Jo and I went to see Snow Patrol last night at the Royal Albert Hall in London. We had a box seat on the 2nd tier, which had an awesome view of the stage. The sound in the hall was breath taking. It certainly made the hairs on the back of my neck stand up. Normally concerts are very loud and the speakers almost pound you with sound, but that was not the case last night as the speakers in the hall are quite high up and one could hear every note clearly.

snow patrolSnow Patrol as a band were amazing and belted out loads of classic songs (Open your eyes, Chasing cars, If There’s a Rocket Tie Me to It, Crack the shutters, Set fire to the third bar etc), which had the crowd clapping and singing along. They did a few cover songs as well and performed “Ray of Light” a song Madonna did in the mid nineties. I preferred their version. They also sang “One day like this”, which has been made famous by Elbow. The violinists in the photo above are from Elbow.

Gary Lightbody, the lead singer is an incredibly talented young man and funny as hell. He was talking in-between songs and often ran into the crowd to hug fans. In fact at one point he promised to hug everyone in the crowd. He came across as very sincere in his thanks to the crowd. He was clearly moved by the ocassion and kept telling the crowd what an amazing venue it was?

He said something that was quite fitting, “15 years ago I would have only dreamt of standing here in this fine hall, let alone be playing to a crowd of people“, and it’s so true (well not the playing to a crowd part). 15 years ago Jo and I would have been in South Africa only dreaming of visiting the Royal Albert Hall. It is a very special place and we would recommend it to anyone who has never been. We saw Counting Crows here a few years back and that too was very special.

Certainly one of the best concerts we’ve seen.

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Mike

Mike is an android man, researcher of all things good and bad, likes all wheeled sports, loves gadgets, enjoys all music, into home automation, likes samsung, voted brexit, enjoys talk radio, has a brompton bike, is a hard worker, a passionate self-educator, crazy about drones, a gambler, blogger for over 15 years, enjoys gardening, microsoft over apple, investor in stocks and cryptocurrency, a homeowner, a futurist, married for life, has family all over the world, a cat man do, loves beer, travel & life.

6 Responses

  1. blank Carol says:

    Lovely write up – glad to hear concert went well, I’m off to see them this weekend in Ireland, can’t wait!

  2. blank Sam says:

    I posted about and linked to this, hope that’s OK?
    Sam / TheThirdBar.com

  3. blank Mike says:

    Hi Sam,

    Sure, no problem at all. Cool website, I had a look. Great band to follow. They are amazing live…

    Personally if I was running your site, I would put a small paragraph, a few lines to say you stumbled upon this Snow Patrol review over at Lookatbowen.com. Rather than just drop my post on your site. Just makes your site look that little bit more professional… If you know what i mean… other if not, never mind…

    Cheers,

    Mike

  4. blank Sam says:

    The reason why we ususally copy all text onto TTB is that that way, it is easier for our visitors to find what they are looking for. If, for example, they remember a great review and remembered that the Elbow orchestra was mentioned, they would easily find it with our search enigine.

    But I totally see your point, I linked to it now. Hope that is OK? Take care

    Sam

  5. blank Mike says:

    Hi Sam,

    Everything is cool. You know I have spent the past hour watch the Song Book Interviews. Brilliant seeing Gary talking frankly and play some classic songs on his guitar…

    Cheers,

    Mike

  6. blank Sam says:

    Glad you enjoy the site.
    Take care!

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