Having sold out not one but two Live at the Marquee gigs, it was safe to assume Picture This would draw a very excited crowd to Monahan Road last night.
A downpour yesterday evening failed to dampen the spirits of the lucky ticket holders, who were eager to kick off the 12th year of the concert series in Cork. Seasoned Marquee-goers in head to toe rain gear mingled comfortably with younger patrons dressed up for one of their first concerts.
An increased security presence at the gates, triggered by last month’s terror attack at an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, was swift and efficient and there was no delay in making our way to the main stage.
Donegal lads John Doherty and Ryan McCloskey of Little Hours got the crowd warmed up before the main act took to the stage at 9.15pm. With a short introductory video to build suspense, they launched straight into a rousing rendition of ‘I Don’t Know Why’ before following with a major crowd-pleaser, ‘Dreams’.
The night included some of their best-known tunes, including ‘You and I’, ‘Take My Hand’ and ‘Let’s Be Young’ as well as some songs from their new album.
The band were enthusiastic about their two-night stint in Cork, telling the crowd they have been looking forward to being in the Marquee for a long time.
“We are very excited to be here tonight, we have been waiting for this night for a long time,” Ryan Hennessy told the excited crowd.
The crowd’s clear enthusiasm made for an enjoyable atmosphere, as the majority sang along with each song the band performed.
Picture This is a relatively new band, Ryan Hennessy and Jimmy Rainsford having teamed up just 18 months ago, but their music has become a daily earworm for many.
With their number one debut EP still soaring in the charts and playing on radio stations all over the country, it’s no surprise they sold out a nationwide tour, including this two-night stint in Cork.
With tickets for their upcoming UK tour being snapped up, and playing two nights in Canada next month, it’s safe to say Picture This will be staying on our radios for quite some time.
Picture This will perform at Live at the Marquee again tonight at 8pm.
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