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Gary Lightbody reveals support act Ed Sheeran got more attention at a Snow Patrol gig

Snow Patrol’s Gary Lightbody has revealed how one-time support act Ed Sheeran upstaged the band when he toured with the Northern Irish band in 2012.

Megastar Ed was a warm up act for the Chasing Cars hitmakers on their US tours just a few months after the release of his debut album, +.

Appearing on Australian panel show The Project, 41-year-old Gary admitted that many of the tour’s attendees weren’t there for Snow Patrol.
Lightbody was chastened by the rapturous reaction support act Sheeran received. Pic: Richard Isaac/REX/Shutterstock
‘He supported us on our US tour in 2011 or 12,’ Gary told the panellists. ‘And the first front six rows of our shows all had his fans in them and they were just screaming for him.’

He continued: ‘Ed came on to this Beatles-style screaming. And it was like, hang on a minute, is this not our show? Because they were not screaming for us.’

The roles will be reversed when Snow Patrol — who just released Wildness, their first album in seven years — support the Galway Girl singer on his upcoming US stadium tour.
Ed Sheeran completed a sold out Irish tour earlier this year. Pic: Getty Images
Lightbody has been candid about his struggles with mental health and addiction, admitting to the Daily Telegraph this year that he could have suffered the same fate as Swedish DJ Avicii, who died of suicide in April.

Recalling when he heard the news of Avicii’s death he explained: ‘I became very emotional. I didn’t know him at all. But I felt very connected to him. It’s heartbreaking when that happens.

‘I am very grateful that didn’t happen to me but it’s very sad that it did happen to him.’

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