Following on from the release of their seventh studio album Wildness, their first in seven years, Snow Patrol have announced a massive eight-date UK and Ireland Arena tour this winter, kicking off at Newcastle’s Metro Radio Arena on 5th December, closing out at Glasgow’s SSE Hydro and stopping by London’s O2 Arena on 26th January.
To celebrate the release of Wildness, the group today release the Brett Simon-directed video for album track Soon. The song is particularly close to Gary Lightbody’s heart as it is about his father’s struggles with dementia, and Simon’s video is a really heart-wrenching snapshot of them spending time together at home, re-visiting days past, utilising Lightbody’s own private home videos.
Check out the video below:
“’Soon’ is about my dad,” says Lightbody. “Three years ago he was diagnosed with dementia. I wanted to write a song that connected us both and let him know I was with him and would be always. The video we made for this (directed by Brett Simon) is me and my dad sitting together watching old home movies. Filming it with him was one of the best days I ever spent with my dad and I’m so grateful he got to share in the day and spend some time in my world. It meant everything to me.”
Lead-singer and songwriter Gary Lightbody says 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.”
In addition to the massive winter shows, Snow Patrol will be playing a handful of tiny acoustic record store shows over the next couple of weeks to the lucky few!
In-store Acoustic Performances:
31 May @ 12pm – HMV Manchester Arndale Centre
31 May @ 5:30pm – HMV Belfast Donegal Arcade
7 Jun @ 9pm – Banquet Records, Kingston Hippodrome
9 Jun @ 12pm – Crash Records, Leeds Brudenell Social Club
10 Jun @ 12:30pm – Assai Records, Dundee – Church
Arena Tour Dates:
5 Dec – Metro Radio Arena Newcastle
7 Dec – The SSE Arena Belfast
11 Dec – 3Arena Dublin
25 Jan – Birmingham Arena
26 Jan – O2 Arena London
29 Jan – First Direct Arena Leeds
30 Jan – Manchester Arena
31 Jan – The SSE Hydro Glasgow