Last night, Snow Patrol took their Wildness tour to Cork’s Opera House. They’re currently touring to promote their first new album in over 7 years ‘Wildness’ which releases on May 25th.
It was the second night of their intimate tour after opening it in Derry the night before. Last night was my first time attending a concert in the Cork Opera House so I was a but worried about how it would go. Luckily, I needn’t worry about anything because it was the perfect venue. It didn’t matter where you were in the crowd, you had a perfect view of the stage. It was perfect.
Seeing as it’s been so long since Snow Patrol have released new music or done shows like this, many people were expecting a bit of stage rust. Just like with my slight worries about the venue, my mind was very quickly put at ease once the lads took to the stage.
They started with ‘Open Your Eyes’ and from there we took a triumphant journey through the last 15 or so years of Snow Patrol’s music. We got massive singalong bangers such as ‘Take Back The City’ and ‘You’re All I Have’ while also getting some slower, tamer songs like ‘Set The Fire To The Third Bar’ and ‘What If This Is All The Love You Ever Get’ from their upcoming album. Of course, we also got absolute in ‘Chasing Cars’ and ‘Run’ thrown into the mix there too. I can honestly say that I’ve never been to a show where the performer sounded so close to how they do on CD, live.
One of the best parts of the experience was seeing the pure joy across Gary Lightbody’s face while performing. It must be almost a sense of relief for him to know that they haven’t lost the fans on their hiatus. The cheer when they came on stage first was deafening.
There was a perfect mix of old songs and new & unreleased songs during the gig. A moment that blew me away was during the encore. Lightbody reemerged and managed to get the screaming crowd to stand in complete silence while he performed one of their new songs. He bargained that we’ll do one quiet song before ending with a big singalong banger to see us home. It was beautiful.
They closed the show with ‘Just Say Yes’ the place was absolutely hopping during this. Overall Snow Patrol were on the stage for just over an hour and a half but it definitely didn’t feel like it. Some gigs feel like they drag for hours, this was certainly a ‘blink and you miss it’ occasion.
The only small negative I can take from the experience is that we didn’t get to keep our tickets. We had to exchange them for flimsy paper wristbands which was a small bummer. However, this absolutely didn’t take away from the show itself in any way.
I reckon that before the year is out, Snow Patrol will have a bigger tour announced. If they do, you 100% need to go. I know I’ll be there!
Until next time.