Final Straw Tour

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
Final Straw Tour
Poster advertising Snow Patrol's first ever Australian shows of 27–28 July 2004
Tour by Snow Patrol
Associated album Final Straw
Start date 10 August 2003
End date 23 July 2005
Legs 13
Shows 223 (14 cancelled)
Snow Patrol concert chronology
Final Straw Tour
Eyes Open Tour

The Final Straw Tour was a concert tour by Northern Irish alternative rock band Snow Patrol. It was launched in support of the group's 2003 album Final Straw. The band visited numerous venues internationally from 2003 through 2005. The tour is the collective name of many smaller tours and festivals Snow Patrol has played in support of their album. The tour commenced on 13 July 2003, spanned 13 legs and saw the band play over 200 shows, visiting four continents in the process.

The band toured as both, a headlining and a support act, supporting bands like U2, Pixies, Athlete and Grandaddy during the tour. The Australian mini-tour of July 2004 marked the first time the band played in the country. Before the final leg of the tour, bassist Mark McClelland left the band. Replacement Paul Wilson, formerly of Terra Diablo, and then-touring keyboardist Tom Simpson subsequently made their live debuts as permanent members of the band. Snow Patrol's only DVD, Live at Somerset House was released from this tour.

The last leg of the tour saw the band support U2 on the Vertigo Tour. Snow Patrol chose to end the touring, which had spanned almost two years, after the U2 dates in a bar owned by actor Eddie Murphy. The full tour spanned 223 dates and had 14 cancellations.


For the UK Tour in January 2004, where the band supported Athlete, tickets for the Nottingham and London dates sold out early. Tickets for the Preston, Glasgow and Cambridge shows could be obtained from Wayahead (now called See Tickets). Tickets for the Nottingham and York shows could be purchased from Gigsandtours and those for the show at Reading University had to be obtained in person (at the University) or online through Wegottickets.[1]

For the UK Tour in March 2004, where the band was supported throughout by Terra Diablo and Astrid, tickers for all dates except Sheffield, Stoke and Norwich were available through phone or online at Wayahead and the tickets for the Sheffield show through phone or online at Ticketweb.[2] Tickets for the shows at Stoke and Norwich could only be obtained through phone.[3] Additional dates for Leeds, Liverpool and Dublin were later added. Tickets for the Leeds and Liverpool shows could be obtained through phone or Wayahead. Tickets for the Dublin date were available through phone or Ticketweb.[4]

Snow Patrol did a short tour of the United States to promote Final Straw. Tickets for each show could be obtained only through the venue website, or phone.[5] Snow Patrol appeared on the "Carling Live New Kings of Rock 'n' Roll" series, where they supported Jet. Tickets for this show were not available for sale to the general public, they could only be won from Carlinglive.[6] The band played a lone date supporting the Pixies in the Netherlands. Tickets for this date could be obtained from the Dutch Ticketmaster website.[7] The band played two sideshows when they visited Australia to play at Splendour at the Grass. Tickets for the shows were available from Frontiertouring.[8]

Tickets for the charity event Soccer Six were available through Xfm, or by phone, through the Soccer Six Ticket Hotline or the Reading Ticket Hotline.[9] Tickets for Live 8 were free. To give away the tickets, a lottery was organized through SMS on 6 June. Tickets were only available to people who won the text lottery, which took place on 6 June.[10] Snow Patrol played a one-off show at the Boule Noir in March. Tickets for the show were available from Ticketnet. Tickets for the Isle of Wight Festival could be purchased from Ticketmaster, or the official website for the festival. Tickets for T in the Park could be obtained through the official website also. For the V Festival went on general sale on 20 March 9am and could be purchased through the official website or Gigsandtours.[11] Again, the Oxegen Festival tickets were available through the official website.[12] For Splendour in the Grass, tickets went on sale on 7 May.[13] Tickets for the Arran Special Easter Gigs sold out quickly. No additional tickets were made available.[14] When the gigs were re-scheduled to a single show in Glasgow, fans were offered a refund.[15]

Tickets for the one-off year rounding show at the RDS Main Hall went on sale on 2 October 2004 at 9am. They were priced at €34.50 each.[16] The Hogmanay Party required passes to get in. They went on sale on 13 November 2004, 10 am and were priced at £2.50 each and were limited to a maximum of four per household. They can be bought by credit and debit card via a hotline, from Ticketmaster centres, or Virgin Mega stores in Argyle Street and Buchanan Street. Online, they could be purchased from Ticketmaster.[17] Later, Snow Patrol's official website notified fans about a limited number of remaining tickets, which could be purchased from Ticketweb.[18] Tickets for the show at the Killarney Festival were available from Ticketmaster, and were priced between €44.50 and €49.50.[19] Tickets for the Isle of Wight Festival went on sale from the official website and were priced at £35 (Day ticket) and £90 (Weekend pass).[20] They could also be ordered through phone on the NME Ticketline.[21]

