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Kodaline kick-off at Live at the Marquee in style

Friday, 8th June, 2018 9:43am

Live at the Marquee returned to Leeside with a bang last night with Kodaline opening the festivities with a sold-out show.  The Dublin group have performed in this venue previously, was it possible for this year’s show to live up to their last? The answer is a definite yes!

The stage was suitably warmed up by one of our own, Stephanie Rainey, who more than held her own in the famed tent, and by 8.30pm thousands of Kodaline fans were treated to their opening number, Love Like This, which was followed by all the big hits including Brand New Day, Ready, Brother and Raging while the band also played a number of their new hits from their forthcoming album, Politics of Living, which is set for release on 10 August.

Steve Garrigan on lead vocals is a voice we’re all familiar with by now, he belted out song after song last night with his simply mesmerising voice, but he is more than ably assisted by Kodaline’s other three members, Mark Prendergast, Vincent May and Jason Boland, each a serious talent in their own right.

No doubt about it, the audience were totally captivated by the foursome who intertwined high tempo numbers with a few of their more romantic numbers such as High Hopes, The One and Love Will Set You Free – this gig had it all.

Not only that but the band themselves appeared to be relishing every second, regularly interacting with the crowd and proclaiming their love for all things Cork.

And then came the encore which began with a slightly different change of tune with a four piece acapella harmony to kick it off before Garrigan took to his harmonica and led a few verses of Dirty Old Town, the crowd happily joining in, before the show ended with Kodaline’s biggest hit of all, All I Want. It was the perfect way to round off a flawless performance from both Kodaline and the crowd. Welcome back Live at the Marquee, oh how we’ve missed you!

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