The Script at Dublin Castle – Review and Photos
Saturday the 13th of September saw The Script (Danny O’ Donoghue- Vocals/Guitar/Keyboard, Mark Sheehan- Lead Guitar/Backing Vocals, Glen Power- Drums/Backing Vocals. Supporting Members- Benjamin Sargeant & Rodney Alejandro) return to Dublin for their long anticipated homecoming gig. With the concert set on the grounds of the beautifully scenic Dublin Castle, it made for an incredible night.
Support came in the form of ‘Walking On Cars’ (as previously reviewed on DublinConcerts.ie) a five piece rock/pop group from Dingle, Kerry.
The venue began to fill as they started with ‘Don’t Mind Me’ but by the time they finished with their Irish hit single ‘Catch Me If You Can’, the atmosphere was definitely building. The popular ‘Tick Tock’ and ‘Two Stones’ were also included in the setlist, and overall they gave a convincing and consistent performance. They are a band who have been given strong radio support and deservedly so. Walking On Cars lyrics are genuine and soulful, and are definitely ones to watch!
The Script took to the stage almost an hour later, and by then the atmosphere was electric with anticipation. They opened with ‘Paint The Town Green’ from their brand new album. With a strong marching beat and lyrics referencing Dublin as home, it was always going to go down well. Simple green lights were used for production, and the crowd erupted.
With their fourth studio album; ‘No Sound Without Silence’ being released the day before, fans were eager to hear the new material. They weren’t disappointed. Five songs from the newest album were included in the setlist, mixed in with tracks from their previous three albums. It was an excellent way of showcasing ‘No Sound Without Silence’ as the mellow beats of ‘Man On A Wire’ were contrasted with the catchy and upbeat lyrics of ‘Superheroes’.
The energy radiating from the band was hard to miss and it was evident from their numerous speeches and thank you’s that they were genuinely thrilled to be back playing a home gig.
Their 2008 breakthrough single ‘The Man Who Can’t Be Moved’ had the entire audience singing the lyrics so loudly that the band stopped at the beginning of track to allow the crowd take over.
Lead singer Danny O’ Donoghue’s emotions shone through as he sang ‘If You Could See Me Now’. The song was written for their album #3, and was dedicated to his late father, as well as guitarist Mark Sheehan’s parents.
They “ended” the gig with ‘For The First Time’, before the encore commenced. Much to the surprise of the unsuspecting crowd, O’ Donoghue came back singing on the second floor of the castle to the side of the stage. He then proceeded to walk through the crowd where chaos ensued! They ended the concert with their #1 hit single Hall Of Fame.
The crowd was made up of a wide variety of age groups, with a very fair gender balance. This is a strong indication that as a band The Script are diverse, relevant and versatile. As well as being excellent song-writers, all three are very talented musicians. Their passion for music is clearly evident. With O’ Donoghue sporting a tri-colour microphone, their Irish roots are constantly portrayed. This is a reminder that they are a home grown band whose hard work and talent has given them worldwide success.
This was one of my favourite gigs to date. From their humble beginnings to present day, The Script prove themselves time after time. They are a band that are consistently good live, and looking forward to an announcement of their new tour dates!
Review by Anna Henderson
Photos by Anamaria Meiu