Monday September 28, 2020

Sing like you’re winning: Gary Lightbody of Snow Patrol bounces back

Snow Patrol’s lead singer knows all about the highs and lows of the music business, from huge success to struggles with alcohol and mental health issues to having the solid support a loyal following

Nadine O’Regan

Arts Editor and Columnist

6th September, 2020
Gary Lightbody of Snow Patrol: the band patented a particular groove of soaring, yet often surprisingly thoughtful and melancholic indie-guitar rock

Gary Lightbody and his band were giddy with excitement. They had just won the Best New Band category at the Hot Press Awards and, as they walked through the audience in the Europa hotel in Belfast, looking over at figures including Bono and the Edge from U2, Shane MacGowan and Sinéad O’Connor, they had a sense that this was finally their time.

From small beginnings as a band formed in Dundee...

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