Snow Patrol to cham­pion NI tal­ent at Ban­gor fes­ti­val

Belfast Telegraph - - NEWS - BY CLAIRE WIL­LIAMSON

IT’S the huge gig fans were long­ing for — and now it’s a re­al­ity.

Snow Patrol are putting on a fes­ti­val at Ward Park in Ban­gor on May 25 next year.

Since the band’s re­turn af­ter a seven-year-hia­tus, fans have been an­tic­i­pat­ing such an an­nounce­ment, with front­man Gary Light­body say­ing he has been asked about it ev­ery time he is home.

The group an­nounced Ward Park 3, a hat-trick for the band af­ter their mas­sive gigs there in 2007 and 2010, at Belfast’s Oh Yeah Cen­tre yes­ter­daya­head of last bnight’s concert in the SSE Arena.

The gig is de­scribed as a “cel­e­bra­tion of North­ern Ire­land mu­sic”, and Snow Patrol will be joined by a host of lo­cal acts in­clud­ing Foy Vance and Ash. There will also be a sec­ond stage cu­rated by Snow Patrol and Gary’s NI artist de­vel­op­ment com­pany Third Bar, which will show­case the fu­ture of North­ern Ire­land mu­sic.

Gary said: “The first two Ward Parks were two of the best nights of our lives. The sec­ond in par­tic­u­lar was prob­a­bly our favourite gig that we ever did.

“Any­time I go out in Ban­gor to the shops, the only ques­tion I ever get asked is, ‘When is the next Ward Park?’

“And now we’ll be able to tell peo­ple, May 25.”

To­gether for 25 years, the band’s re­cent and long-awaited re­turn made head­lines due to Gary’s hon­esty about his bat­tle with al­co­hol, de­pres­sion and writer’s block. Tick­ets for Ward Park 3 go on sale on Fri­day, De­cem­ber 14, at 9am.

SCOTT / JONATHAN PORTER KEVIN

Snow Patrol in concert at SSE Arena in Belfast last night. Right, the band at the Oh Yeah cen­tre in Belfast where they an­nounced their Ban­gor Ward Park gig

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