Scotland’s Snow Patrol will be touring all over the US and Canada over the next few months on their own headline tour and with U2. Full details and ticket information below. Already this summer the band have stepped up to replace Oasis as headliners at the V Festival and they played a storming set at T in the Park (see below).

Dundee’s Gary Lightbody recently wrote about being on the road with U2 and what music he has been  listening to. Tour dates and ticket information below.

Go K**T Yourself

By Gary Lightbody


So I had my very best idiot trousers on in Germany at the Street Gig we did at a Go Kart track in Dettenheim. I did say beforehand that I shouldn’t go on them as firstly I shouldn’t be in charge of anything that can go over 20 miles an hour and secondly I am the most accident prone idiot in the western world. Did I heed my own advice? Did I fuck! So on I went and crash after crash later; finishing on a particularly nasty one that put took me to hospital where I discovered I have a broken rib. Sweet. Of course there’s piss all that can be done to fix it and you just have to ride it out but let’s just say I’ve had to drink myself to sleep every night as sober sleep is way too sore. Don’t try that at home people! To the people (and there have been a few lovely souls) that have given me care packages at the gigs thank you very much. You’re very sweet. It’s helped. But not as much as the drink.x

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So we’re back on the road with U2 once more and it is a thing of wonder alright. Sweden last few days and now in Germany once more. Then, very excitedly, on to Poland and Croatia two places we have never been. Love getting to knew places.

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Other things that are getting me excited this week are J Tillman’s soon to be released eighth album Year in the Kingdom. The drummer of the incredible Fleet Foxes by day Tillman has somehow found the time to make eight beautiful and tender albums since 2005. That’s two a year in amongst all the touring and recording Fleet Foxes have been in engaged in. Now that is a work ethic. I long to be able to multitask as efficiently as he appears to. I’ve been kicking about two side projects (Listen…Tanks! and Tired Pony) for the bones of two years with limited end product. As far as those go by the way I’m fed up giving you estimated release dates for these and then the goal posts being moved time and again. They both will be out when they’re out and they will be out sometime.

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More good stuff by the very fabf##kingtabulous Kissaway Trail. Heard some of their record, which will be out soonish and is stunning. Am sure there’s a place you can check it out but don’t forget to buy it when it comes out. Be kind. I’ve got a few previews but I buy it when it comes out in case y’all think I just get shit for free all the time. I do not.

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Also the song Jim Cain from Bill Callahan’s (he of the glorious Smog) new one Sometimes I Wish I Were An Eagle is a song you need in your life. Oh the guitars, the drums, his voice, the strings. Fuck me it’s very special indeed.

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Anyway, peace, love and penguins to the lot of ye. Be well and for the love of god don’t spend your whole time on these fucking machines! Get outside, that’s where it all is. g.x

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