For the tour of the US and Canada in April–May 2004, tickets for selected venues were available from the venue website. Tickets could also be obtained through various services like Ticketmaster, Tickets, Ticketweb, Ticketswest and Nextticketing.[22] The band returned to the United States in September–October 2004. This time, the band's website offered fans the opportunity of a pre-sale before tickets went for general sale.[23] During the tour, the band sold out the concert at the Gypsy Tea Room of capacity 897, making it the first time a show at the venue was sold out in six months.[24]

Snow Patrol ended 2004 with a tour of UK & Ireland. Fans were again given the opportunity of a pre-sale. General sale tickets could then be purchased from Seetickets. Extra dates were later added to the tour, and tickets for the new shows went for sale after the first show in each city sold out.[25] After all dates were sold out, an extra date was added to the Dublin gig. To give away tickets for this show, Snow Patrol's official website offered a pre-sale on 12 August, with tickets going on general sale two days after from Ticketmaster. The tickets were priced at €26.50 each.[26] As there was still huge demand for tickets, the band added a third date at the Ulster Hall/ Tickets for this show went for pre-sale on 27 August 9:30am, with the pre-sale password being placed on the forum half an hour before the pre-sale. General sale began a day after from Ticketmaster. Tickets were priced at £16.50 (standing) and £17.50 (seated).[27]

UK Tour (Leg I)[edit]

Snow Patrol began touring for Final Straw by doing a 15 date tour of the UK.[28] The first single taken from the album, "Spitting Games" was released during the tour.[29] The band played at the T on the Fringe Festival during the tour.[28] Terra Diablo acted as support act on all dates.[30]

Tour dates
Date City Country Venue
Support act: Terra Diablo
10 August 2003 Peterborough England The Met Lounge
11 August 2003 Derby Victoria Inn
12 August 2003 Cambridge Boat Race
13 August 2003 Northampton The Soundhaus
15 August 2003 Rugeley Rose Theatre
16 August 2003 Bristol The Louisiana
18 August 2003 Cardiff Barfly Club
19 August 2003 Wolverhampton The Little Civic @ Wolverhampton Civic Hall
20 August 2003 Middlesbrough The Cornerhouse
23 August 2003 Dundee Scotland The Reading Rooms
24 August 2003 Aberdeen Lava (Now Kef)[31]
26 August 2003 York England Fibbers
27 August 2003 Ashton-under-Lyne The Witchwood
28 August 2003 Whitehaven Civic Hall

Irish Tour[edit]

Snow Patrol next toured Ireland in the end of September.[32] They supported Travis on the last date on the tour.[33]

Tour dates
Date City Country Venue
30 September 2003 Sligo Ireland McGarrigles
1 October 2003 Galway Warwick Club
2 October 2003 Limerick Dolans Pub
3 October 2003 Cork The Old Oak
4 October 2003 Waterford The Kings
5 October 2003 Dublin Whelan's Pub
7 October 2003 Dundalk The Spirit Store
8 October 2003 Belfast Northern Ireland Empire Music Hall
9 October 2003 Derry Nerve Center
Headlining act: Travis
13 October 2003 Belfast Northern Ireland Ulster Hall

Grandaddy Tour[edit]

The band toured as a support act for Grandaddy over two legs. They played the headlining Spitting Games Tour after the first, where they headlined all the dates. The second leg of Grandaddy Tour began after the Spitting Games Tour ended.[34]

Tour dates
Date City Country Venue[35]
Leg I
7 November 2003 Glasgow Scotland Glasgow Academy
8 November 2003 Manchester England Manchester Academy
10 November 2003 Leeds Leeds Metropolitan University
11 November 2003 Wolverhampton Wulfrun Hall
12 November 2003 Newcastle Newcastle University
Leg II
7 December 2003 Brighton England Corn Exchange
8 December 2003 Norwich The Waterfront
9 December 2003 Portsmouth The Pyramids
10 December 2003 London Brixton Academy

Spitting Games Tour[edit]

Snow Patrol undertook a headlining tour, dubbed the Spitting Games Tour after supporting Grandaddy for a few dates on their UK Tour. After finishing the tour, the band supported them again for a few dates.[34]

Tour dates
Date City Country Venue
21 November 2003 Scarborough England The Kasbah
22 November 2003 Sunderland Bar 36
24 November 2003 Derby Victoria Inn
25 November 2003 Sheffield Fez Club
26 November 2003 Stratford-upon-Avon Cox's Yard
28 November 2003 Blackwood Wales Miner's Institute
29 November 2003 Milford Haven The Imperial
30 November 2003 Swansea Swansea University
1 December 2003 Bournemouth England The Villa
2 December 2003 Exeter Cavern Club
3 December 2003 Reading Fez Club
4 December 2003 High Wycombe The White Horse
6 December 2003 Aldershot West End Centre

UK Tour (Leg II)[edit]

Snow Patrol supported Athlete on their UK Tour to kick off touring for the year 2004.[1]

Tour dates
Date City Country Venue
Headlining act: Athlete
23 January 2004 Reading England Reading University
25 January 2004 Cambridge Cambridge Corn Exchange
26 January 2004 York Barbican Centre
28 January 2004 Nottingham Rock City
29 January 2004 Glasgow Scotland Carling Academy
30 January 2004 Preston England Guildhall & Carter Theatre
31 January 2004 London Brixton Academy

