Thursday 18 July 2019

Snow Patrol and the Cure rock castle

Snow Patrol and The cure rock Malahide Castle to its core

John Manning and Ken Phelan

A series of seven summer concerts at Malahide Castle kicked off at the weekend when Snow Patrol and The Cure came to rock thousands of adoring fans in the castle grounds.

Friday night was opening night for this year's series of concerts at Malahide Castle and it was Snow Patrol that had the honour of taking the first headline slot.

The band took seven years to make a new album and only returned to touring last year, after a long absence and their appreciation for their audience that has stuck with them, eagerly awaiting their return was palpable on Friday night.

There was a smattering of the new stuff but in the main, the band delivered a festival set, chock full of Snow Patrol's impressive back catalogue of giant hits.

'Take Back the City' launched the set and from moment one, the band and the crowd were on the same page with both enjoying the party and the home game feel to the occasion.

You could hardly wipe the smile off lead singer's Gary Lighbody's face as the crowd sang his lyrics back at him in a gig that was full of unapologetic emotion and hugely uplifting for the thousands attending on a cloudy and humid and ultimately, euphoric night in Malahide.

On Saturday night it was the turn of goth legends, The Cure to take the Malahide stage after an even longer absence from touring.

The band's longevity was evident from the concert goers, mostly middle-aged former 'Cureheads' who had followed Robert Smith and his group from the 80s up until the present day.

The Cure casually ambled onto stage as the sun set over the castle.

The Band delighted fans with renditions of pop classics such as Boys Don't Cry, The Lovecats, Why can't I Be You? and In Between Days.

Evident too was the devotion to The Cure by their loyal fans, as they sang along to every word uttered by front man Robert Smith, himself, despite his advanced years, still sporting his signature black, tangled hair, clumsily applied lipstick and ghoulish eye makeup.

Customary for The Cure, the band played an extended set, bringing concert goers on a journey through an extensive back catalogue, from their gothic roots to more accessible pop.

Entranced for one evening in the shadow of Malahide Castle, the fans left in the knowledge that the gothic gods could still pack a tune.

Next up this weekend are two concerts from Mumford and Sons at the Malahide Venue and Noel Gallagher takes the same stage his brother did, last year.

Fingal Independent