SOLO Gary Lightbody Snow Patrol intend to release a new album next year, but in the meantime, lead singer Gary Lightbody (right) has been flexing his solo muscles by undertaking a series of (relatively intimate) solo shows. Following gigs in the US , Lightbody returns home for two solo acoustic performances, the tickets for which sold out within minutes. All proceeds from the Wednesday event (at Bangor Abbey) will be donated to the Northern Ireland Children’s Hospice, the Church of Ireland Bishop’s Appeal (Ebola Crisis), and Bangor Abbey Fabric Fund. For this gig, also, he will be joined by Snow Patrol’s Nathan Connolly and band associate, Iain Archer. ART John Duffy, A Life in Pictures Artist and poet John Duffy, who died tragically young last December, held four exhibitions and had an artist’s residency at Axis during his lifetime. There he met his friend and collaborator, Stano. This survey show coincides with the release of an album on which he reads 12 of his poems, with music by Stano, Niall O’Shea and Damien Dempsey. Plus a triptych by Robert Ballagh, Brian Maguire and Donald Teskey and the launch of a youth artist bursary in John Duffy’s memory.