North American Tour (Leg I)[edit]

Ahead of Final Straw seeing an official release in the United States, Snow Patrol did a short tour in February 2004 and played a select few shows to promote the album. This marked the first time the band had toured the United States.[36] The ended up touring the US and Canada four times during the Final Straw Tour.[5]

Tour dates
Date City Country Venue
Short tour to promote Final Straw
16 February 2004 Cambridge, Massachusetts United States T.T. the Bears
17 February 2004 New York City, New York Mercury Lounge
19 February 2004 San Francisco, California 330 Ritch
20 February 2004 West Hollywood, California The Troubadour
23 February 2004 Silver Lake, California Spaceland

UK Tour (Leg III)[edit]

Snow Patrol undertook another UK Tour in March as a headlining act, with Terra Diablo and Astrid acting as support on all dates.[2] The last show at the Shepherds Bush Empire was a part of BBC 6 Music's Live at Two programme.[37] "How to Be Dead" made its live debut on 14 April as a fan request. However, the performance went wrong, as vocalist Gary Lightbody forgot lyrics and the band played the wrong chords.[38]

Tour dates
Date City Country Venue
Support acts: Terra Diablo & Astrid
2 March 2004 Newcastle England Newcastle University
3 March 2004 Liverpool Carling Academy
4 March 2004 Birmingham Carling Academy
5 March 2004 Stoke-on-Trent The Sugarmill
6 March 2004 Sheffield The Leadmill
8 March 2004 Manchester Manchester Academy
9 March 2004 Leeds Blank Canvas
10 March 2004 Leicester The Princess Charlotte
11 March 2004 Norwich UEA
13 March 2004 Oxford Brookes University
14 March 2004 Portsmouth Portsmouth Pyramids Centre
15 March 2004 Bristol Bristol Academy
16 March 2004 London Electric Ballroom
26 March 2004 Belfast Northern Ireland Mandela Hall
27 March 2004 Dublin Ireland Ambassador Theatre
29 March 2004 London England Shepherds Bush Empire

North American Tour (Leg II)[edit]

Following the release of the album in the United States, the band toured the United States a second time, playing a further eighteen dates in April–May. They also played two shows in Canada. Carina Round supported the band on all dates.[22] When in Seattle, the band played an intimate set for radio station KEXP, where they covered Low's "2-Step".[39]

Tour dates
Date City Country Venue
Support act: Carina Round
15 April 2004 Atlanta, Georgia United States Cotton Club
17 April 2004 Washington, D.C. 9:30 Club
18 April 2004 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania North Star Bar
19 April 2004 New York City, New York Bowery Ballroom
20 April 2004 Boston, Massachusetts Paradise Rock Club
22 April 2004 Toronto, Ontario Canada Lee's Palace
24 April 2004 Detroit, Michigan United States The Shelter
25 April 2004 Chicago, Illinois The Empty Bottle
26 April 2004 Minneapolis, Minnesota Ascot Room
1 May 2004 Vancouver, British Columbia Canada Richard's on Richards
2 May 2004 Seattle, Washington United States KEXP Studio
2 May 2004 The Crocodile
3 May 2004 Portland, Oregon Berbati's Pan
5 May 2004 San Francisco, California Slim's
6 May 2004 Los Angeles, California The Troubadour
7 May 2004
8 May 2004 San Diego, California The Epicentre

European Tour[edit]

Snow Patrol undertook a small tour of Europe in May. After finishing this tour, the band appeared at various rock festivals held throughout the world.[40] The show in Amsterdam was cancelled, and re-scheduled to 21 January, at a nearby venue.

Tour dates
Date City Country Venue
26 May 2004 Amsterdam Netherlands The Melkweg (CANCELLED)
28 May 2004 Cologne Germany Underground
29 May 2004 Frankfurt Cafe Nachtleban
30 May 2004 Berlin Knaack club
31 May 2004 Munich Atomic Café
3 June 2004 Madrid Spain Moby Dick Club

North American Tour (Leg III)[edit]

Snow Patrol returned to the United States in September, this time doing a bigger tour and playing lot more dates. During the tour, they played at the Voodoo Experience Festival. Eisley toured with the band as a support act on all dates.[41] One day before starting the tour, on 2 September, the band appeared on Late Show with David Letterman as musical guests.[42] The first two dates of the tour had to be cancelled because of Hurricane Frances.[43] The show in Sacramento, California was cancelled to give the band time to prepare for an appearance on The Late Late Show (CBS) on 5 October.

