The first day of winter was certainly one to remember for lucky Meteor competition winners who were treated to an intimate Snow Patrol gig in The Button Factory, Dublin on Tuesday 2 November.

The acoustic gig was the first in a series of special Irish performances that are taking place in the run up to the Meteor Choice Music Prize event next March. 

A D.J. set from the Snow Patrol’s keyboard player, Tom Simpson, kicked off the evening and pumped up the crowd for the band’s performance.  This was followed by the much anticipated show from Gary Lightbody, Nathan Connolly and Johnny McDaid. 

The band performed old favourites such as Run, Crack the Shutters and Just Say Yes, along with a stunning version of Set the Fire to the Third Bar with backing vocals from Maria Doyle Kennedy.  Snow Patrol also wowed the crowd with a superb deliverance of their new song, Called out in the Dark, taken from their forthcoming album Fallen Empires.  Lead singer, Gary Lightbody, maintained his friendly interaction with the crowd throughout the gig, not once allowing the smile to fade from his face.   

An onstage interview with Stuart Clark from Hot Press was an added bonus that strengthened the intimacy of the gig.  However, Clark sparked anger among many fans by labelling the new album as “not bad at all” while in the company of the band.  

Regardless of this and the odd disruption from the crowd, the band members retained their respectable attitude and positive spirit.  The lads responded honestly to their fans questions and reminisced on their early gigs which, they admitted, had failed to sell out.  These rough beginnings are now a fond memory for Snow Patrol, a band whose achievements and determination are an inspiration for many budding Irish musicians.  Of course, their road to success was a difficult and tiresome battle and Gary insisted that the only way to make it is to “keep writing, keep working and keep performing.”

Overall, the gig was a small, yet very special and emotional experience for all.  Snow Patrol delivered a beautiful and engaging performance, enthralling the crowd from beginning to end. 

The band will release their sixth studio album, Fallen Empires, on November 14th.  The release is prior to their concert in the O2 in January which, if Tuesday’s performance is anything to go by, is set to be an unforgettable night.