Snow Patrol is scheduled to play in Bangor Coast next month to celebrate their chief Gary Lightbody being given county freedom.
ightbody, described as the city of Bangor’s most famous son, will be given the freedom of Ards and North Down at a ceremony on August 30.
To celebrate, he’ll be taking the band home for a one-off acoustic concert on Bangor Beach on August 31.
Lightbody grew up in Bangor, a Co Down town, which was recently given city status as part of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations.
He attended college in Dundee, where he founded the Snow Patrol.
The beachside performance will be part of the Open House Festival whose profits are geared towards the redevelopment of the old Bangor Court House into a non-profit music venue.
Lightbody thanks for the honor of the council.
“I was born and raised in Borough, and although I may have wandered for a few years, I have returned home to Bangor again,” he said.
“Johnny, Nathan and I are really looking forward to playing on the Bangor coast for the first time.
“It will be a great craic.
“This town, truly the newly minted city, has always been a part of me and always will be. Even so, I still mourn the dashing Paul’s on the beach. “
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Ards and North Down Mayor Karen Douglas nominated Lightbody for the title last October for his contributions as an internationally recognized musician, philanthropist and champion for the local charities.
“Gary Lightbody is an international name, but he is most loved and appreciated by the people of Bangor and the Greater Area and I am sure they will join me in congratulating him on receiving the award. this and grateful for all he has done for our local community,” she said.
“The Snow Patrol Acoustic Concert on the Bangor Coast to mark this auspicious occasion is sure to become one of the highlights in our city’s musical history and we are grateful to Gary and the rest of the cast. of the band for doing it during their extremely busy schedule. “
Kieran Gilmore, director of Open House, added: “It will be an honor to host our Snow Patrol acoustic on the beach and help Gary Lightbody mark this rare and special honor.”
This is the third time Regional Freedom has been extended since the creation of the Ards and North Down Regional Council in 2015, and the first time it has been granted to an individual.
It follows the awarding of Health and Social Care workers in 2018, and the Irish Guards in June this year.
Tickets for the show will go on sale at 10:00 a.m. Friday, July 8.
They cost £22.50, including booking and fees.
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