SNOW PATROL’S Gary Lightbody reckons the band is playing “better than ever” – as he prepares for a homecoming of sorts to Glasgow.
The indie rock legends are up for a gong at this year’s SSE Scottish Music Awards and will perform at the lavish event on December 1.
The best of Scotland’s music industry will come together to celebrate a phenomenal year, while raising vital funds for the UK’s largest music therapy charity, Nordoff Robbins.
And Gary, 42, believes that the band – who are up for the Artist of the Year award – are hitting their stride, despite being almost a quarter century old.
He said: “I think we’re playing better than ever.
“We’re absolutely honored to be up for an award this year and it’s for a fantastic cause in Nordoff Robbins.
“There’s not a lot we haven’t seen and done in the music industry but we really do feel like we’ve hit our stride on stage.
“And hopefully that’s what the audience feels when we’re up there.
“We’re not flawless by any means – but we’ve been together a long time and it’s something we’ve worked on and hopefully we give the crowd a good show.”
Gary, from Bangor in Northern Ireland, has strong ties to Scotland.
He studied at Dundee University before living in Glasgow in the mid-90s.
And for the band who formed up north, playing at the SSE Hydro is a gig that Gary and the rest of the group are looking forward to.
He said: “We’ve always felt very much at home in Glasgow and it’s always been very welcoming to us.
“We had all this success, playing around the world, but we still very much feel part of the city.
“It’s such a big piece of our own history so we can’t wait to get up there on stage.”
Snow Patrol are among the big names announced for this year’s ceremony.
Celebrating its twentieth year in 2018, the SSE Scottish Music Awards has the likes of The Script, Frightened Rabbit and Gary Clark all up for gongs.
Guests will be treated to performances by some of the country’s biggest stars as Mark Knopfler, Susan Boyle, Amy Macdonald, Tom Grennan, Kyle Falconer and The Snuts join Snow Patrol in the lineup.
And while Gary isn’t put off by being amongst a stellar lineup – he did reveal one awards show that left him a little more nervous.
He said: “The only time I’ve been stressed at an awards show was around 2004 when I was at the NMEs gig.
“It was just me on stage and there in the front row was Sir Paul McCartney – I was terrified then.
“We had only really found our big success for about six months at that points and every time I closed my eyes I could see him.
“But we feel much more comfortable now, there’s no rivalry with other artists or anything like that.
“Especially when it’s for such a good cause.”
Looking to the future, Snow Patrol are set to celebrate their 25th anniversary next year.
Read the article at thescottishsun.co.uk.