This morning, Snow Patrol reveals that they will support Ed Sheeran on 24 North American stadium dates, which will kick off at Pasadena’s Rose Bowl on Saturday, August 18th. The tour will stop in cities including Seattle, Atlanta, Chicago, and Dallas (full dates below), and tickets for all dates are on sale now and available below.
Yesterday, Snow Patrol released ‘Wildness’, their first album in seven years, which finds the band searching for clarity, connection, and meaning while staying true to the melodic songwriting prowess that brought them to prominence. Wildness taps into something raw and primitive.
Lead-singer and songwriter Gary Lightbody said of the album:
“There are many types of wildness, but I think it can be distilled into two: the wildness of the modern age, all its confusion, illogic and alienation and a more ancient wildness. Something primal, alive and beautiful that speaks to our true connectivity, our passion, our love, our communion with nature and each other. This is the kind of wildness the album is centered around. The loss of it. Trying to reconnect with it. To remember it.”
To celebrate the release of Wildness, Snow Patrol debut new music videos for “A Youth Written In Fire,” “Life and Death,” “Wild Horses,” and “A Dark Switch.” The band has previously released music videos for “Empress” “What If This Is All The Love You Ever Get?,” “Life On Earth,” and “Don’t Give In”.
Snow Patrol recently returned to “Later… With Jools Holland” where they debuted a live rendition of “Empress,” along with performances of “Life On Earth,” “Heal Me,” and “Chasing Cars.” Snow Patrol also appeared as musical guests on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert on April 19th and The Late Late Show With James Corden on April 24th and performed “Don’t Give In,” the first single from Wildness.
Snow Patrol have launched a Spotify playlister website where fans around the world can create their own playlist of Snow Patrol songs throughout the band’s catalog and share these playlists with a friend. When sharing the playlist, the fan marks his/her location as well as the recipient’s location on a global map. Check it out and create your own playlist HERE.
Since their 1998 debut, Songs for Polarbears, Snow Patrol have racked up an impressive number of critical and commercial accolades, including 15 million global album sales, 1+ billion global track streams, five UK Platinum Albums, and are Grammy, BRIT Award and Mercury Music Prize nominated. After their Fallen Empires tour ended in 2012, band members —which also include multi-instrumentalist Johnny McDaid, guitarist Nathan Connolly, bassist Paul Wilson, and drummer Jonny Quinn — decided to take a step back from the band, and focus on their own projects.
thank you so much everyone that came to see us at @EPfestival! you were an unbelievable crowd. what an extraordinary way to finish the summer and our last scheduled show of this year. thank you all so much! much love SP.x pic.twitter.com/A2E9u3pX7O
About 3 months ago from Snow Patrol's Twitter via Twitter for iPhone
totally bizarre to me looking out and seeing the McKee Clock and Bangor seafront and the pier i fished of (and jumped off to swim) so many times as a boy. memories flooded back all night and it was really magical. thank you all for coming and for making it so special. SP.x pic.twitter.com/f0SAuhgNuH
About 3 months ago from Snow Patrol's Twitter via Twitter Web App
well Bangor, goodness me! thank you all so much for giving us yet another fantastic night here and a wonderful welcome in Bangor once again. that’s 3 ward parks and now one Bangor Marina. pic.twitter.com/vrrlHvtuCn
Thank you so much @LokerseFeesten for a warm welcome. Our final Belgian show this year and a great way to finish. Thanks so much to everyone in Belgium for your kindness and your hospitality. We’ve had a amazing time. Loads of love. SP.x pic.twitter.com/J1xgvgYtlR
About 4 months ago from Snow Patrol's Twitter via Twitter for iPhone
thank you Dusseldorf so much for giving us such an amazing night at our acoustic show in the Tonhalle last night. the atmosphere was incredible. right from the start the audience was electric. thank for it all. we had a ball. much love. SP.x pic.twitter.com/0oI7FQmTdj
Gary Lightbody continued his work with his Tired Pony side project with members of Belle and Sebastian, R.E.M, Reindeer Section and Fresh Young Fellows and moved to Los Angeles to begin writing songs for movies (including “This Is How You Walk On” for 2017’s Gifted), and doing a number of high-profile co-writes with Ed Sheeran, Taylor Swift, Biffy Clyro, and One Direction. Taking this extended break from Snow Patrol proved to be a source of inspiration, and writing songs that were not pulled directly from his own psyche helped heal what Lightbody considered to be not so much writer’s block as life block.