High hopes pay off as Kodaline delight fans at Marlay Park with biggest ever gig
Published 09/07/2016 | 09:40
Dublin quartet Kodaline didn’t disappoint the high hopes of 20,000 fans as they took on the biggest gig of their lives at Marlay Park.
Fans poured in from across the country to see the band perform their only 2016 Irish show, outside of Belfast, last night.
“We’ve been fans since the beginning, so to see them headline Marlay Park is a dream,” said Sabrina Smith (21) from Blanchardstown.
“It’s about time they got the respect they deserve,” added sister Celine (20).
Taking to the stage just before 9pm, the Swords band played their hits to a sold-out audience that had spent the evening eagerly awaiting their arrival.
“We got here early because we didn’t want to risk missing anything,” said Siobhan Maxwell (19), who narrowly avoided the hour-long traffic jam as she and her four friends crossed the city from Cabra.
“This was our first time seeing them live and going to a gig in Marlay Park – so we’re killing two birds today.
“We were looking forward to this all year after we missed their show last year at the 3Arena.”
Concert-goer Leah Morris (18) added: “It was One Direction last year, so I guess we’re maturing.”
“[Kodaline] appeal to all ages and the crowds they attract are just so chilled.
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“Niall Horan should give them a call – get him back in the game,” quipped Caroline Ryan (18) as the girls headed into the show.
Meanwhile, fresh from their four-hour commute from Cork City, Vicky Dawson and Jane Garvey said they had no time to be tired as the band took to the stage.
“It’s been an awful long day but we weren’t missing this,” said Vicky (34).
“We’ve never seen them live, and with nothing else announced for this year, we might never get to.
“These guys are worth every minute of it,” added her pal Jane (32).
An Garda Siochana’s traffic Twitter account got some big laughs yesterday evening as they used the band’s hit Honest to warn music lovers about heavy traffic.
The post read: “Honest, it’s tonight... Expect heavy traffic around Marlay Park for Kodaline.”