Tour dates
Date City Country Venue[23]
Support act: Eisley
3 September 2004 Fort Lauderdale, Florida United States Culture Room (CANCELLED)
4 September 2004 St. Petersburg, Florida State Theatre (CANCELLED)
7 September 2004 Atlanta, Georgia United States Cotton Club
8 September 2004 Norfolk, Virginia The NorVA
10 September 2004 Washington, D.C. 9:30 Club
11 September 2004 Providence, Rhode Island The Call
13 September 2004 Boston, Massachusetts Paradise Rock Club
14 September 2004 New York City, New York Irving Plaza
17 September 2004 Toronto, Ontario Canada The Opera House
18 September 2004 Detroit, Michigan United States St. Andrews Hall
19 September 2004 Columbus, Ohio Newport Music Hall
20 September 2004 Chicago, Illinois Metro
22 September 2004 Minneapolis, Minnesota Fine Line Music Cafe
23 September 2004 Lawrence, Kansas The Bottleneck
24 September 2004 Denver, Colorado Bluebird Theater
28 September 2004 Vancouver, British Columbia Canada Richard's on Richards Cabaret
29 September 2004 Seattle, Washington United States The Showbox
30 September 2004 Portland, Oregon Aladdin Theater
2 October 2004 San Francisco, California The Fillmore
3 October 2004 Sacramento, California Harlow Night Club (CANCELLED)
5 October 2004 Los Angeles, California Avalon
6 October 2004 San Diego, California Canes Bar & Grill
8 October 2004 Tempe, Arizona Marquee Theatre
9 October 2004 Tucson, Arizona Plush
11 October 2004 Austin, Texas La Zona Rosa
12 October 2004 Houston, Texas Meridian
13 October 2004 Dallas, Texas The Gypsy Tea Room
16 October 2004 Birmingham, Alabama Zydeco

How to Be Dead Tour[edit]

Snow Patrol did a year finishing tour on home soil to end 2004. The shows sold out quickly. Due to demand, an additional date was later added, and the tour then began on the 22nd, instead of the 25th.[27] Support acts were announced.[44] Later, the "French Kicks" had to pull out, and "Laeto" were announced as their replacement for the remaining shows.[45] This leg of the tour was dubbed the "How to Be Dead Tour".[46]

Tour dates
Date City Country Venue[25][26] Support act(s)
22 November 2004 Belfast Northern Ireland Ulster Hall The Zutons & Rilo Kiley
23 November 2004 The Zutons
24 November 2004 Dublin Ireland Olympia Theatre The Zutons & Rilo Kiley
25 November 2004 The Zutons & Rilo Kiley
27 November 2004 Birmingham England Birmingham Academy Rilo Kiley
28 November 2004 French Kicks & Rilo Kiley
29 November 2004 Brixton Brixton Academy The Secret Machines & Rilo Kiley
30 November 2004
15 December 2004 Southampton Guildhall Morning Runner & The Ghears
16 December 2004 Manchester Apollo Seafood & Laeto
17 December 2004 Delays & Laeto
19 December 2004 Glasgow Scotland The Barrowlands Delays & Laeto
20 December 2004 Delays & Laeto
21 December 2004 Eugene Kelly & Laeto
22 December 2004 Belfast Northern Ireland Ulster Hall Eugene Kelly & Iain Archer
23 December 2004 Iain Archer & The Ghears

North American Tour (Leg IV)[edit]

Snow Patrol at the Roseland Ballroom on 20 May 2005.

Snow Patrol toured the United States and Canada again in spring 2005. Embrace and Athlete were the support acts for the first and second half of the tour respectively.[47] The tour included two intimate in-store performances; at Sam Goody[48] and at Park Ave. record store. The latter was subsequently released as an EP Live and Acoustic at Park Ave..[49] They also did an intimate acoustic set for KFOG, performing "Wow", "Spitting Games", "Batten Down the Hatch" and "Chocolate".[50] The rendition of "Chocolate" was later included on the KFOG Live from the Archives Vol. 15 compilation.[51]

Tour dates
Date City Country Venue[52]
Support acts: Embrace & Athlete
23 April 2005 Spring, Texas United States Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
24 April 2005 Austin, Texas Cynthia Stubbs’s Bar-B-Q
25 April 2005 Dallas, Texas Gypsy Tea Room
26 April 2005 Tulsa, Oklahoma Cain's Ballroom
2 May 2005 San Francisco, California KFOG PlaySpace[53]
2 May 2005 Warfield Theater
3 May 2005 Portland, Oregon Crystal Ballroom
4 May 2005 Seattle, Washington Moore Theatre
6 May 2005 Vancouver, British Columbia Canada Vogue Theatre
8 May 2005 Calgary, Alberta MacEwan Hall Ballroom
10 May 2005 Minneapolis, Minnesota United States The Quest
11 May 2005 Sam Goody (In-store)
12 May 2005 Chicago, Illinois The Vic Theatre
18 May 2005 Toronto, Ontario Canada Kool Haus
19 May 2005 Montreal, Quebec Cabaret La Tulipe
20 May 2005 New York City, New York United States Roseland Ballroom
23 May 2005 Norfolk, Virginia The NorVA
24 May 2005 Washington, D.C. 9:30 Club
26 May 2005 Atlanta, Georgia Roxy Theatre
27 May 2005 Winter Park, Florida Park Ave. CDs (In-store)
27 May 2005 Lake Buena Vista, Florida House of Blues
28 May 2005 Fort Lauderdale, Florida Culture Room
29 May 2005 St. Petersburg, Florida State Theatre
31 May 2005 New Orleans, Louisiana House of Blues

