18 Facts About Snow Patrol


Snow Patrol are a Northern Irish–Scottish rock band formed in 1994 in Dundee, Scotland.

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In 2008, Snow Patrol released their fifth studio album, A Hundred Million Suns; then, in 2009, they released their first compilation album, Up to Now; and, in 2011, their sixth studio album, Fallen Empires, was published.

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Snow Patrol were originally formed in early 1994 by University of Dundee students Gary Lightbody, Mark McClelland, and Michael Morrison under the name Shrug.

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In 1999, Snow Patrol won the "Phil Lynott Award for Best New Band" by Irish music magazine Hot Press.

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Snow Patrol has said that he loved the band "with every atom in his body" and was never angry towards them.

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In 2002, Snow Patrol began to be managed and published by Jazz Summers of Big Life.

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That summer saw Snow Patrol playing a short set in London at the worldwide benefit concert Live 8.

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Snow Patrol completed the recording of Eyes Open in December 2005, with Jacknife Lee returning for production.

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Snow Patrol next visited South Africa to play a few dates at the Coca-Cola Zero Festival, supporting Oasis, before beginning a European leg of the tour.

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Snow Patrol expressed wishes to make a tour documentary in the future, along the lines of U2's Rattle and Hum.

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In 2009, Snow Patrol stated they would enter their "next phase" with the release of their sixth album.

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Snow Patrol released the single "Called Out in the Dark" for radio airplay on 21 July 2011 on BBC Radio 1 on Zane Lowe's radio show.

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Snow Patrol headlined the Tennent's Vital festival in August 2013 and performed a special warm-up show in London before the festival.

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In 2009, Snow Patrol curated the 22nd album in the Late Night Tales series of mix albums.

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On 30 July 2006, Snow Patrol appeared on the finale of the long-running BBC music show Top of the Pops, performing "Chasing Cars".

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Snow Patrol founded Polar Music, a publishing company run through Kobalt Music.

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Snow Patrol's first signing was Johnny McDaid, previously of the Northern Irish band Vega4.

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On 25 November 2007, Snow Patrol performed an acoustic session for the charity Mencap at Union Chapel, Islington.

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