Snow Patrol frontman Gary Lightbody has told UTV that playing at this year’s Tennent’s Vital means the world to the band and they were happy to perform their only gig of the year in Belfast.
The band are set to perform at the Boucher Road Playing Fields next month, with supporting acts Jason Mraz, Kodaline and Foy Vance.
“It’s the only one we said yes to – it means the world to us,” Gary said.
“We turned down a bunch of gigs and we said we weren’t going to do any. But of course when Belfast comes calling it’s a different story.”
And the singer was confident their fans would not be disappointed with their performance at the upcoming T-Vital gig.
He said: “There is a saying in music which goes ‘shut up and play the hits’ and that’s pretty much the ethos. We want to entertain people, we want them to come and sing along with us.”
Gary, who has been based in Los Angeles for most of this year, has been recording an album with his other band Tired Pony and working on the new Snow Patrol album.
He has also been writing songs with Ed Sheeran and Harry Styles from one Direction. But he says he can’t wait to come back to Northern Ireland.
“I miss home and I miss family terribly, I’m kind of a home bird, but the California sunshine does make up for it a little bit,” he said.
But it is not just music which has occupied the singer’s time, the self-confessed Game of Thrones fanatic made a cameo appearance in an episode of the third series.
“It was great fun, I love the show and I’m a massive fan.
“I was only in it for about ten seconds or something but it was a thrill.
“I said jokingly that I wanted to be an extra and then there was a part for a guy singing on a horse.
“I had to get a day of horse training… so it wasn’t just like turning up and singing a song for a couple of minutes.”
Snow Patrol are headlining Tennent’s Vital on 15 August, with US rockers Kings of Leon performing the day before. Swedish DJ Avicii concludes the three days of music on the Friday.
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