One-off shows[edit]

On 2 November, Snow Patrol played one show supporting Biffy Clyro on their Gonzo tour. A few days later, they played a show in the Liquid Rooms, Edinburgh to celebrate the MTV EMA's coming to Edinburgh. The band played a show for the Carling Live supporting Jet.[54] The show showcased twelve bands that had made their presence felt during 2003.[6] The band returned to the venue for an exclusive session for Xfm a couple of months later.[55] The band returned the Liquid Rooms in December to play a special "Christmas Boardies show". The show was held as a "thank you" to the fans who had helped the band on tour as their street team.[56] The band played a small show in Paris at "La Boule Noire", a small concert hall of a capacity of 300.[11] Snow Patrol played a one-off show at the RDS Main Hall to "round a year to remember".[16] They ended 2004 by playing at the Hogmanay Party, held annually on 31 December.[17] The band did a one-off show in Amsterdam which was the original show at "The Melkweg", which got re-scheduled. This show became their first in 2005. It was also made available as a free webcast.[57]

Tour dates
Date City Country Venue[34]
2 November 2003 Glasgow Scotland The Barfly
5 November 2003 Edinburgh MTV EMA 2003 @ The Liquid Rooms
21 December 2003 Christmas Boardies show @ The Liquid Rooms
11 February 2004 London England NME Brat Awards @ The Astoria
26 February 2004 Islington Carling Live New Kings of Rock and Roll @ Carling Academy
2 April 2004 O2 Academy Islington
30 March 2004 Paris France La Boule Noire
29 December 2004 Dublin Ireland RDS Main Hall
31 December 2004 Glasgow Scotland Hogmanay Party @ George Square
21 January 2005 Amsterdam Netherlands The Paradiso

Special Easter gigs[edit]

Snow Patrol were to play two special Easter gigs at the Brodick Town Hall and Whiting Bay Hall, Isle of Arran in April. They were the headlining act, with Terra Diablo and Weevil acting as support. The shows were sold out, but the shows were cancelled. Lamlash Hall was announced as the new venue and tickets sold were allowed for the new venue. The first gig was to take place on 10 April. Gary Lightbody and Tom Simpson were also scheduled to DJ after the first show.[14]

The re-scheduled shows though, had to be cancelled. Lightbody explained:

The gigs were re-scheduled to a single show at QMU, Glasgow on 11 April.[15][58]

Tour dates
Date City Country Venue
Support acts: Terra Diablo & Weevil
10 April 2004 Isle of Arran Scotland Brodick Town Hall (CANCELLED)
11 April 2004 Whiting Bay Hall (CANCELLED)
10 April 2004 Lamlash Hall (CANCELLED)
11 April 2004
11 April 2004 Glasgow Scotland The QMU


Before the tour began, Snow Patrol played at the T in the Park[59] and Witnness festivals.[60] The band's first festival on tour was T on the Fringe, during their first UK Tour of the Final Straw's promotion.[28] They also played the SXSW in the United States, which saw them supporting The Polyphonic Spree.[5] The band later played at a number of rock festivals throughout June, July and August.[40] This included playing the Grolsch Summer Set at the Somerset House in London.[61] This performance was recorded and made its way to a DVD called Live at Somerset House.[62] During the band's US Tour in September–October, they played at the Voodoo Experience festival. Some dates in mid-October had to be cancelled as singer Lightbody was ill because of fatigue and the doctor had advised him to rest.[63][64] The band made it to the V Festival in a week.[65][66] Guitarist Nathan Connolly has called V 2004 as his worst moment on tour, having gotten drunk out of excitement of playing at the event, and forgetting songs during the band's set.[67] In 2005, the band played at the "Coachella Festival" as a support act and the "Isle of Wight Festival", where they were headliners on the final day.[20] In July, the band played at the Killarney Festival.[19]

Tour dates
Date City Country Venue
12 July 2003 Kinross Scotland T in the Park @ Balado Airfield
13 July 2003 Naas Ireland Witnness 2003 @ Punchestown Racecourse
22 August 2003 Edinburgh Scotland T on the Fringe Festival
19 March 2004 Austin, Texas United States SXSW @ Austin Convention Center
13 June 2004 Isle of Wight England Isle of Wight Festival @ Seaclose Park
17 June 2004 Hultsfred Sweden Hultsfred Festival @ Lake Hulingen
20 June 2004 Venice Italy Heineken Jammin' Festival @ Imola Autodrome
25 June 2004 Pilton England Glastonbury Festival @ Worthy Farm
26 June 2004 Scheeßel Germany Hurricane Festival @ Eichenring Motorcycle Speedway
27 June 2004 Tuttlingen Southside Festival
5 July 2004 Kristiansand Norway Quart Festival
10 July 2004 Kildare Ireland Oxegen Festival @ Punchestown Racecourse
11 July 2004 Kinross Scotland T in the Park @ Balado Airfield
25 July 2004 Byron Bay Australia Splendour in the Grass @ Belongil Fields
31 July 2004 Niigata Japan Fuji Rock Festival @ Naeba Ski Resort
6 August 2004 Benicasim Spain Benicàssim International Festival
8 August 2004 London England Grolsch Summer Set @ Somerset House
13 August 2004 Salzburg Austria Frequency Festival (CANCELLED)
14 August 2004 Erfurt Germany Highfield Festival (CANCELLED)
15 August 2004 Weeze Terramoto Festival (CANCELLED)
17 August 2004 Paredes de Coura Portugal Paredes de Coura Festival (CANCELLED)
19 August 2004 Kiewit-Hasselt Belgium Pukkelpop (CANCELLED)
20 August 2004 Biddinghuizen Netherlands Lowlands Festival (CANCELLED)
21 August 2004 Weston England V Festival @ Weston Park
22 August 2004 Chelmsford V Festival @ Hylands Park
15 October 2004 New Orleans, Louisiana United States Voodoo Music Experience
30 April 2005 Indio, California Coachella Festival @ Empire Polo Fields
12 June 2005 Isle of Wight England Isle of Wight Festival @ Seaclose Park
1 July 2005 Killarney Killarney Music Festival @ Fitzgerald Stadium

