Singer Gary Lightbody tells NME.COM he's overwhelmed by the crowd reaction to 'Run'...

GLASTONBURY virgins SNOW PATROL made a triumphant debut at the festival today (June 25) in one of the first great sets of the weekend.

Making an early evening Other Stage appearance before fellow Glasgow band Franz Ferdinand, the band gave Glastonbury 2004 its anthem when the whole field sang along to recent hit ‘Run’.

NME.COM battled through the army of well-wishers to get singer/guitarist Gary Lightbody’s verdict: “I’ve never experienced anything like that in my life before. I’m a bit lost for words actually. It’s the biggest crowd we’ve ever played to.

“It’s been a day of firsts and the most significant one was that this was the first time we’ve played Glastonbury It’s the first time I’ve ever been here in my life actually. Imagine, the first time you come here and you come out to that reaction. It was quite overwhelming.”

From stage, Lightbody had dedicated ‘Run’ to Gary Orr, saying, “I’m not going to go into details, but can you just cheer really loudly.” Afterwards, he explained to NME.COM Gary Orr was a 17-year-old Snow Patrol fan who recently died of cancer and asked for the song to be played at his funeral.

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