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Kodaline - O2 Shepherd's Bush Empire, London - November 10 2013 (Live Review)

Thursday, 14 November 2013 Written by Katie Territt

Kodaline haven’t quite achieved household name status just yet, but it’s more than likely that you’ve heard their songs, either through regular radio play, an episode of Grey’s Anatomy or even as the background music to Google’s Zeitgeist 2012 video.

Despite the band making sweet music together for a number of years, it’s only this year that people are finally sitting up and taking notice. With a recent #3 UK album, ‘In A Perfect World’, under their belts, the Dublin-based rock band hit the road. The tour’s London date just happened to be a sold out show at the legendary Shepherd’s Bush Empire.

Lead singer Stephen Garrigan oozed a mixture of humility and awe when addressing the packed crowd, but when his rich, soulful tone hits the ears, it’s wrapped up neatly in a package of confidence and charisma.

The biggest reactions were unsurprisingly saved for the singles Love Like This and Brand New Day, as well as the fantastic All I Want.

The crowd sung back every word, particularly when Garrigan stepped away from the mic, leaving the fans to take the lead on the chorus of High Hopes, the band’s biggest single success to date.

A clear highlight of the night was also the band’s venture onto the balcony, for a beautiful rendition of Sam Cooke’s Bring It On Home To Me. Accompanied by just an acoustic guitar, their vocals were stunning and harmonies spot on.

Kodaline delivered exactly what was expected of them - a faultless set of emotion, soul and songs that bring either a lump to the throat or a tear to the eye. Today, Shepherd’s Bush. Tomorrow, stadiums are calling.

Kodaline UK & Ireland Tour Dates are as follows

Thu November 14 2013 - GLASGOW O2 ABC
Sat November 16 2013 - GATESHEAD Sage Gateshead
Sun November 17 2013 - MANCHESTER The Ritz
Mon November 18 2013 - BRISTOL O2 Academy Bristol
Wed November 20 2013 - BELFAST The Limelight
Fri November 22 2013 - DUBLIN Olympia Theatre
Sat November 23 2013 - DUBLIN Olympia Theatre
Fri March 14 2014 - KILLARNEY INEC - Gleneagle Hotel
Sat March 15 2014 - BELFAST Ulster Hall Belfast
Sun March 16 2014 - DUBLIN The O2
Tue March 18 2014 - GLASGOW Barrowland
Wed March 19 2014 - MANCHESTER Manchester Academy
Thu March 20 2014 - BIRMINGHAM O2 Academy Birmingham
Fri March 21 2014 - LONDON O2 Academy Brixton

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