Published 04/07/2011 | 05:00
It's taken a little over three years for The Script to graduate from the 350-capacity Sugar Club in Dublin to the 51,000-seater Aviva Stadium. What's remarkable is how inevitable they have made that journey seem.
When a band enjoys roller-coaster success, a trail of smashed hotel rooms and beaten-up paparazzi usually smoulders in their wake, but The Script's professionalism has kept shenanigans at arm's length.
Their most outrageous act was to start a media feud with Jarvis Cocker, which is rather like kicking sand in the face of the weediest kid in the playground.
Initially, the James Street trio of Danny O'Donoghue, Mark Sheehan and Glen Power, were pitched as Ireland's answer to American soft rockers Maroon 5. With their relentlessly gushing second LP, Science and Faith, high in the American and UK charts, it would be more accurate to describe them as the Celtic Coldplay.
Frontman O'Donoghue (pictured) specialises in overblown emoting of a sort that would appear ridiculous anywhere other than before a swooning arena.
Still, set your scepticism aside and there are reasons to be positive. Slathered in sentimentality they may be, but the group-hug histrionics of We Cry and Talk You Down have a certain logic in the super-sized context of an Aviva show.
Tellingly, the big reveal is a hook-up with rapper Tinie Tempah on the fantastic Written In The Stars. For a brief moment there is a feeling that The Script are venturing beyond their anthemic-rock safety zone. Otherwise, the syrup flows unchecked all night.