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Steve Garrigan and Vinny May Jr on drums from Irish rock band Kodaline performing at Custom House Square, Belfast for CHSq presents. Thursday 23rd August 2018. Picture by Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX

Steve Garrigan and Vinny May Jr on drums from Irish rock band Kodaline performing at Custom House Square, Belfast for CHSq presents. Thursday 23rd August 2018. Picture by Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX

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Lewis Capaldi performing at Custom House Square, Belfast for CHSq presents. Thursday 23rd August 2018. Picture by Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX

Lewis Capaldi performing at Custom House Square, Belfast for CHSq presents. Thursday 23rd August 2018. Picture by Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX

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Steve Garrigan and Vinny May Jr on drums from Irish rock band Kodaline performing at Custom House Square, Belfast for CHSq presents. Thursday 23rd August 2018. Picture by Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX

With a birthday and a proposal, it was a night that will be sure to live long in the memories of many of those that descended on Belfast's Custom House Square for Kodaline.

The Dublin band were the latest to appear at the venue for a series of gigs, after performances by George Ezra and Kasabian over the past couple of weeks.

Support acts were power-pop band Brand New Friend from Castlerock and Scottish songwriter Lewis Capaldi, who supported Niall Horan on his world tour earlier this year.

Capaldi invited the Belfast crowd to his December gig at Limelight, before gracing them with Maybe, in which the talented songwriter sampled The Killers' All These Things That I've Done.

The gig was worth going to for Capaldi alone. It was impossible not to be captured by his voice as its husky tones resounded in the Square.

"If you've liked what you heard, please tell everyone you know about it," Capaldi requsted.  "And if you didn't like it, keep it to your f***ing self."

What was not to love.

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The rain came on as the 21-year-old left the stage and a panic for ponchos set in amongst the crowd. So much so that they sold out in minutes, leaving many without.

But the rain seemed insignificant once Kodaline opened with their 2013 single, Love Like This, complete with giggling lead singer Steve Garrigan.

A welcome distraction.

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Music fans out to see Kodaline performing at Custom House Square, Belfast for CHSq presents. Thursday 23rd August 2018. Picture by Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX

Music fans out to see Kodaline performing at Custom House Square, Belfast for CHSq presents. Thursday 23rd August 2018. Picture by Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX

Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX

Music fans out to see Kodaline performing at Custom House Square, Belfast for CHSq presents. Thursday 23rd August 2018. Picture by Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX

Music fans out to see Kodaline performing at Custom House Square, Belfast for CHSq presents. Thursday 23rd August 2018. Picture by Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX

Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX

Music fans out to see Kodaline performing at Custom House Square, Belfast for CHSq presents. Thursday 23rd August 2018. Picture by Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX

Music fans out to see Kodaline performing at Custom House Square, Belfast for CHSq presents. Thursday 23rd August 2018. Picture by Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX

Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX

Music fans out to see Kodaline performing at Custom House Square, Belfast for CHSq presents. Thursday 23rd August 2018. Picture by Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX

Music fans out to see Kodaline performing at Custom House Square, Belfast for CHSq presents. Thursday 23rd August 2018. Picture by Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX

Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX

Music fans out to see Kodaline performing at Custom House Square, Belfast for CHSq presents. Thursday 23rd August 2018. Picture by Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX

Music fans out to see Kodaline performing at Custom House Square, Belfast for CHSq presents. Thursday 23rd August 2018. Picture by Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX

Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX

Music fans out to see Kodaline performing at Custom House Square, Belfast for CHSq presents. Thursday 23rd August 2018. Picture by Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX

Music fans out to see Kodaline performing at Custom House Square, Belfast for CHSq presents. Thursday 23rd August 2018. Picture by Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX

Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX

Music fans out to see Kodaline performing at Custom House Square, Belfast for CHSq presents. Thursday 23rd August 2018. Picture by Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX

Music fans out to see Kodaline performing at Custom House Square, Belfast for CHSq presents. Thursday 23rd August 2018. Picture by Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX

Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX

Music fans out to see Kodaline performing at Custom House Square, Belfast for CHSq presents. Thursday 23rd August 2018. Picture by Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX

Music fans out to see Kodaline performing at Custom House Square, Belfast for CHSq presents. Thursday 23rd August 2018. Picture by Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX

Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX

Music fans out to see Kodaline performing at Custom House Square, Belfast for CHSq presents. Thursday 23rd August 2018. Picture by Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX

Music fans out to see Kodaline performing at Custom House Square, Belfast for CHSq presents. Thursday 23rd August 2018. Picture by Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX

Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX

Music fans out to see Kodaline performing at Custom House Square, Belfast for CHSq presents. Thursday 23rd August 2018. Picture by Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX

Music fans out to see Kodaline performing at Custom House Square, Belfast for CHSq presents. Thursday 23rd August 2018. Picture by Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX

Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX

Music fans out to see Kodaline performing at Custom House Square, Belfast for CHSq presents. Thursday 23rd August 2018. Picture by Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX

Music fans out to see Kodaline performing at Custom House Square, Belfast for CHSq presents. Thursday 23rd August 2018. Picture by Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX

Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX

Music fans out to see Kodaline performing at Custom House Square, Belfast for CHSq presents. Thursday 23rd August 2018. Picture by Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX

Music fans out to see Kodaline performing at Custom House Square, Belfast for CHSq presents. Thursday 23rd August 2018. Picture by Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX

Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX

Music fans out to see Kodaline performing at Custom House Square, Belfast for CHSq presents. Thursday 23rd August 2018. Picture by Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX

Music fans out to see Kodaline performing at Custom House Square, Belfast for CHSq presents. Thursday 23rd August 2018. Picture by Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX

Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX

Music fans out to see Kodaline performing at Custom House Square, Belfast for CHSq presents. Thursday 23rd August 2018. Picture by Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX

Music fans out to see Kodaline performing at Custom House Square, Belfast for CHSq presents. Thursday 23rd August 2018. Picture by Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX

Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX

Music fans out to see Kodaline performing at Custom House Square, Belfast for CHSq presents. Thursday 23rd August 2018. Picture by Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX

Music fans out to see Kodaline performing at Custom House Square, Belfast for CHSq presents. Thursday 23rd August 2018. Picture by Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX

Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX

Music fans out to see Kodaline performing at Custom House Square, Belfast for CHSq presents. Thursday 23rd August 2018. Picture by Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX

Music fans out to see Kodaline performing at Custom House Square, Belfast for CHSq presents. Thursday 23rd August 2018. Picture by Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX

Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX

Music fans out to see Kodaline performing at Custom House Square, Belfast for CHSq presents. Thursday 23rd August 2018. Picture by Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX

Music fans out to see Kodaline performing at Custom House Square, Belfast for CHSq presents. Thursday 23rd August 2018. Picture by Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX

Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX

Music fans out to see Kodaline performing at Custom House Square, Belfast for CHSq presents. Thursday 23rd August 2018. Picture by Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX

Music fans out to see Kodaline performing at Custom House Square, Belfast for CHSq presents. Thursday 23rd August 2018. Picture by Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX

Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX

Music fans out to see Kodaline performing at Custom House Square, Belfast for CHSq presents. Thursday 23rd August 2018. Picture by Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX

Music fans out to see Kodaline performing at Custom House Square, Belfast for CHSq presents. Thursday 23rd August 2018. Picture by Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX

Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX

Music fans out to see Kodaline performing at Custom House Square, Belfast for CHSq presents. Thursday 23rd August 2018. Picture by Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX

Music fans out to see Kodaline performing at Custom House Square, Belfast for CHSq presents. Thursday 23rd August 2018. Picture by Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX

Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX

Music fans out to see Kodaline performing at Custom House Square, Belfast for CHSq presents. Thursday 23rd August 2018. Picture by Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX

Music fans out to see Kodaline performing at Custom House Square, Belfast for CHSq presents. Thursday 23rd August 2018. Picture by Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX

Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX

Music fans out to see Kodaline performing at Custom House Square, Belfast for CHSq presents. Thursday 23rd August 2018. Picture by Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX

Music fans out to see Kodaline performing at Custom House Square, Belfast for CHSq presents. Thursday 23rd August 2018. Picture by Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX

Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX

Music fans out to see Kodaline performing at Custom House Square, Belfast for CHSq presents. Thursday 23rd August 2018. Picture by Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX

Music fans out to see Kodaline performing at Custom House Square, Belfast for CHSq presents. Thursday 23rd August 2018. Picture by Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX

Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX

Music fans out to see Kodaline performing at Custom House Square, Belfast for CHSq presents. Thursday 23rd August 2018. Picture by Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX

