Darling at Academy 2 – Review & Photos

Darling at Academy DublinDarling played The Academy 2 on February the 7th.

Darling consists of two young men from Dublin, Gary Harding and James McGuire.  For a band that have only just formed in 2013, Darling have certainly come a long way in producing some exciting material and gaining an incredible fan base in just over a year.

Having previously played a sold out show upstairs in Whelans and having released their EP “” back in October it was only a matter of time before they started to sell out shows and to gradually perform in bigger venues, which brings us to their performance in Academy 2.

Darling were scheduled to perform at around 9pm but due to a slight delay with getting everything set up on stage they arrived out at a quarter past 9 where they faced an incredibly packed venue. Some songs on the night included covers of “Sound of Silence” and from their EP “Echoes” and “Sail Away”.  With Just a few songs played Darlings set was short but sweet, hitting all the right notes and giving the fans what they wanted who sang along to “Sail Away” and “Echoes”.  There were three girls in particular up the front who loved every second of their performance as they had their hands around each other, swaying and singing to every song.  Sail Away gives off a sort of melodic feel that grabs our attention from the start and draws us into some wonderful vocals and tones that leave us with that feeling of happiness within.  Echoes a song that punches its way through the listeners body making you feel everything from its striking guitar riffs to its powerful vocals that command a life of its own, an energetic track that is bound to make you move, even if you can’t dance.

Throughout the night there was a lot of chatting going on in the audience which became slightly annoying for the fans trying to enjoy the bands performance and also for Darling themselves.  “Echoes” one of Darlings livelier songs was greeted with much delight from the fans as the band announced that it would be their final song.  Performing with some aggressive percussion and electric guitar riffs  Darling are destined for great things and are certainly a band to watch out for in 2014.

Photos and Review by Ian Blount


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