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Snow Patrol plan biggest tour yet

By Georgie Rogers
6 Music News reporter

Snow Patrol's Gary Lightbody
Snow Patrol released their latest album in the UK on Monday

Snow Patrol frontman Gary Lightbody has said he is "nervous" about how their new material will be received by fans on their largest tour to date.

The band will play a 13-show arena tour in February, visiting such cities as Liverpool, Belfast, London and Dublin.

The Taking Back The Cities Arena Tour will let fans hear songs from their fifth album, A Hundred Million Suns.

"I'm excited," Lightbody said. "Nervous to find out how they take to them and how they respond in the live setting."

He told BBC 6 Music: "But I think they'll stand up against the rest of the songs."

It's very new and very pristine so it needs to make its own history as fast as possible
Gary Lightbody on the O2

He added: "It's places we've played before and some places we've played rarely, so it should be great. Bournemouth, we haven't played too many times, Sheffield we're going back to.

"Cardiff and Nottingham, we haven't played very much. And there's Belfast, Dublin and London as well."

Snow Patrol played at the O2 last year and the singer said he is looking forward to going back to the perform at the vast London venue.

"It's very new and very pristine so it needs to make its own history as fast as possible," he said.

Snow Patrol's Gary Lightbody
Snow Patrol formed in 1997 and released their debut album in 1998

"Having Led Zeppelin there didn't hurt at all. That's a historic gig right there, so it'll add character to the place, and it's an incredible sound system. It'll be great."

As for the album, the Irish songwriter explained: "I guess as the album title might suggest, we set our sights pretty high.

"I think it's a celebratory record rather than an insular one, as all the other records have been.

"Whether it's because it's so fresh and new to me, but the first song that springs to mind is The Golden Floor, which I think is the one I'm most proud of."

Tickets for the tour go on sale at 0900 GMT on 7 November.

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