Friday 15 December 2017

Kodaline surprise fans with Galway pub gig alongside London Grammar

Jonny Quinn from 'Snow Patrol' and Kodaline' band members (from left) Vinny May, Steve Garrigan Jason Boland and Mark Prendergast at the launch of 'Guinness Amplify', a major new music programme supporting emerging talent in Ireland
Jonny Quinn from 'Snow Patrol' and Kodaline' band members (from left) Vinny May, Steve Garrigan Jason Boland and Mark Prendergast at the launch of 'Guinness Amplify', a major new music programme supporting emerging talent in Ireland
Jonny Quinn from 'Snow Patrol' and 'Kodaline' band members (from left) , Mark Prendergast, Jason Boland,Steve Garrigan and Vinny May at the launch of 'Guinness Amplify', a major new music programme supporting emerging talent in Ireland

Anita McSorley

Chart toppers Kodaline surprised lucky music fans in Galway last night when they played a secret gig in the city.

Just 300 fans were lucky enough to watch the Dublin band perform at the intimate show in An Pucan with British group London Grammar and singer-songwriter Dan Croll.

Jonny Quinn from 'Snow Patrol' and 'Kodaline' band members (from left) , Mark Prendergast, Jason Boland,Steve Garrigan and Vinny May at the launch of 'Guinness Amplify', a major new music programme supporting emerging talent in Ireland
Jonny Quinn from 'Snow Patrol' and 'Kodaline' band members (from left) , Mark Prendergast, Jason Boland,Steve Garrigan and Vinny May at the launch of 'Guinness Amplify', a major new music programme supporting emerging talent in Ireland

Excitement for the concert began earlier this week, when rumours about the surprise gig spread through social media.

However Kodaline only announced the location of the show just hours before taking to the stage last night.

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The concert was part of Guinness Amplify – a series of musical events where some of the biggest names in the music industry perform surprise gigs in random pubs around Ireland.

This performance comes just weeks after Hozier and Ellie Goulding delighted crowds at the Sprit Store in Dundalk.

Speaking after their concert last night, Kodaline frontman Steve said that the intimate venue reminded the band of their humble beginnings.

“We had an amazing time playing in Galway for Guinness Amplify.  Some of our most memorable first gigs were in pubs around Ireland so coming back to play in a pub venue is a nice nod to where we started out.”

Other acts scheduled to play in surprise concerts in local pubs as part of Guinness Amplify include Bastille, Rudimental and Walking On Cars.

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