It’s been over six years since Snow Patrol were last in UK arenas, but it was clear on the first date of their comeback that it is where they belong.
A stunningly raw performance from the band was supplemented perfectly by the big production that an arena tour allows to leave fans in awe at Newcastle’s Metro Radio Arena on Wednesday evening.
The melodic rockers hadn’t intended to go seven years before releasing latest album Wildness, but it was quite clear that they were delighted to be back and playing to UK audiences once again.
In the build-up, front man Gary Lightbody admitted even he was excited to see the ideas of their production and lighting team come to life in Newcastle and it was clear to see why.
They really did light up the arena with a beautiful production of lights and lazers as well as fantastic video on the screens to add to the performance of the five-piece band.
Ironically, the huge production was in complete contrast to the band. While the production took its beauty from being big and bold, the band’s beauty was in the very opposite. Their stripped-back, raw and naked telling of their songs was what made their performance so incredible.
Snow Patrol have had plenty of stick over the years. Liam Gallagher once described them as ‘Snore Patrol’. It was clear in Newcastle that couldn’t have been any further from the truth.
Sure, not many songs are upbeat and make you want to jump about. Instead, Snow Patrol get their power from the raw, simplicity of their performance.
Lightbody’s voice was hauntingly beautiful in its low tone and the sincerity of his performances – particularly for the slower songs – is really something to behold. In particular, You Could Be Happy was a stripped back, scintillating performance that had the airs on your arms rising.
In fairness to them too, the songs from their latest album really blended well on the 21-song setlist. While classic favourites such as Run, Chasing Cars and Open Your Eyes went down a treat with fans, the new songs were equally welcomed.
Heal Me was probably the most up-tempo song of the night, and the one Lightbody admits he’s enjoying performing most at the moment. Life On Earth was a perfect example of the stunning visual masterpiece that the show was. As the band performed, the screens showed images of the earth from space as it orbited around.
One of the show’s stand-out moments came from the new album too. Just Lightbody and pianist Johnny McDaid took to the stage for the first song of the encore as they performed What If This Is All the Love You Ever Get? from Wildness. Lightbody’s falsetto might have been off, but it didn’t detract from the raw and harrowing rendition that left the room in complete awe.
After a recent four-month run of smaller shows in the US ahead of this arena tour, Lightbody joked: “There’s life in the old dogs yet.” And there certainly was. Let’s just hope it’s not another six years before they’re back.
Light up, Light up! Snow Patrol most certainly did that in Newcastle.
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