Snow Patrol, Birmingham LG – review and pictures

Posted on 5 February 2012
By Katja Ogrin
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Despite an unfortunate irony where snow prevented an estimated near 1000 ticketholders from making it to Snow Patrol’s Birmingham show last night, those who braved the weather and icy roads got themselves a Celtic treat to remember.

Set against an incredible background Gary Lightbody and the boys delivered a solid 90 minute set kicking off with Berlin.

The Scottish/Irish fivepiece are touring their Fallen Empire album which sees a slight departure in sound from the indie to the more mainstream yet the Snow Patrol diehards don’t seem too bothered.

An early appearance of Take Back the City and Hands Open sees Lightbody take the crowd into the palm of his hands.

The effortless confidence he demonstrates on the massive stage with a phenomenal lightshow and special effects is fitting for a man whose band have risen to the top slowly and earnestly and who plan to stay there.

It was a surprise and a disappointment that Snow Patrol’s classic “Spitting Games” never made it into the set.

New release In The End and the superb title track from the new album Fallen Empires got quite a reaction from the Birmingham crowd but predictably it was the old anthemic favourites such as Run, Chocolate and Open Your Eyes that got the biggest reaction.

Earlier in the night Everything Everything provided main support. Many of the faithful fans up front seemed to enjoy it but sadly the vacuousness of the arena during their set proved too much for them to command and the majority of those present probably found them a little forgettable.