Side shows[edit]

After the band's performance at the "Quart Festival", the band played one show in Amsterdam supporting the Pixies on their European Tour.[7]

Tour date
Date City Country Venue
Headlining act: Pixies
6 July 2004 Amsterdam Netherlands Heineken Music Hall

After the band's performance at "Splendour in the Grass", the band played two side-shows in Australia before heading to Japan for the "Fuji Rock Festival". The band was supported by Keane on both dates. The 'mini-tour' is notable for being the first shows the band played in Australia.[8]

Tour dates
Date City Country Venue
Support act: Keane
27 July 2004 Sydney Australia The Gaelic Club
28 July 2004 Melbourne The Hi-Fi

Charity events[edit]

A man playing a guitar.
Gary Lightbody at the Tsunami Relief concert on 22 January 2005.
A smiling man wearing a scarf looking into the camera.
Bassist Paul Wilson's first concert with Snow Patrol was a charity event at Hillgrove Hotel.

On 23 May 2004, Snow Patrol played football along with members of The Darkness, Starsailor and Goldie Lookin Chain for the 10th annual "Soccer Six". The event was held in aid of The Prince's Trust and Give a Child a Chance. The event was held at Reading F.C.'s Madejski Stadium.[9] In November 2004, the band played a short 20-minute set as part of BBC's Children in Need. The performance of "Run" was televised during BBC's coverage of the event.[17] In January 2005, Snow Patrol played a charity concert in Cardiff in aid of the victims of the tsunami disaster of 2004.[68]

In April 2005, Snow Patrol played two charity shows[69] in one day in Dingle to raise money for some local charities. This show marked the live debut of Paul Wilson, replacement for bassist Mark McClelland, who was fired from the band in mid-March.[70] The show is also notable for being the first where touring keyboardist Tom Simpson played as an official band member.[71] The first show (for all ages) began at 5 in the evening, and the second (for over-18s) began at 10. Lightbody also DJed after the second show.[69] New songs like "Your Halo"[69] "Chasing Cars" and "It's Beginning to Get to Me" got played live the first time, and received good reviews from NME.[72] The band played two concerts at Live 8, a string of benefit concerts organized by Bob Geldof.[10] The first of these was on 2 July 2005 in London and the second was in Edinburgh a few days later.[73]

Tour dates
Date City Country Venue
19 November 2004 Stirling Scotland Children in Need @ Stirling Castle
22 January 2005 Cardiff Wales Tsunami Relief Cardiff @ Millennium Stadium
1 April 2005 Dingle Ireland Hillgrove Hotel (All ages)
1 April 2005 Dingle Hillgrove Hotel (18+ only)
2 July 2005 London England Live 8 @ Hyde Park
6 July 2005 Edinburgh Scotland Live 8: The Final Push @ Murrayfield Stadium

Supporting U2 and end of tour[edit]

U2's lead singer Bono is a huge fan of the band, and was "desperate" for Snow Patrol to support them on the Vertigo Tour. The band was in talks with U2 for eight months, and they finally opened for them on eight dates on the European leg of the tour in June–July 2005.[74][75]

Tour dates
Date City Country Venue
10 June 2005 Brussels Belgium King Baudouin Stadium
14 June 2005 Manchester England City of Manchester Stadium
24 June 2005 Dublin Ireland Croke Park
7 July 2005 Berlin Germany Olympiastadion
9 July 2005 Paris France Stade de France[76]
10 July 2005
15 July 2005 Amsterdam Netherlands Amsterdam Arena[77][78]
16 July 2005

Touring for Final Straw officially ended on 23 July 2005.[79] This was revealed by Gary Lightbody in his blog on Snow Patrol's official website:

"As you may or may not know we have finally finished touring Final Straw. Our last show was in Thomastown, Co. Kilkenny, Ireland in Eddie Murphy's bar on Saturday the 23rd of July. It took place in a little marquee in the beer garden out the back and was a great way to end two years on the road."

