Snow Patrol return to Ward Park for the 3rd time in what promises to be another amazing Concert!

25 May 2019

The band announced in February "We are beyond excited to announce that one of Northern Ireland’s biggest ever international acts Two Door Cinema Club will be joining us at Ward Park 3 in Bangor, NI on 25th May. They complete a dream bill of Foy Vance, ASH, SOAK, Jealous Of The Birds, Brand New Friend, JC Stewart, The Wood Burning Savages, Kitt Philippa, and ROE."

“Northern Irish music at the moment is in its rudest health. It’s very exciting to be able to celebrate that at a time that when it’s a good time to celebrate all the good things about Northern Ireland,” Gary Lightbody said. "Northern Irish acts all the way."

Ards and North Down Borough Council Chief Executive, Stephen Reid said: "The two previous gigs were fantastic events for everyone who attended and gave a significant boost to residents and businesses in the town. We look forward to working with all those involved to make this a truly fantastic and memorable concert."

Snow Patrol front man Lightbody branded the previous Ward Park gigs two of the best days of the band's lives!

"Every time I go out in Bangor... the only question I ever get asked is, "When's the next Ward Park?” he said.*

For more information on the venue, see Ward Park       

Looking for somewhere to stay? Bangor has a wide range of accommodation on offer, from 5 star hotels to BnBs or Self Catering.


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Frequently Asked Questions Ward Park 3 - 25th May 2019

MCD, the company promoting the concert, will endeavour to assist with any accessibility concerns. Limited accessible car parking is available off Broadway.

Please contact with any specific queries, for further information or to apply for an accessible car pass if required. 

All accommodation providers in Bangor and the wider Ards and North Down area are busy over the weekend (24/25 May) so options are limited.  Council’s Visitor Information Centre may be able to help – please contact 028 9127 0069.      


Looking for somewhere to stay? Bangor has a wide range of accommodation on offer, from 5 star hotels to BnBs or Self Catering.

This concert is an over-16 event however a parent/guardian aged 25 or over can take up to two under 16s to the show.Parents/guardians will be required to show age ID and sign a consent form for the under 16s in their care. A marquee will be located at Gate No3 to facilitate these arrangements.     


Any parent/guardian accompanying someone under 16 will be responsible for them for the duration of the concert and should remain with them throughout the event.As bar facilities are available at the concert, there will be a designated ‘no drinking’ area for those under 18.

Bar facilities will be available on site.If you are of legal age and choose to consume alcohol, please drink responsibly.Photo ID may be required to purchase alcohol at the event.  This is a ‘Challenge under 25’ event; so, if you are lucky enough to look under 25 you will be asked to prove that you are aged 18 or over when you buy alcohol.  If you are under 18 you are committing an offence if you attempt to buy alcohol.  

Acceptable proof of age documents are:

  • Official passport
  • Photo driving licence
  • Government approved Proof of Age card
  • National Union of Students Card (NUS Card) 

You are not permitted to bring alcohol onto the concert site; there will be robust searches in place.

The promoter reserves the right to refuse admission/remove from the site anyone deemed to be intoxicated or engaging in antisocial behaviour.

Large bags, backpacks and waist bags will not be allowed on site and there are no cloakroom/locker facilities.  If you need to bring a bag, it should be 4.5in/11.4cm x 6.5in/16.51cm or smaller.

No buggies or strollers will be permitted onto the site.

There will be no parking in the immediate area of the concert site (there is some accessible car parking at Broadway – please contact MCD on to apply for a pass).  No waiting cones will be placed on roads around the site to prevent illegal parking.  This will be rigorously enforced.    

Car parking is available at Bloomfield Playing Fields (entrance via South Circular Road) and Valentine’s Playing Fields (entrance via Abbey Hill Drive) and in the town centre.

**As traffic and parking delays are inevitable, we strongly advise using public concert to attend this event.See for more information on special train and coach services. 

Coach parking is available at Bangor Aurora Aquatic and Leisure Complex (Valentine’s Road).

There will be no drop off/collections in the immediate area of the concert site. This will be rigorously enforced and traffic delays are inevitable on roads around the concert site.

Coaches will drop off and pick up on Castle Park Lane.

The only designated taxi drop-off and pick up point is on Abbey Street.

Gates will open at 2pm.

There are 2 entrance points for use by patrons with general tickets.

Gates will open at 2pm. 

