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Snow Patrol to be honored and will perform at Oscar Wilde Awards

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December 21, 2015.  Snow Patrol will be honored and will perform at the US-Ireland Alliance’s Oscar Wilde Awards on 25 February 2016.  The popular band from Northern Ireland joins James Corden, previously announced as the recipient of the “Honorary Irishman” award.   The annual event will be held at J.J. Abrams’ Bad Robot production company in Santa Monica.  Irish singer Róisín O will also perform and additional announcements are expected.

The casual Irish party during Oscars’ Week was created to introduce people in the entertainment fields from Ireland and the US.  The casual, intimate, house party atmosphere has long made it one of the hottest tickets during the week.

Snow Patrol has been responsible for several era-defining singles, including ‘Run’, ‘Chocolate’, and ‘Chasing Cars’ and are proud winners of the prestigious Ivor Novello award for songwriting.  Gary Lightbody formed Snow Patrol while at University of Dundee in 1994.  After two album releases and changing record labels, the band released the single 'Run', which went to number five on the UK singles chart. Their career was launched with the album ‘Final Straw' and success continued with their fourth album, ‘Eyes Open’ released in May 2006.  With sales of 1.6 million worldwide 'Eyes Open' was crowned the bestselling album of 2006, despite fierce competition from Take That and Arctic Monkeys. That album was followed by the multi-platinum ‘A Hundred Million Suns,’ ‘Fallen Empires,’ and 'Up to Now'. 

Their albums have been nominated for the Mercury Music Prize, BRITS, Grammys and MTV Europe Music Awards and have sold over 14 million copies worldwide.  Between albums the band invest in and provide mentoring for numerous music businesses and bands from Northern Ireland. They are the founding directors of the 'Oh Yeah Music Centre', a project set up to give young artists a place where they can share ideas and kick-start their music careers.

Trina Vargo, founder and president of the US-Ireland Alliance said, “we are hoping for a strong Irish presence in LA this year.  There is a lot of Oscar buzz around ROOM and BROOKLYN.”   ROOM, starring Brie Larson and Jacob Tremblay, is based on the book written by Emma Donoghue and was directed by Lenny Abrahamson. BROOKLYN is based on book written by Colm Toibin, was directed by John Crowley, and stars Domhnall Gleeson, and Saoirse Ronan, a previous recipient of an Oscar Wilde Award.  And Paddy Breathnach’s VIVA is one of nine foreign films still in play for a possible Oscar nomination.  That’s a great achievement in and of itself as the list started with eighty films.  J.J. Abrams is an Honorary Irishman and he also has a film out now that is getting a little attention.”  Vargo had encouraged Abrams to film in Ireland and at the last Oscar Wilde event in February, Abrams joked that she told him that it couldn’t be just any film, it had to be STAR WARS.  Abrams filmed on Skellig Michael, off the western coast of Ireland.  “Skellig Michael looks beautiful in the film and I’m sure that will result in increased tourism for Ireland,” Vargo added.

Sponsors of the 2016 Oscar Wilde event include Accenture and Resurgent Film Group.  Hawke+Axel are providing the awards, beautiful glass in the shape of an eternal flame, with a green ribbon running through it.


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