Music fans out to see Kodaline performing at Custom House Square, Belfast for CHSq presents. Thursday 23rd August 2018. Picture by Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX

Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX

Music fans out to see Kodaline performing at Custom House Square, Belfast for CHSq presents. Thursday 23rd August 2018. Picture by Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX

Music fans out to see Kodaline performing at Custom House Square, Belfast for CHSq presents. Thursday 23rd August 2018. Picture by Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX

Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX

Music fans out to see Kodaline performing at Custom House Square, Belfast for CHSq presents. Thursday 23rd August 2018. Picture by Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX

Music fans out to see Kodaline performing at Custom House Square, Belfast for CHSq presents. Thursday 23rd August 2018. Picture by Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX

Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX

Music fans out to see Kodaline performing at Custom House Square, Belfast for CHSq presents. Thursday 23rd August 2018. Picture by Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX

Music fans out to see Kodaline performing at Custom House Square, Belfast for CHSq presents. Thursday 23rd August 2018. Picture by Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX

Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX

Music fans out to see Kodaline performing at Custom House Square, Belfast for CHSq presents. Thursday 23rd August 2018. Picture by Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX

Music fans out to see Kodaline performing at Custom House Square, Belfast for CHSq presents. Thursday 23rd August 2018. Picture by Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX

Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX

Music fans out to see Kodaline performing at Custom House Square, Belfast for CHSq presents. Thursday 23rd August 2018. Picture by Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX

Music fans out to see Kodaline performing at Custom House Square, Belfast for CHSq presents. Thursday 23rd August 2018. Picture by Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX

Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX

Music fans out to see Kodaline performing at Custom House Square, Belfast for CHSq presents. Thursday 23rd August 2018. Picture by Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX

Music fans out to see Kodaline performing at Custom House Square, Belfast for CHSq presents. Thursday 23rd August 2018. Picture by Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX

Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX

Music fans out to see Kodaline performing at Custom House Square, Belfast for CHSq presents. Thursday 23rd August 2018. Picture by Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX

Music fans out to see Kodaline performing at Custom House Square, Belfast for CHSq presents. Thursday 23rd August 2018. Picture by Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX

Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX

Music fans out to see Kodaline performing at Custom House Square, Belfast for CHSq presents. Thursday 23rd August 2018. Picture by Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX

Music fans out to see Kodaline performing at Custom House Square, Belfast for CHSq presents. Thursday 23rd August 2018. Picture by Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX

Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX

Music fans out to see Kodaline performing at Custom House Square, Belfast for CHSq presents. Thursday 23rd August 2018. Picture by Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX

Music fans out to see Kodaline performing at Custom House Square, Belfast for CHSq presents. Thursday 23rd August 2018. Picture by Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX

Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX

Music fans out to see Kodaline performing at Custom House Square, Belfast for CHSq presents. Thursday 23rd August 2018. Picture by Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX

Music fans out to see Kodaline performing at Custom House Square, Belfast for CHSq presents. Thursday 23rd August 2018. Picture by Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX

Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX

Music fans out to see Kodaline performing at Custom House Square, Belfast for CHSq presents. Thursday 23rd August 2018. Picture by Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX

Music fans out to see Kodaline performing at Custom House Square, Belfast for CHSq presents. Thursday 23rd August 2018. Picture by Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX

Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX

Music fans out to see Kodaline performing at Custom House Square, Belfast for CHSq presents. Thursday 23rd August 2018. Picture by Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX

Music fans out to see Kodaline performing at Custom House Square, Belfast for CHSq presents. Thursday 23rd August 2018. Picture by Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX

Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX

Music fans out to see Kodaline performing at Custom House Square, Belfast for CHSq presents. Thursday 23rd August 2018. Picture by Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX

Music fans out to see Kodaline performing at Custom House Square, Belfast for CHSq presents. Thursday 23rd August 2018. Picture by Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX

Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX

Music fans out to see Kodaline performing at Custom House Square, Belfast for CHSq presents. Thursday 23rd August 2018. Picture by Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX

Music fans out to see Kodaline performing at Custom House Square, Belfast for CHSq presents. Thursday 23rd August 2018. Picture by Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX

Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX

Music fans out to see Kodaline performing at Custom House Square, Belfast for CHSq presents. Thursday 23rd August 2018. Picture by Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX

