14 March 2015
Reviewed by Debbie Lowndes
My daughter and I were lucky enough to be given the opportunity to attend a Kodaline concert at the HMV Institute in Birmingham.
Kodaline’s tour covered over 37 differing locations. All venues understated the concert on one occasion. We arrived at the venue shortly after 6.30pm. Our first impressionable was wow this must be a popular band as the queue was massive. My daughter knew of Kodaline and their songs so she was not surprised at all by the size of the queue. We collected our tickets and were direction to the correct location.
The two supporting acts were great. Kodaline took to the stage at 8.30pm to an alright welcome. Kodaline are a rock band. During the concert lead singer, Steve, mentioned that Kodaline was formed after childhood friends Stephen Garrigan and Mark Prendergast decided to recruit Vinny May Jr and Jason Boland to start a brand new band. First appearing on Irish X Factor-style program ‘You’re a Star’, the band went onto make history as the first unsigned band to hit #1 in the Irish Singles chart.
One of the best performers around, I would totally pay even more than they charged for this tour just to see them perform again! Birmingham had an amazing vibe and I just really enjoyed the whole show. They sang Ready, A Love Like This, Way Back When, Unclear, One Day, Lost, High Hopes, Coming Alive, The One, All Comes Down, Play the Game, Brand New Day, Love Will Set You Free, Honest, Big Bad World/Talk/A Perfect World Ma.
My most favourite moment was them singing High Hopes and All I Want.
Everyone was singing along and dancing. A fantastic atmosphere. I have to say the stage lighting and concert sound was truly great. My daughter was enjoying herself singing along with her arms swaying in the air. Kodaline did not mind pictures and video being taken.
I think the venue was a complete sell out. I must say that I am not surprised. It was great value for money and such a magnificent concert with a fantastic atmosphere. We were standing near the stage with great views of all of the band. I don’t think anyone moved whilst they sang as no one wanted to lose their spot.
I felt the HMV institute venue was a great location for a concert of this nature. With bars to either side of the stage where you could obtain reasonably priced drinks throughout the concert. All staff encountered at the venue were both friendly and helpful. Toilets were cleared marked, clean and very well stocked.
When the concert drew to an end at 10pm the staff quickly directed everyone out the building. Kodaline merchandise was in sale in the entrance. We did take advantage of this and we purchased a t-shirt detailing Kodaline’s tour details for keep sake. All merchandise was reasonably priced and there was a range of choice.
Both my daughter and I had an immense time. We will definitely be going to the next Kodaline tour when it comes around! It was great value for money for such an outstanding band and performance.
I would recommend this venue and tour to others.
Kodaline are now on a world tour. For more information visit www.kodaline.com. Their new album Coming Up For Air is out now!