Snow Patrol’s Nathan Connolly has revealed that the band is in talks to stage a third Ward Park show in Bangor. The Co Down guitarist was speaking ahead of the first of three sold-out shows at the Odyssey Arena in Belfast, kicking off tonight.
He said: “Maybe there’ll be another Ward Park, we are talking about it. But it won’t be this year.”
The band has already staged two massive shows in Ward Park in 2007 and 2010. The second gig was the largest ever to be held in Northern Ireland.
Nathan also spoke about the band’s huge pride at being asked to perform at this year’s MTV EMAs in November.
He described the event as an ‘amazing, crazy, fun-filled’ weekend, which had shed a positive light on Belfast and would continue to reap benefits for the city’s music scene.
“We can’t wait to get back to Belfast to play,” he said. “There’s always a pretty special atmosphere at our shows at home and the one we did at the City Hall for MTV was amazing.
“We were delighted to be involved on the night, in fact the whole weekend was pretty crazy and fun-filled. There was such a buzz around Belfast and it really did fill us with a huge sense of pride.
“For Belfast too, it was an incredible experience in so many ways. It helped the city financially and also shone a positive light on Northern Ireland, culturally and musically. Obviously, as a musician, I love the fact it showed off the music scene here. It’s so diverse and there are so many amazing bands out there at the moment, so it’s great the world got to see that.”
Snow Patrol started their Fallen Empires tour in Dublin on Friday. They’ll play Belfast tonight, tomorrow and Wednesday before heading off to Scotland.
“We always say that the three cities we love to play the most are Dublin, Belfast and Glasgow and they’re the three places we’re starting off this tour,” he said. “We’ll never lose that sense of excitement. There’s a real nervous energy about playing these places and we can usually gauge then how the tour is going to go and how the audience will react to new songs.”
With a sixth studio album released in November, just days after the EMAs, Snow Patrol’s extensive back catalogue of material makes it more difficult to draw up a play-list for gigs.
“There are the songs we have to play, the singles that we know will win the crowd over, though they’re not always the songs we want to do,” he said. “But we’re really excited about playing the new stuff from Fallen Empires. It’s only when we do live shows that we discover what songs the audience connect with. We’ve done a handful of gigs recently ahead of the tour and we’re finding that This Isn’t Everything You Are seems to be the one that people are emotionally connecting to and instantly getting.”
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