Snow Patrol come to the Heineken Green Energy Festival showcasing songs from their new album, Eyes Open alongside festival favourites from their hugely successful third album, Final Straw.
In 1994, Gary Lightbody met the guitarist, Mark McClelland while studying at Dundee University. They discovered that they liked the same bands and decided to form their own group, Polar Bear.
Jane Addiction's bassist, Eric Avery was using the same title and was threatening a lawsuit, so Lightbody and McClelland changed their name to the equally wintry, Snow Patrol. Snow Patrol signed to the hip Scottish label, Jeepster Records in 1998 and added drummer, John Quinn to the band's line-up.
Snow Patrol released their debut album, Songs for Polar Bears in 1998. The album had a raucous pop punk sound full of references to Snow Patrol's favourite bands, The Pixies, Dinosaur Jr, Soundgarden, My Bloody Valentine and Super Furry Animals.
Snow Patrol moved from Dundee to Glasgow and the band's second album, When It's All Over We Still Have To Clear Up was released in 2001. Snow Patrol were becoming a favourite of music critics and building up a cult audience around Britain. But the band's relationship with Jeepster started to fray and Jeepster and Snow Patrol soon parted company.
After recording with his side project, The Reindeer Section, Lightbody returned to Snow Patrol and began to demo songs for their next album, The Final Straw. Polydor signed the band to their label, Fiction and the band started to record their new album with producer, Garrett Lee and new guitarist, Nathan Connolly.
When The Final Straw was released, it received a wide range of critical acclaim for its swooping pop anthems and bittersweet indie ballads.
A night of indie rock anthems, Snow Patrol play the Heineken Green Energy Festival on the 29th of April.