Now about to enter their 19th year in existence, Snow Patrol are about to round-off what has been a busy one with a homecoming show in the run-up to Christmas.
Not famed for turning off amps and unplugging their instruments, although they did entertain Australia with just such a tour earlier this year, Snow Patrol will be performing a Festive show at Belfast's Waterfront on 23rd December. The show will feature Soak in support and will kick off nice and early at 6pm, with tickets set to go on sale from Friday 23rd November, priced at £22.50. It isn't a massive arena so expect tickets to sell quickly and if you're very, very good, Santa might even bring more Snow Patrol action if this sells out.
No doubt that the Acoustic Christmas show will feature a few Festive favourites to keep your chestnuts cosy on a cold December evening, as well as songs from their string of huge hit albums from the past decade. It's hard to think that Snow Patrol were almost down and out by 2003 after issuing two decent but largely-ignored albums in 1998 and 2001 - neither "Songs for Polarbears" or "When It's all Over We Still Have to Clear up" bothered the chart compilers - but the aptly-titled "Final Straw" gave them a break and a hit in the anthemic "Run".
Even better followed with the album "Eyes Open" - the attendant smash single "Chasing Cars" has become something of a staple with buskers, talent-shows and aspiring bands and the album itself was one of the top-selling albums of the last decade. Their most recent album "Fallen Empires" appeared in 2011 and kick-started a year's busy touring schedule, high-lighted by a UK jaunt in the spring and a wealth of big festival appearances including T In The Park and the Olympics-branded BT London Live event in the summer.