Favourites Coronas light up Mar­quee

Irish Examiner - - News - Cather­ine Shana­han

By now a well-estab­lished party in the big­gest tent in the coun­try, last night saw the re­turn of peren­nial favourites The Coronas to rock the Mar­quee.

They’ve en­gaged with this staple of the Cork mu­sic cal­en­dar as far back as 2012, in­spir­ing an ex­clu­sive Cork cover for Hot Press last year.

Head­lin­ing two con­sec­u­tive nights at the Mar­quee this year, they bring the cur­tain down on the sum­mer mu­sic fes­ti­val tonight end­ing more than a month-long run of per­for­mances, from in­ter­na­tional acts such as Ala­nis Moris­sette, Kraftwerk in 3D, and Don McLean, to ebul­lient crowd-pleaser Chic fea­tur­ing the in­de­fati­ga­ble Nile Rodgers, and top Irish acts Ko­da­line and The Script.

This year’s event was par­tic­u­larly en­joy­able on ac­count of fes­ti­val-go­ers un­fet­tered ac­cess to mood-im­prov­ing sun­shine since the gigs kicked off on June 7.

The mood was out­stand­ingly good for Coronas front­man Danny O’Reilly, for whom play­ing live is as es­sen­tial to health as daily vi­ta­min D in­take.

O’Reilly feeds off the en­ergy of his au­di­ence and en­ergy lev­els were across a pretty broad fan base, among them Amy Barry from Cork City and Tara O’Leary from Kerry Pike. It was their first Mar­quee gig of the year and while they wouldn’t de­scribe them­selves as “mega” Coronas fans, they reckon the four Dublin lads were the best in this year’s lineup.

Joe and Ger Hay­den from Ballincol­lig, Co Cork, were most def­i­nitely Coronas fans. They were at the gig two years ago. Ger is also a fan of Danny’s mother, Mary Black.

The love is “across the gen­er­a­tions”, says Ger.

Ev­ery­one was feel­ing the love when Danny and his band rocked up, straight down to busi­ness with ‘Real Feel’, off­set by a su­per light show and a con­fetti shower more im­pres­sive than any Trumpian ticker tape pa­rade.

Next up, ‘San Diego’ fol­lowed by ‘Ad­dicted to Progress’, a clear crowd favourite.

“Beau­ti­ful”, was the first word Danny ut­tered as he paused to hear his fans belt out his song

“Thank you Cork, it’s so good to be back. Thank you for spend­ing Fri­day night with us,” he said as the fans roared back their mu­tual ap­proval.

It just got bet­ter and bet­ter, with ev­ery­one giv­ing it welly, from ‘Give Me A Minute’ to ‘Some­one Else’s Hand’ and fi­nally, when time ran out, it all ended. ‘Just Like That’.

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