Frontman Gary Lightbody takes a break to tell NME.COM that "there will be tears" tonight...

SNOW PATROL caused hysteria in the NME SIGNING TENT ahead of their headline ‘homecoming’ show at T IN THE PARK tonight (July 11).

The group, who close proceedings on the King Tut’s Stage, were greeted by a huge round of applause from hundreds of screaming fans when they turned up at the tent this afternoon.

Although three-quarters of the band are Irish, they met at university in Scotland, and are still based in their adopted country.

Singer Gary Lightbody took a brief break from signing a variety of posters, pics and body parts to talk to NME.COM about tonight’s show, saying “there will be tears” whatever happens.

He admitted: “I can’t wait. Ever since we found out it was happening we’ve all been excited. I can’t wait, we’re gonna have a ball.”

Lightbody added: “If it’s anything like our experience at Glastonbury, it will be amazing. People will be nicely sozzled, and I think it will be a lot more passionate. There will be tears either way – if no one turns up to see us or if it’s emotional.”

Speaking about the prospect of a local ‘face-off’ with Franz Ferdinand, also playing today, Lightbody revealed: “There’s no competition between us. We’ve met them recently a few times and they’re lovely boys.”

Come back to NME.COM later for a full report on the Snow Patrol show.