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Snow Patrol return to Bangor's Ward Park for third time

Snow Patrol are returning to play Ward Park in Bangor
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SNOW PATROL are returning to play Bangor's Ward Park as part of the band's 25th anniversary celebrations.

Frontman Gary Lightbody said their previous two gigs in the Co Down park were among their most memorable and fans repeatedly ask them when they are going back.

The show, which is due to take place next May, will also have other local singers and bands including Foy Vance, Ash, SOAK, Jealous of the Birds and Brand New Friend.

There will be a second stage with new artists, including JC Stewart, The Wood Burning Savages, Kitt Philippa and ROE.

Snow Patrol released Wildness, their first album in seven years, earlier this year.

Lightbody admitted the band weren't expecting fans to stick around for as long as they did.

"We weren't thinking it was going to take us seven years to make an album. That was all me. I couldn't figure out a way to write the lyrics. So I'll hold my hands up to that."

Stephen Reid, Ards and North Down Borough Council Chief Executive said he was delighted the band had chosen the Ward Park venue for a third time.

"The two previous gigs in 2007 and 2010 were fantastic events for everyone who attended and gave a significant boost to residents and businesses in the town," he said.

"We look forward to working with all those involved to make this a truly fantastic and memorable concert."

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