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You think it's adorable but it's actually kinda scary!' - Kodaline reveal they were chased down the street by ardent fans in Portugal

Published 15/03/2016 | 19:53

Kodaline pictured prior to taking to the stage tonight for their acoustic preview gig in the Old Jameson Distillery. Photo: Brian McEvoy
Kodaline pictured prior to taking to the stage tonight for their acoustic preview gig in the Old Jameson Distillery. Photo: Brian McEvoy
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Kodaline's Steve has revealed he was chased down the street by ardent fans in Portugal.

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The Swords rockers have almost finished a tour of mainland Europe taking in 27 venues over 36 days and their Portuguese fans proved the most passionate.

"Jay told us that 40 per cent of our online fans are from South America and they obviously speak Portuguese in South America so maybe there's a link," explains Mark.

"For some reason we're quite big in Portugal," adds Steve.  "It was bonkers.  Everybody was scratching their heads about why, but people were on shoulders at the gigs and I couldn't walk down the street.  I had to run away from fans!"

It seems the band has achieved One Direction level fame in the country.

"It's weird because we'll turn up these random places and it's just bonkers.  in Singapore people were climbing over the railings to get in to the gigs," says Mark.

Steve denies it's One Direction level, but adds, "We were driving out and it was lik,e one of those pop star, rock star moments.  We haven't had many but that time the fans were chasing the car.  It was weird!"

Mark laughs, "You think it's adorable but when you're there it's actually kinda scary.  It's terrifying!  But looking back on it it's amazing that people in pockets of the world are that passionate about us."

Kodaline are finally back in the relative safety of Dublin and took to the stage in the intimate surroundings of the Jameson Distillery in Smithfield tonight for a free acoustic gig attended by just 70 lucky ticket holders.

On Wednesday, the eve of St Patrick's Day, they play the Jameson Bow Street Sessions at The Academy, their first headline gig at the Dublin venue.

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