Rock band The Script have described their homecoming Croke Park gig this weekend as the “pinnacle” of their career and a “complete mind melt”.
The trio, who have just returned from the US leg of their No Sound Without Silence tour, will take to the Croke Park stage this Saturday night in front of 80,000 screaming fans.
“It feels mental and is the biggest thing we’ve done,” guitarist Mark Sheehan said.
“When The Script kicked off no one gave a shit and thought we were American. It was tough getting people to come see us in the Sugar Club. I think we got 63 people there – most of them were family and friends.”
And now to play this place is probably the biggest mind melt.”
Playing to an Irish crowd in such an iconic venue has particular resonance for lead singer Danny O'Donoghue – whose father used to sell sandwiches outside Croke Park.
“We’re Irish we’ve all been to Croke Park before for massive sporting events,” Danny said. “To sell out in the time we did and to be the third Irish band to ever play Croke Park is amazing.”
For those unable to get tickets, the band have teamed up with Livestream to broadcast the gig to their fans worldwide.
“It’s not the same as being at the concert but it allows people who didn’t get tickets to watch it,” Danny said.
Selfie sticks, large cameras, glow sticks and audio recording devices are banned from the event.
The band are considering paying homage to the Irish students who tragically died in the Berkeley balcony collapse.
“We are talking about it,” Danny said. “Our sympathies are with family and friends obviously – we’re just watching it on the news coming in. it’s heart-breaking. They all went to Rathmines College which is where I went to.”