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Tuesday 29 July 2014

'Harry Styles? He's just a good guy'- Kodaline's Mark Prendergast talks Glastonbury, Kings of Leon, and those Harry solo album rumours

Published 02/07/2014|17:44

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Kodaline's Mark Prendergast denies that the song they wrote with Harry Styles is destined for the One Direction singer's rumoured solo album.

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Styles spent some time in studio with the Swords rockers and they wrote a song together about unrequited love.

Speaking at the launch of Guinness Amplify, a new programme supporting emerging Irish music talent, Mark said he had "no idea" what plans Harry has in store for the song.

"We just wrote a song with Harry and they reported we were writing for his solo album," said Mark.  "But we just wrote a song with Harry. That was it.  We don't know anything, honestly!"

The band found they had plenty in common with the 20-year-old One Direction star.

"He's a gent.  That's the reason we agreed to do a song with him, because we got on with him so well. He's into good music, he's into the same kinds of bands as us.  We clicked with him really well.

"There was no persona, he wasn't Harry from One Direction, he was just Harry, cool dude."

Kodaline are fresh from Glastonbury where they spent the weekend catching other bands like fellow Dublin musician Hozier, as well as performing.

On Friday July 4 they play support to Kings of Leon at Marlay Park and Mark went to see Arcade Fire at Marlay on Sunday because he "grew up listening to their songs".

Kodaline performed 'Love Like This,' the most recent single from their debut album 'In a Perfect World' as well as their breakthrough hit 'High Hopes' at the Guinness Amplify launch at 4 Dame Lane in Dublin.

The band has joined Ellie Goulding, Walking on Cars, and Daithi, in signing up with Guinness Amplify to perform surprise gigs in unknown locations across the country for five weeks from September 11.

As part of the Guinness Amplify programme, up-and-coming musicians can play support to these big name acts.

They can also avail of advice from an expert music panel including Snow Patrol drummer Jonny Quinn, musician and producer David Kitt, music blogger Niall Byrne, industry consultant Sinead Troy and Stuart Clarke from Hot Press.

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