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Last Updated: Monday, 8 May 2006, 15:18 GMT 16:18 UK
Snow Patrol scale UK album chart
Snow Patrol
Snow Patrol formed while they were studying at university
Northern Ireland rock band Snow Patrol have topped the UK album charts with their new release Eyes Open.

It is the group's fourth album and comes after the success of the breakthrough album Final Straw.

Eyes Open is the indie band's first number one album since forming more than a decade ago.

As well as topping the Official UK Charts Company list, Snow Patrol also climbed to number seven in the singles chart with You're All I Have.

In an exclusive TV interview with the BBC, the band said they had recorded the album in Ireland to "get away from all the distractions of the city".

"We had never made an album outside of Glasgow or London - so the pressure was completely removed whenever we went to the countryside to make it," said lead singer Gary Lightbody.

"We felt we were in our own little world - with horses and cattle running around and getting home-cooked meals every night from the family who owned the studio.

The band spoke exclusively to the BBC
The band spoke exclusively to the BBC ahead of a Belfast gig

"It's great that the album is selling in different places - we get to go to Australia and Japan."

They said success in America was hard to attain and that it was "a hard place to crack".

Snow Patrol have been announced as the headline act for a show in front of 20,000 music fans in Edinburgh.

The band were the first act to be unveiled to play this summer's T on the Fringe festival.

The group will perform their biggest-ever headline show on 25 August at Meadowbank stadium.

Snow Patrol will also be headlining Get Loaded in the Park in Cardiff on 26 August.

Last year, Snow Patrol said they had "no other course of action" but to ask their co-founder and bassist to leave the band.

Mark McClelland had been in the band for more than 10 years since its formation at Dundee University.

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