Music fans out to see Kodaline performing at Custom House Square, Belfast for CHSq presents. Thursday 23rd August 2018. Picture by Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX

Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX

Lewis Capaldi performing at Custom House Square, Belfast for CHSq presents. Thursday 23rd August 2018. Picture by Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX

Lewis Capaldi performing at Custom House Square, Belfast for CHSq presents. Thursday 23rd August 2018. Picture by Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX

Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX

Lewis Capaldi performing at Custom House Square, Belfast for CHSq presents. Thursday 23rd August 2018. Picture by Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX

Lewis Capaldi performing at Custom House Square, Belfast for CHSq presents. Thursday 23rd August 2018. Picture by Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX

Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX

Lewis Capaldi performing at Custom House Square, Belfast for CHSq presents. Thursday 23rd August 2018. Picture by Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX

Lewis Capaldi performing at Custom House Square, Belfast for CHSq presents. Thursday 23rd August 2018. Picture by Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX

Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX

Lewis Capaldi performing at Custom House Square, Belfast for CHSq presents. Thursday 23rd August 2018. Picture by Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX

Lewis Capaldi performing at Custom House Square, Belfast for CHSq presents. Thursday 23rd August 2018. Picture by Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX

Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX

Steve Garrigan from Irish rock band Kodaline performing at Custom House Square, Belfast for CHSq presents. Thursday 23rd August 2018. Picture by Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX

Steve Garrigan from Irish rock band Kodaline performing at Custom House Square, Belfast for CHSq presents. Thursday 23rd August 2018. Picture by Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX

Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX

Steve Garrigan from Irish rock band Kodaline performing at Custom House Square, Belfast for CHSq presents. Thursday 23rd August 2018. Picture by Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX

Steve Garrigan from Irish rock band Kodaline performing at Custom House Square, Belfast for CHSq presents. Thursday 23rd August 2018. Picture by Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX

Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX

Fans singing along to Irish rock band Kodaline as they perform at Custom House Square, Belfast for CHSq presents. Thursday 23rd August 2018. Picture by Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX

Fans singing along to Irish rock band Kodaline as they perform at Custom House Square, Belfast for CHSq presents. Thursday 23rd August 2018. Picture by Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX

Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX

Mark Prendergast from Irish rock band Kodaline performing at Custom House Square, Belfast for CHSq presents. Thursday 23rd August 2018. Picture by Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX

Mark Prendergast from Irish rock band Kodaline performing at Custom House Square, Belfast for CHSq presents. Thursday 23rd August 2018. Picture by Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX

Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX

Jason Boland from Irish rock band Kodaline performing at Custom House Square, Belfast for CHSq presents. Thursday 23rd August 2018. Picture by Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX

Jason Boland from Irish rock band Kodaline performing at Custom House Square, Belfast for CHSq presents. Thursday 23rd August 2018. Picture by Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX

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Steve Garrigan from Irish rock band Kodaline performing at Custom House Square, Belfast for CHSq presents. Thursday 23rd August 2018. Picture by Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX

Steve Garrigan from Irish rock band Kodaline performing at Custom House Square, Belfast for CHSq presents. Thursday 23rd August 2018. Picture by Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX

Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX

Steve Garrigan and Vinny May Jr on drums from Irish rock band Kodaline performing at Custom House Square, Belfast for CHSq presents. Thursday 23rd August 2018. Picture by Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX

Steve Garrigan and Vinny May Jr on drums from Irish rock band Kodaline performing at Custom House Square, Belfast for CHSq presents. Thursday 23rd August 2018. Picture by Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX

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Music fans out to see Kodaline performing at Custom House Square, Belfast for CHSq presents. Thursday 23rd August 2018. Picture by Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX

The  band performed the best known tracks from her first album In A Perfect World, including their number one single, High Hopes.

In between songs, band member Mark Pendergast revealed it was Garrigan's birthday, and ordered a rendition of "happy birthday". Bashful Garrigan thanked the crowd for their questionable singing and revealed there was no place he would rather spend his 30th.

And there were celebrations all round as a couple who were invited on stage got engaged.

The band also teased the release of their new album which will be released later this year, playing their single from it, Follow Your Fire.

Kodaline closed with a crowd-pleasing encore that included I Wouldn't Be, In a Perfect World and All I Want, during which, the Belfast crowd proved that there truly is no crowd like us, seeing the band's last gig of the summer off in style.


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