Following the celebrated reissue of their breakthrough record Final Straw, Snow Patrol will make a special guest appearance in Belfast this October as flagship music discovery event BBC Introducing Live, in association with Belfast International Arts Festival, makes its Northern Ireland debut.
On Friday 13th October at the Limelight, audiences will also be treated to an evening of special performances from rising stars Jordan Adetunji, Lucy Gaffney, Reevahand Cbakl as part of the 61st Belfast International Arts Festival.
Snow Patrol recently released a special 20th anniversary reissue Final Straw, the band’s third studio album now certified six times platinum in the UK. Originally released in August 2003, Final Straw produced four top 30 hits for the band, including the critically acclaimed top five track ‘Run’. A feast for fans, the double editions of the reissue include 23 additional tracks, including never-before-heard demos, B-sides and live tracks – among them a previously unreleased demo version of ‘Chocolate’.
The band will release their anticipated eighth studio album in 2024.
They join the lineup for this year’s edition of BBC Introducing Live, which taking place across the UK from Wednesday 11th – Saturday 14th October and promises to be bigger, bolder, and more inspiring than ever before, as it spans across five vibrant cities: London, Manchester, Cardiff, Glasgow and Belfast.
Snow Patrol frontman Gary Lightbody said: “We are delighted to be playing the BBC Introducing Live event and to be sharing the stage with so many amazing homegrown, rising artists. This event, obviously, is to mainly supportnewer artists and we have of course been around forever! But we’ve always been so proud to be a part of the NI music scene and that scene is stronger, and making more exciting music, than ever. It’s great to be a wee part of the event and we’re really looking forward to it.”
Richard Wakely, Chief Executive and Artistic Director of Belfast International Arts Festival said: “Our collaboration with BBC Introducing Live at The Limelightis shaping up to be a real celebration of Northern Ireland based music-makers and a fitting reminder of the cultural impact music from this place has made beyond these shores, especially in light of Belfast’s designation as a UNESCO City of Music. Snow Patrol’s international acclaim is testament to the vibrancy of our music sceneand their guest appearance alongside such rising stars speaks to the potential of original voices from this place.
“We are pleased to work with the BBC team to bring this event to life as part of the strong music strand of our 61stfestival, which exemplifies our commitment to providinga platform for homegrown and international voices alike. Indeed, one of this year’s flagship events is a much-anticipated collaboration that sees the local talent of The Belfast Ensemble join forces with international pop icon Marc Almond for an unforgettable performance at Belfast’s Grand Opera House.”
For more information, visit belfastinternationalartsfestival.com/event/bbc-introducing-presents.