Gary Lightbody

Typical set lists[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Snow Patrol to kick off 2004 supporting Athlete". Jeepster. Retrieved 17 July 2009. 
  2. ^ a b "New Snow Patrol UK tour dates". Jeepster. Retrieved 17 July 2009. 
  3. ^ "Snow Patrol confirm further UK dates and venue changes". Jeepster. Retrieved 17 July 2009. 
  4. ^ "Snow Patrol confirm additional London date on march tour". Jeepster. Retrieved 17 July 2009. 
  5. ^ a b c "Snow Patrol confirm US tour details". Jeepster. Retrieved 17 July 2009. 
  6. ^ a b "Snow Patrol - New kings of rock n' roll!". Jeepster. Retrieved 17 July 2009. 
  7. ^ a b "Snow Patrol support Pixies". Jeepster. Retrieved 17 July 2009. 
  8. ^ a b "Snow Patrol confirm Australian mini tour". Jeepster. Retrieved 17 July 2009. 
  9. ^ a b "Snow Patrol join line up of stars at Soccer Six". Jeepster. Retrieved 17 July 2009. 
  10. ^ a b "Snow Patrol to play Live 8". Jeepster. Retrieved 17 July 2009. 
  11. ^ a b "Snow Patrol confirm one-off Paris show and three UK festivals". Jeepster. Retrieved 17 July 2009. 
  12. ^ "Snow Patrol add a new festival to their summer schedule". Jeepster. Retrieved 17 July 2009. 
  13. ^ "Snow Patrol in Australia". Jeespter. Retrieved 17 July 2009. 
  14. ^ a b "Venue change for special Easter Snow Patrol dates". Jeepster. Retrieved 17 July 2009. 
  15. ^ a b "'Important' Snow Patrol Arran gigs cancelled". Jeepster. Retrieved 17 July 2009. 
  16. ^ a b "Snow Patrol to end year with RDS show". Breaking News. 24 September 2004. Retrieved 21 July 2009. 
  17. ^ a b c "Snow Patrol announce two huge Scottish shows!". Jeespter. Retrieved 17 July 2009. 
  18. ^ "Jacknife Lee added to Hogmanay special". Jeepster. Retrieved 17 July 2009. 
  19. ^ a b "Snow Patrol to headline Irish festival". Jeepster. Retrieved 17 July 2009. 
  20. ^ a b "Snow Patrol summer festival appearances announced". Jeepster. Retrieved 17 July 2009. 
  21. ^ "All the Wight bands!". NME. 23 February 2004. Retrieved 2 October 2009. 
  22. ^ a b "Snow Patrol confirm international releases and US tour". Jeepster. Retrieved 17 July 2009. 
  23. ^ a b "Snow Patrol US tour details". Jeepster. Retrieved 17 July 2009. 
  24. ^ Rose, Hilary (12 November 2004). October 2009 "Band on a Run". The Times. Retrieved 1 October 2009. 
  25. ^ a b "Snow Patrol confirm details of UK tour - New dates added". Jeepster. Retrieved 17 July 2009. 
  26. ^ a b "Most Snow Patrol UK dates sold out - Dublin date added". Jeepster. Retrieved 17 July 2009. 
  27. ^ a b "Snow Patrol confirm additional Belfast show". Jeespter. Retrieved 17 July 2009. 
  28. ^ a b c "On patrol!". NME. 9 July 2003. Retrieved 4 October 2009. 
  29. ^ October 2009 "Snow Patrol 'splitting news'!". NME. 26 August 2003. Retrieved 4 October 2009. 
  30. ^ Edwards, Tom (6 August 2003). "Snow Patrol: Spitting is go!". Drowned in Sound. Retrieved 19 October 2009. 
  31. ^ October 2009 "Kef (formerly Lava)". Drowned in Sound. Retrieved 4 October 2009. 
  32. ^ "Snow Patrol confirm Irish tour". Jeepster. Retrieved 17 July 2009. 
  33. ^ "Monday, 13 October 2003". Travis Online. Retrieved 18 July 2009. 
  34. ^ a b c "More Snow Patrol UK dates announced". Jeepster. Retrieved 17 July 2009. 
  35. ^ "Snow Patrol run for 2004". NME. 3 December 2003. Retrieved 4 October 2009. 
  36. ^ Cohen, Jonathan (1 May 2004). "Snow Patrol storms U.S. shores". Billboard (Nielsen Business Media, Inc.) 116 (18): 10. ISSN 0006-2510. Retrieved 31 October 2009. 
  37. ^ a b "Snow Patrol - Shephard's Bush Empire 2004". BBC. Retrieved 29 August 2009. 
  38. ^ Mantin, Mike. "Snow Patrol - Pyramids, 14th March 2004". God is in the TV. Retrieved 12 September 2009. 
  39. ^ Myers, W. (2 May 2004). "Snow Patrol - In-studio performance". KEXP. Retrieved 1 November 2009. 
  40. ^ a b "Snow Patrol confirm European tour and more festival dates". Jeepster. Retrieved 17 July 2009. 
  41. ^ "Eisley touring with Snow Patrol; Full length debut to be released later this year". Top-40 Charts. Retrieved 17 July 2009. 
