Festivals

Thursday 10 July 2014

Irish band Kodaline cheered on by their parents at biggest gig to date

Caitlin McBride

Published 20/07/2013|18:09

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(L to r) Marie and Padraig Prendergast and Liz and Vinnie May

Irish band of the moment Kodaline played their biggest festival to date at Longitude yesterday with their biggest fans in the audience - their parents.

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Steve Garrigan, Jason Boland, Mark Prendergast and Vincent May wowed the crowds at the Marlay Park festival.

Marie and Padraig Prendergast, parents of guitarist Mark, were beaming with pride throughout the set.

"This is my first festival ever," Marie said. "Mark and Steve [Garrigan, lead singer] grew up together so they would spend a lot of time together. Other than that, we've become one big family since.

"We've travelled together around Ireland, the UK and France."

The proud parents explained that Kodaline have maintained their famous down-to-earth nature despite their rising profile.

The Dublin four-piece played an impromptu set earlier this year for six female fans who missed the ferry from Ireland to France and wowed the crowd.

As expected, the band told the audience how excited they were to be performing for a hometown crowd.

"This is f*cking awesome," Steve said of the dedicated crowd after adding a tambourine and a mandolin to their playlist. "It's great to be back in Dublin."

Earlier in the day, Hudson Taylor and Le Galaxie got the crowd to their feet.

The sold-out audience today are soaking up the sun in the 25C heat. And festival organisers are taking w dry caution for revellers' welfare with complimentary sun cream and bottles if water available at certain tents.

For more exclusive interviews with Longitude headliners, Phoenix, Foals and Kodaline, check out Independent.ie on Monday.

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