Belfast Telegraph

Kodaline live up to Belfast's High Hopes

By Claire Williamson

Their fans had High Hopes for Kodaline in Belfast - and they weren't disappointed.

It's been a long wait since August when the foursome of Steve Garrigan, Jason Boland, Mark Prendergrast and Vincent May announced their Belfast date of the Coming Up For Air tour during Tennent's Vital festival.

Speaking to the Belfast Telegraph during the festival the band said they couldn't wait to play in Northern Ireland - they meant it.

Despite Kodaline's melancholy and often reflective songs, the fans were ready to go wild from the minute they appeared on stage.

The curtain fell and the night got off to an upbeat start as they kicked off with Ready complete with a mesmerizing light show.

The boys from Swords in Dublin were met with a raucous crowd ready to sing every line back to them.

They reiterated their earlier sentiments telling the captivated crowd: "We always love coming to Belfast."

And indeed Belfast made them feel very welcome as they sang through their growing catalogue of hits including The One, Love Like This, Love Will Set you Free and Honest.

With lead singer Steve Garrigan even commenting on the skill of hitting the high notes as he name-dropped Belfast in to a few songs whipping the fans into a further frenzy.

Steve's voice was pure velvet as it rang out through the Waterfront Hall, creating powerful moments and equally drawing the crowd in for tender moments.

And among the most epic moments which showed the band's control over light and shade was the now classic High Hopes.

The haunting melody rang out through the Waterfront Hall as the crowd fell silent momentarily before joining back in in full voice.

And when the boys went off before the encore - Belfast didn't waste a minute as they started to sing the chorus of All I Want to welcome them back

Touched by the moment the foursome grinned as they returned to do three more songs to the delight of the crowd.

Kodaline promised they would be back and judging by the sold out Waterfront crowd they certainly won't need to 'Hope' that anyone turns up.

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