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Review: Snow Patrol at Echo Arena, Liverpool

by Chris High. Published Thu 02 Feb 2012 11:02

There is something quite extraordinary about the music of Snow Patrol, whose latest album Fallen Empires, sees a departure from the norm and a heavy reliance on electro beats so as to become more listener friendly. Yet, before a near sell out audience of 10,000 devotees, the band put all such persuasiveness aside and deliver what can only be described as Rock Heaven during a ninety minute set of pure perfection.

Gary Lightbody – inspiration, song writer and vocalist of the Dublin outfit – is a master showman in front of a tight knit band that exudes confidence and, above all, power. From the superb opening of I’ll Never Let Go, through Chocolate and thence on to the closing Just Say Yes, Lightbody exalts and extolls, encourages and demands, invigorates and encourages the crowd at his feet to include themselves in proceedings at every turn.

Indeed, only one thing diluted events, as it goes, with this being only two songs from their fourth album – A Hundred Million Suns – and just two from their the third, the superb Final Straw. That these were Chocolate and a quite sublime Run, goes someway to forgiving the omission of How To Be Dead and Spitting Games, but only just, but when oh when will Disaster Button – a song tailor made for a live outing – make an appearance?

Nevertheless, Snow Patrol deliver unforgettable entertainment, and with Chasing Cars, Open Your Eyes and Crack The Shutters feeding nicely into the new All I Ever Wanted, Everything You Are and the anthemic title track, Fallen Empires – which is quite possibly the highlight of this exhilarating evening, played out as it is beneath a canopy of blood red light offset by the crystalline graphics screaming for attention from the huge screen at the back of the stage – make this a night to remember for a very, very long time to come.



10/10

Tour dates:

Manchester, February 3rd
Birmingham, February 4th
Newcastle, February 5th
www.snowpatrol.com for further details.



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"I attended this concert and completely agree with the articl. In my opinion it was a solid 10/10. " Gary, Liverpool around 2 years, 9 months ago

"brilliant show from snow patrol. wish they had played 'lighening strike' tho' " laurie, uk around 2 years, 9 months ago

"I too have requested Disaster Button, without success for several years. Yet, hope springs eternal! " Debbie, Woking, Surrey around 2 years, 9 months ago

 
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