Gary Lightbody and co wrap up tour with 'emotional' Belfast gig
Snow Patrol closed their UK and Irish arena tour in rapturous fashion with a homecoming show in Belfast last night (March 23).
The band rounded off a four-night stand at the city’s 9,000-capacity Odyssey Arena with a hit-laden set in front of an audience that contained most of Northern Ireland’s football team.
Frontman Gary Lightbody, who moved back to his home city from Glasgow three years ago, had personally invited the squad.
Clearly the occasion got to the singer, who appeared overwhelmed by the response from his home crowd throughout the show.
After missing a cue for ‘You Could Be Happy’, Lightbody confessed: “I haven’t been the most professional tonight, and that’s because I’m a little overwhelmed.”
He later dedicated ‘Chasing Cars’ to the band’s families, all present at the arena, for supporting the band through their early lean years, in the hope that “there may be a day, or indeed four days, like this”.
Midway through the show, Lightbody extended his acoustic segment in response to a banner in the audience that read “Please play ‘Olive Grove’ for Frances“.
Admitting that he was not sure how to still play the song, ‘An Olive Grove Facing The Sea’ from 2001 album ‘When It’s All Over We Still Have To Clear Up’, he ad-libbed most of the song, before played an acoustic cover of ‘Teenage Kicks’ by fellow Northern Irishmen The Undertones.
He then began an acoustic rendition of smash hit ‘Run’, before the rest of band joined him midway through to close the track in epic style.
The show’s penultimate song was a full rendition of the epic three-part new album closer ‘The Lightning Strike’. It was illustrated by a giant animation on a screens that was based around the artwork for the group’s current album ‘A Hundred Million Suns’.
The psychedelic animation began and ended with the star logo from the album cover, taking in abstract animation sequences depicting the sun, then outer space, before moving down to Earth and later underwater. They then closed with 2006 hit single You’re All I Have’.
Snow Patrol played:
‘If There’s A Rocket, Tie Me To It’
‘How To Be Dead’
‘You Could Be Happy’
‘Make This Go On Forever’
‘Shut Your Eyes’
‘Set The Fire To The Third Bar’
‘Crack The Shutters’
‘Take Back The City’
‘Open Your Eyes’
‘The Lightning Strike’
‘You’re All I Have’