Thursday 18 October 2018

Kodaline coming home for summer

Kodaline are set to play a gig at Malahide Castle
Kodaline are set to play a gig at Malahide Castle

John Manning

Swords chart-toppers, Kodaline are to play their biggest gig in Fingal ever when they headline one of four confirmed gigs for next summer at Malahide Castle.

A triumphant homecoming for the band is promised next June when they play the castle venue as they tour their new album, which is due for release, next year.

Already confirmed to play at the castle next June are Liam Gallagher, LCD Sound System and Gorillaz and last week, the Swords band confirmed news that local fans have been waiting for a long time to hear, when they announced they would play amid the splendour of Malahide Castle on Friday, June 8, 2018.

The night before the big announcement, Kodaline teased fans on social media that big news was coming with the cryptic message 'Tomorrow. 9am!' accompanied by an Irish flag emoji.

The next day the band confirmed they would play the Malahide Castle gig just a few miles down the road from their hometown of Swords.

It's the second of Fingal's heritage properties to host the band but this concert is on a much bigger scale than the intimate gig the band played at Bremore Castle recording a special performance fro VEVO.

Confirming the Malahide Castle date, the band told fans: 'IRELAND!!! You asked, we answered! This is gonna be amazing!'

And clearly their fans agreed because the post received more than 5,000 likes and generated a lot of excitement among Kodaline fans both local and international.

This was the fourth concert to be confirmed for next summer at Malahide Castle, two more than was staged as big gigs returned to the castle last June.

However, the Fingal Independent understands that promoters may not stop at four dates at the castle for next summer and negotiations are ongoing with two other big name acts to stage a further two concerts at the venue, bringing the dates to six for the summer of 2018.

Once again, Fingal County Council will team up with MCD for the gigs - a partnership that worked well this summer when major gigs at the castle returned after a long absence.

The capacity for this summer's gigs at the castle was around 20,000 and it's expected a similar number of punters will attend the concerts next June.

Stepping up the number of gigs at the venue indicates that the promoters and the council see Malahide Castle as being a regular fixture on the summer concert scene in Ireland and locals can expect the events to become an annual feature of life in Malahide and will bring welcome business to the town.

Before the Malahide gig, Kodaline will be at home this Christmas to play the big New Year's Eve gig in Dublin's City Centre.

Tickets for the Malahide show went on sale on Friday.

It promises to be a homecoming gig not to be missed and one of the certain highlights of next summer's calendar of events in Fingal.

Fingal Independent