The Coronas light up their favourite venue

When it comes to Live At The Marquee, it seems The Coronas can do no wrong.

The Coronas light up their favourite venue

They must be both drained and on an emotional high today following two sold out shows on Friday and Saturday night.

And they love Cork so much that they stayed around on Sunday to watch the Ireland vs France match, with droves of fans searching the local bars for them.

No wonder Danny O’Reilly told his fans at The Marquee that the venue is the annual highlight on his touring calendar.

“This is my favourite place to play,” he says to volleys of adoration.

“I’ve said that everywhere I’m asked. This has been our favourite gig every year for the past six or seven years.”

The feeling is clearly mutual.

The venue and this audience seem like home and family to the band. Even their mistakes are adored.

“We haven’t played this one in a while,” says Danny, launching into the aptly titled ‘This Is Not A Test’. Something goes wrong. He stops.

“I told you we hadn’t done it in a while.” More yelps of approval.

Yelps for the old hits: ‘Addicted To Progress’; ‘Heroes & Ghosts’; ‘Blind Lead The Blind’; ‘Closer To You’. Yelps for the newer hits: ‘The Long Way’; ‘What A Love’; and ‘Get Loose’.

A real encore highlight was a cover of Fleetwood Mac’s ‘The Chain’, with warm-up acts Róisín O (Danny’s sister) and The Academic back on stage.

This is a very animated young crowd, full of the joys of Euro 2016, singing Olé Olé at every gap. Danny & Co laugh along.

“We’d like to dedicate this next song to Robbie Brady,” says he, and sure why not indeed?

Some years ago, the Olés were enough to send Prince home sulking from Páirc Uí Chaoimh.

Not these lads; they took it in the fun spirit in which the crowd intended it.

Five modest stars delivering a real five-star show.


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