Kodaline at Marlay Park – Review & Photos

Kodaline, Marlay Park, Dublin

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Kodaline, Marlay Park, DublinKodaline opened for Kings Of Leon in Marlay Park last Friday.

They’ve been busy boys, these lads. Glastonbury, Guinness Amplify and Marlay Park, all in the same week. From the massive scale at Worthy Farm to the tiny stage for Guinness, Kodaline keep another thirty five thousand fans happy in the rainy haze of July 4th.

Opening with their current offering “One Day”, instant crowd engagement on vocals brings Steve right into his element. Kodaline’s knack of writing songs that resonate instantly turns this gig from a support slot to a stand alone five star performance. It’s hard to believe they only have the one album “In A Perfect World”, so familiar are the songs. They’re like Pringles, once you pop you can’t stop.

The rain recedes and clouds retreat as their set progress through the darker tones of “Pray” into the charming phrases of “Brand New Day”. They lash out the lyrics taking the energy of the crowd into “Dirty Old Town”, narrowly avoiding the predictable “ole ole ole” chant. “Love Like This” and the folky flavoured “Way Back When” earn their stripes as fans sing it loud. Giving back the love, the boys thank everyone for coming out, giving a romantic request to a couple who just got engaged. It’s Steve dad’s birthday, he gets big love as happy hugs go with the grooves.

Clearly Kodaline are well grounded, honest and grateful for all they’ve achieved. They’re VIPs in Glasto on Saturday yet go for a few pints in  their local in Swords on Sunday. Their mate Doyler gets special mention for his cello in “All I Want”. A glossy and polished full fat version follows. Extended guitars and drawn out vocals giving every drop possible in the endless yet delicate crescendo. Everyone is carried away, even barrier security guard number 218 is having a secret little hum to himself. If you can crack security boys, you can crack anyone!

Review by Ciara Sheahan
Photos by Tudor Marian


Tudor Marian

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