Wednesday 28 September 2016

High hopes pay off as Kodaline delight fans at Marlay Park with biggest ever gig

David Kearns

Published 09/07/2016 | 09:40

Kodaline pictued at Smock Alley. Picture: Finbarr O'Rourke
Kodaline pictued at Smock Alley. Picture: Finbarr O'Rourke
Friday 08 July 2016. Marlay Park, Kodaline. L to R: Anne-MArie Brannigan, Denise Gilsenan, Karen Dunne, Áine Finnegan, Louth.
Friday 08 July 2016. Marlay Park, Kodaline. L to R: Caroline Smith and Emer Nolan, Clontarf.

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.

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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).

Friday 08 July 2016. Marlay Park, Kodaline. L to R: Siobhan Maxwell, Leah Morris, Alana O'Rourke, Aisling Keogh, Caroline Ryan. Dublin.
Friday 08 July 2016. Marlay Park, Kodaline. L to R: Siobhan Maxwell, Leah Morris, Alana O'Rourke, Aisling Keogh, Caroline Ryan. Dublin.
Friday 08 July 2016. Marlay Park, Kodaline. L to R: Geraldine Carthy, Natasha Miskell and Orlaith Cunningham, Mullingar.
Friday 08 July 2016. Marlay Park, Kodaline. L to R: Conor Jennings, Caroline Smith, Emer Nolan, Matthew Oliver.
Friday 08 July 2016. Marlay Park, Kodaline. L to R: Shauna Ennis, Hayley Burke, Kim Dalton.
Friday 08 July 2016. Marlay Park, Kodaline. L to R: Vicky Dawson and Jane Garvey.
Friday 08 July 2016. Marlay Park, Kodaline. L to R: Sorcha, Roisín, Aileen and Ciara Hardy from Monaghan.
Friday 08 July 2016. Marlay Park, Kodaline. L to R: Eoin McGrath, Stacey Bargary, Amy Bargary, Alice White, Jamie Bargary. Tipperary.
Friday 08 July 2016. Marlay Park, Kodaline. People from Naas.
Friday 08 July 2016. Marlay Park, Kodaline. L to R: Sabrina and Celine Smith, Blancharstown.
Friday 08 July 2016. Marlay Park, Kodaline. L to R: Anne-MArie Brannigan, Denise Gilsenan, Karen Dunne, Áine Finnegan, Louth.
Friday 08 July 2016. Marlay Park, Kodaline. L to R: Ellen Brogan, Katie O'Flanagan, Isabelle Spellissy, Orla Murray, Aoife Danagher, Co. Clare.
Friday 08 July 2016. Marlay Park, Kodaline. L to R: Abigail Sheehan, Roisin O'Donovan, Katie Turpin, Sinead O'Bryan.
Friday 08 July 2016. Marlay Park, Kodaline. Friends from Coolock
Friday 08 July 2016. Marlay Park, Kodaline. L to R: Nicola Reilly and Maggie McGahan, Cavan.
Friday 08 July 2016. Marlay Park, Kodaline. L to R: Niamh Cummins and Stephanie Carson, Waterford.
Friday 08 July 2016. Marlay Park, Kodaline. L to R: Caroline Smith and Emer Nolan, Clontarf.
Friday 08 July 2016. Marlay Park, Kodaline. L to R: Mateus Hanudel and Jenny Ryan, Swords.

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.”

Friday 08 July 2016. Marlay Park, Kodaline. L to R: Caroline Smith and Emer Nolan, Clontarf.
Friday 08 July 2016. Marlay Park, Kodaline. L to R: Caroline Smith and Emer Nolan, Clontarf.

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.

“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.”

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