towards the stage causing it to move. Lightbody appeared to take this in his stride, telling the crowd: “This is very rock and roll, let’s drive this thing down the fucking road!”

Snow Patrol’s charity gig was in aid of the Irish Centre in London’s Camden, and local charity Dion. The band have spent the past two months writing and recording new material in Dingle for their follow-up to 2003’s ‘Final Straw’.