  42. ^ "Snow Patrol to appear on the David Letterman show!". Hot Press. 31 August 2004. Retrieved 5 October 2009.  Note: Archived page, can be found here.
  43. ^ October 2009 "Hurricane reroutes Snow Patrol Tour". Aversion. 8 September 2004. Retrieved 6 October 2009. 
  44. ^ "New Snow Patrol single details and DVD release announced". Jeepster. Retrieved 17 July 2009. 
  45. ^ "Snow Patrol are forced to make tour support changes". Jeepster. Retrieved 17 July 2009. 
  46. ^ "Snow Patrol add more dates to UK tour". Tourdates. Retrieved 17 July 2009. 
  47. ^ "US support slots". Retrieved 17 July 2009. 
  48. ^ "Snow Patrol In-Store @ Sam Goody Minneapolis, MN". Retrieved 17 July 2009. 
  49. ^ "Live and Acoustic at Park Ave.- Snow Patrol". Allmusic. Retrieved 17 July 2009. 
  50. ^ "KFOG's Live From the Archives The show". KFOG. Retrieved 20 October 2009. 
  51. ^ "KFOG Live from the Archives Vol. 15". KFOG. Retrieved 20 October 2009. 
  52. ^ "Snow Patrol US tour". Jeepster. Retrieved 17 July 2009. 
  53. ^ "Snow Patrol - "Chocolate"". Music Today. Retrieved 20 October 2009. 
  54. ^ September 2009 "Jet live". Tiscali. Retrieved 11 September 2009. 
  55. ^ a b "Snow Patrol @ Islington". Xfm. 25 May 2004. Retrieved 11 September 2009. 
  56. ^ "Edinburgh (Xmas Fan Show) 21-12-03". Retrieved 17 July 2009. 
  57. ^ "Snow Patrol show available to view via webcast". Jeepster. Retrieved 17 July 2009. 
  58. ^ "Snow show for island patrol". Contactmusic. Retrieved 15 July 2009. 
  59. ^ "T in the Park '03". eFestivals. Retrieved 17 July 2009. 
  60. ^ "Snow Patrol at Witnness 2003". Jeepster. Retrieved 17 July 2009. 
  61. ^ "Snow Patrol and Air play Grolsch Set". Xfm. Retrieved 18 July 2009. 
  62. ^ a b "Snow Patrol play Somerset House". Jeepster. Retrieved 17 July 2009. 
  63. ^ Roggeveen, Herman (16 August 2004). "Snow Patrol zegt af voor Lowlands" (in Dutch). 3VOOR12. Retrieved 30 October 2009. 
  64. ^ "Snow Patrol UK tour sold out". Jeepster. Retrieved 17 July 2009. 
  65. ^ "V Festival - Staffs 2004 Lineup". Virtual Festivals. Retrieved 9 January 2010. 
  66. ^ "V Festival - Chelmsford 2004 Lineup". Virtual Festivals. Retrieved 9 January 2010. 
  67. ^ Marengo, Carolyne (11 December 2009). "Snow Patrol Up To Now". myTelus. Retrieved 9 January 2010. 
  68. ^ "Tsunami relief show in Cardiff". Retrieved 17 July 2009. 
  69. ^ a b c Donovan, Chris (4 April 2005). "Snow Patrol induct new bassist in Dingle (Updated)". Hot Press. Retrieved 19 September 2009.  Appears as: "They played two shows – an all ages one at five which was totally mental, and an over-18s one at ten that Gary did a bit of deejaying after. If Paul Wilson was nervous it didn't show as him and his new bandmates ran through a 19-song set that included three new numbers – 'It's Beginning to Get to Me', 'Your Halo' and 'Chasing Cars' which their tour manager only half-jokingly referred to as 'the next 'Run'.'"
  70. ^ "Snow Patrol fire bandmember". Xfm. Retrieved 17 July 2009. 
  71. ^ "New Patrol member". Retrieved 17 July 2009. 
  72. ^ Brown, Tom (2 April 2005). "Secret Dingle show". Retrieved 6 January 2010. 
  73. ^ Brown, Jonathan (7 July 2005). "Live8: The Final Push, Murrayfield, Edinburgh". The Independent. Retrieved 12 October 2009. 
  74. ^ "U2 - Bono wants Snow Patrol for tour". 31 January 2005. Retrieved 28 October 2009. 
  75. ^ "Snow Patrol confirm U2 support". Jeepster. Retrieved 17 July 2009. 
  76. ^ Eskimos, The (8 July 2005). "Snow comes to Paris". Retrieved 14 October 2009. 
  77. ^ "15 July 2005: Amsterdam ArenA - Amsterdam, Netherlands". Retrieved 14 October 2009. 
  78. ^ Eskimos, The (15 July 2005). "Final Vertigo show". Retrieved 14 October 2009. 
  79. ^ "And so it begins - Message from GL". Retrieved 17 July 2009. 
  80. ^ "Snow Patrol: Live At Somerset House - August 8th 2004". Universal Music (Germany). Retrieved 7 July 2009. 

External links[edit]