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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