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Fri 14 Sep 2007

Where: Spark Arena, 42 Mahuhu Cres, CBD, Auckland

British rock act Snow Patrol have announced details for a two-date New Zealand tour - and there's a surprise in store for fans who buy tickets.

Anyone who buys a ticket to either of the shows - on September 14 at Auckland's Vector Arena, and on September 15 at the Westpac Centre in Christchurch - will receive a free copy of the band's new album.

Ticket prices cost between $79 and $89, and every ticket purchased will also come with a free copy of the band's third album Final Straw.

Opshop will also play at the Auckland show, and Iain Archer will play both dates. Tickets go on sale to the public on July 18.

Featuring a dynamic fusion of several alternative stylistic touchstones, Snow Patrol's compositions combine songwriting aptitude with guitar rock's sharpest strains. Originally from Northern Ireland, Gary Lightbody (vocals, guitar) and Mark McClelland (bass, keyboards) first got together in Dundee, Scotland, where they were studying, prior to the addition of John Quinn (drums), who completed the lineup. Signed to the U.K.'s Jeepster label in 1998, they released their debut album, Songs for Polar Bears, in August of that same year.

The record was a large success across the U.K., where they also gained a large fanbase for their live show. The British trio graduated soon after, and decided to move from Dundee to Glasgow in late 2000. Their second full-length, When It's All Over We Still Have to Clear Up, was released in April 2001. Producer Chris Lord-Alge signed on for the release of Final Straw, which appeared stateside in April 2004. ~ Mario Mesquita Borges, All Music Guide

In 2005, Glasgow-based Snow Patrol toured with U2, appeared at Live 8 at both Hyde Park and Scotland and somehow still found time to write and record a new album. Their May 2006 release, Eyes Open, is the follow-up to their phenomenally successful Final Straw, and it has exceeded all expectations. The album went straight to #1 on the album charts in the UK and Ireland and the first singles "You're All I Have" and "Hands Open" are receiving massive airplay on both sides of the Atlantic.

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