Snow Patrol are one of Northern Ireland’s most famous musical exports and with millions of record sales and fans across the world, it’s hard to believe that they once parted ways with a record company!
Check out their history:
- Established at Dundee University in 1994 by Gary Lightbody and Mark McClelland, drummer Johnny Quinn joins the band three years later
- Their first two albums are commercially unsuccessful and they part ways with their record label
- In 2002 Nathan Connolly, also from Northern Ireland, joins the band
- The band sign to Polydor Records in 2003 and release the album ‘Final Straw’
- The album brings them commercial success and wins the inaugural Ivor Novello Award for songwriting in 2004
- In 2005, original member Mark McClelland leaves the band. Paul Wilson and Tom Simpson become permanent members
- The fourth album ‘Eyes Open’ is released in 2006 and is the UK’s biggest selling album of the year. The single ‘Chasing Cars’ becomes one of the most downloaded songs in the USA
- ‘Chasing Cars’ was voted ‘Song of the Decade’ by a UK national TV poll and ‘Best Song of All Time’ by listeners of Virgin Radio
- In 2008, ‘A Hundred Million Suns’ is released
- By the close of the decade Snow Patrol have sold over 10 million albums worldwide
- Their latest studio album ‘Fallen Empires’ will be released in late 2011.