Well, Snow Patrol delivered the big anthems at Ward Park, and promised to bring it all home to Bangor every year or so. Apparently, you could hear the guitars all the way to Donaghadee, so I imagine some killjoys are already busy with the blotting paper and the Basildon Bond, demanding an end to this juvenile nonsense.
When the audience wasn’t shouting for Ash and Snow Patrol, the cheers were given over to the goal scoring power of David Healey. It reminds me of Dublin in the late ’80s, when U2 was rising, scores of other acts were getting ambitious and Jack Charlton was leading the soccer team to glory. When the synergy is flowing, you’ve got to savour the time.
I’ve written a gig review on the ATL website. My entire family was at Ward Park, and it was a tonic to see them all loving the event in different ways. No one even minded the traffic jam on the way home. There would be other chances to go chasing cars.
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