Gate No 1 is located off Gransha Road and available to persons approaching the site via Castle Park Road from Bloomfield Road and from the ‘Groomsport side’ of Bangor.
Gate No 2 VIP access off Gransha Road
Gate No 3 U16’s sign in access is located to the rear of the site off Gransha Road
Gate No 4 Special assistance / wheelchair. Located to the rear of the ‘Town Centre side’ via the lower section of Ward Park. 

Patrons will have their tickets scanned on entering the site. Patrons may be searched on arrival to prevent unauthorised items: alcohol, glassware, items that could be used as weapons etc, or illegal substances being brought onto the site. Receptacles will be provided for discarded items.


Patrons will not normally be re-admitted to the site should they leave prior to the end of the show.


The event is for patrons over 16 years of age.Patrons under the age of 16 may be admitted to the site provided they are accompanied by a responsible adult who is at least 25 years of age.A responsible adult may accompany a maximum of 2 persons under the age of 16 and having proved their age must sign a declaration that they will be responsible for the young person(s).A marquee will be located at Gate No3 to facilitate these arrangements.Stewards will direct all groups with persons less than 16 years of age to this facility.

The area around Ward Park is residential. Please respect the property and privacy of those living in the vicinity of Ward Park Playing Fields.Trespassing, anti-social behaviour or damage to property seriously compromises the future of events in this area.

  • Snow Patrol
  • Two Door Cinema Club
  • ASH
  • Foy Vance
  • SOAK
  • Jealous of the Birds
  • Brand New Friend

Late-night shuttle train services will run from Bangor Station to Belfast Lanyon Place, from approximately 10.45pm – 11.45pm.

Onward late-night special services will be in operation from Belfast Lanyon Place to Portadown, Carrickfergus and Coleraine.

Special regional coach services will operate from Derry/Londonderry (picking up at Dungiven Express Stop, Maghera Flyover, Castledawson Park and Ride and Toome Park and Ride), Newry (picking up at Banbridge) and Strabane (picking up at Omagh Bus Centre, Crevenagh Park and Ride and Ballygawley Park and Ride) subject to demand.Bookings must be made online in advance. (online sales close 11:00 am on day of event)

A bus shuttle services will also run from Bangor to Newtownards.

It is a short walk (less than ten minutes) from the bus and rail station to Ward Park.

**As traffic and parking delays are inevitable, we strongly advise using public transport to attend this event.Please book in advance.

Full travel details are available online at or from the Translink Contact Centre: 028 9066 6630.

In order to limit build ups of traffic, full road closures will be kept to a minimum.  There will be restricted access around the concert site from 12noon on the day of the concert.  No waiting cones will be placed on roads around the site to prevent illegal parking.  This will be rigorously enforced.        


The following roads will be closed between 10pm and midnight to allow concert patrons to leave the concert safely: Bloomfield Road, Broadway, Castle Park Road and Gransha Road.  

There is no seating at the event. Patrons must not bring folding seats to the event.

Bangor is very much open for business on the day of the concert.Local shops, cafes, restaurants and bars will be delighted to welcome visitors.The town will be very busy so we advise booking in advance if you want to go to a particular restaurant.Check out the Bangor Chamber Facebook page for more information.  

With more 30,000 people visiting and working on this site, reducing the impact that the concert will have on our environment is a huge task.

Council and MCD will be working on efficient use and reuse of resources – but we can’t do it without your help.Please help us by:

  • Using our recycling bins. It is not okay to drop litter on the ground.  Help us by placing your waste into the correct recycling bins.
  • Please use public transport and help to reduce our carbon footprint.  Car exhausts are still the greatest contributor to global climate change.
  • Please use the toilets provided. Urinating on the land contaminates the local water supply, killing wildlife and seriously compromises the future of events in this area.

The only designated taxi drop off and pick up point is on Abbey Street.

Some tickets are still available for the concert from Ticketmaster –

Blocks of portable WCs and urinals will be positioned at the rear of the site.

‘Portaloos’ will also be provided at ‘satellite’ locations such as transport hubs, and to the queuing areas at the entrances to the Site.

This is an outdoor event and will take place rain or shine. Please dress appropriately for the forecasted weather.NB: umbrellas will not be allowed on site.

*Source: Belfast Telegraph 
25 May 2019

Opening Times


  • Average Ticket Price £44 (Ticketmaster)

Contact Details

  • Address Ward Arras at Ward Park Gransha Road Bangor Co Down BT20 4LG
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