So on Wednesday I went to see Snow Patrol with Rachel at the Capital FM Arena in Nottingham. Now to put into perspective how excited I was for this event, I have been trying to see them live for 4 years. Failing due to education and people. So it can be said, I was very happy.
The supporting act came on and it was extremely disappointing but when Snow Patrol came on, I was speechless. This band has been with me for the ups and downs the past 5 years so a lot of their songs have special meanings to me. I am sad to say I did nearly cry out of excitement. Maybe a bit of an over reaction to a band but for something which had got me through so many bad times it seemed reasonable.
They started the set off with Berlin, and instrumental from their new album and a song I did not believe would be played at all.
This was followed by I’ll Never Let Go and then Take back the City. This was the first time we saw the extent of the graphics. As a band with instruments it is harder for them to keep the audiences interest so the images on the back screen worked wonders. Starting off with a city that slowly had flowers bloom across it turning it into a wild paradise and from a birds eye view had their snowflake symbol.
After this amazing start, the rest of the show did not disappoint. Gary Lightbody (The lead singer) had an extremely good rap-or with the audience, making jokes, laughing when he got things wrong and even told one fan to shut up to everyones amusement.
The show then went on to Hands Open and then to another new track This isn’t everything you are. Rachel and I adore this song. It just makes you remember that not matter what happens, you are so much more and nothing should stop you. The following song Run was in honour of an injured soldier who had found that special someone who had given his life meaning again. The crowd applause was ecstatic and this heartfelt rendition caused a few moments of tears for myself.
Next was In The End, The Garden Rules and Crack the Shutters. Sadly I could not enjoy the last as much as I used to, due to the fact it brings up bad memories. Although I have severed most emotional ties between Snow Patrol songs and this person, this one remains and was a bit of a sore point.
Set the Fire to the Third Bar was beautiful with both Rachel and I singing out guts out. The female vocalist had an amazing voice and complimented Gary extremely well.
This was followed by You Could be Happy and then Shut Your Eyes. Whilst this isn’t one of my favourite songs, the enthusiasm he instilled into the audience was astounding. Most of the show there had been singing along but the audience looked lifeless. I believe this was more out of a quiet admiration for the music than a dislike in the performance but making the audience hum and whisper to the final chorus slowly building up the tensity and sound made you feel like you were part of the performance and not simply watching it.
Chasing Cars was fabulous. I love this song and there isn’t much more to say about it. Chocolate, Called Out Into The Dark, Fallen Empires and You’re All I Have finished the set. The graphics throughout, the video of the audience with images over the top had set everything to a high standard. I was astounded at the quality of the output as it was all being filmed on the spot, not pre-recorded.
They left the stage but thankfully returned for a 3 song encore. This started with Lifening, a song Gary holds very close to him and when he sung you could hear the emotion he had put into it. Open Your Eyes and then Just Say Yes finished off the evening and left us all feeling a lot better about everything in general.
I did sing along to every song, I did dance, I did scream (a tad too high) and I did clap extremely enthusiastically and I don’t care. Normally I like particular songs rather than bands but Snow Patrol are there when I can’t share things with the world and when I need a song to describe how I’m feeling when the words just can’t come out. This isn’t everything I am but it is a big part of me