Snow Patrol

Boulevard Pool at The Cosmopolitan, May 12

In romantic-comedy screenwriting, it’s called the “race to the airport” scene. Guy loses girl, realizes he must win her back, but she’s leaving town so he races to the airport, catches her just in time and they live happily ever after. All the while, a sweet, sappy, tear-jerking powerhouse of a song is playing in the background.

Snow Patrol has the perfect song for the “race to the airport” scene. It’s called … every song they’ve ever written. The Brit rockers—originally formed in Scotland, currently of Ireland—are masters of emotional manipulation. They combine swooping romantic epics with tunes that are just rocking enough to appeal to a broad audience. It’s a brilliant formula. One that on Saturday night was undermined by a too-low sound and a stage that singer Gary Lightbody said was too high to connect with the audience. He fixed the second problem by walking into the crowd. And by the time the band performed monster hits “Run” and “Chasing Cars” in the middle of the main set (one should have been held for the encore), it was tough not to find yourself racing to whatever airport was in your mind. ★★★☆☆

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COLDPARTY: I’ve heard the Irish band Snow Patrol described a bunch of ways (often as “that one band that kinda sounds like Coldplay”), but I’ve never heard them called a “party” band. Until now. “Every concert should be as joyous,” enthused National Post reviewer Maryam Siddiqi of the band’s April 17 show in Toronto. Siddiqi praised Snow Patrol for encouraging audience participation, playing faithful renditions of their hits and even embarrassing an audience member who looked pissed.



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