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Time hasn’t diminished Snow Patrol and we celebrate in their 25 year milestone
The band’s decision to go acoustic and hold an intimate live performance was perhaps due to the release of “Reworked EP 1” which features versions of their songs done in non traditional locales such as hotel suites and dressing rooms and is, as a result a much mellower affair than what we are used to from Snow Patrol.
“Reworked EP 1” was released on the 9th of August with ‘Time won’t go slowly’ as the title track. Health issues with the band members resulted in the cancelling of some of their summer shows and there was some uncertainty how this might affect the show, especially with the absence of Johnny McDaid.
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The opening act was the very talented Ryan McMullan, hailing from Northern Ireland. He had the unique ability of drawing in the audience with a few bars of his piano and a raw passionate voice that filled the hall.
He seemed genuinely excited to be opening and performing with Snow Patrol as the third member.
Although they played many songs from the “Reworked EP 1”, the band decided to perform them as the widely-known originals, rather than the reworked versions. ‘Chocolate’, was a good opener for the fans with its distinct rhythmic intro.
The sadness of ‘This Isn’t Everything You Are’ worked well acoustically as it beautifully highlighted the despair in the lyrics.
The heartache of ‘Set the Fire to the Third Bar’ was felt by everyone in the venue, even without the melancholy of Martha Wainwright’s part.
A high point of the night was the crowd singing ‘What if this is all the love you ever get’ as the band played. Gary looked on with a wide smile and it seemed more poignant in that shared moment.
The only disappointment was that ‘A Youth Written In Fire’ did not make the cut. But we were assured by Gary “We aren’t going to come all the way to Bangkok and not play ‘Chasing Cars’”. And play it they did to an understandably enthusiastic roar.
‘Run’ was introduced with a little reminder from Gary that the song was written 20 years ago whilst he was in Glasgow. Time may have passed, but our interest in Snow Patrol hasn’t and the crowd savoured every moment of the show.
We are sending best wishes and a speedy recovery Johnny.
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