Kodaline / Hudson Taylor

The Institute, Birmingham on Friday 8 November 2013

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Passing up the chance to celebrate someone’s birthday, a 30th birthday party in fact, was passed up to go and see one of the newest bands on the block Kodaline on their current UK tour. 

Riding high on the crest of a successful wave, is it hype? The Irish four piece, who in actual fact did live in Birmingham at one time, have been working hard playing countless gig after gig. Since their debut EP release last September and having been a prominent feature on the 'IT' list of 2013 and having one of the hippest Radio One DJ’s championing your cause only helps towards the success of the band. 

I had previously seen Kodaline at T in the Park earlier in the year and I was seriously impressed at their polished performance. They are certainly one of the bands to watch after debut album 'In a Perfect World' has rocketed them from mere obscurity in to the public eye. 

With well written songs and such a polished performance how could these guys go wrong. 

Support tonight was from Irish duo Hudson Taylor who I had been fortunate to see at Boardmasters in Newquay this year and I was impressed then. Tonight again the band showed they have what it takes to hit the big time, the audience lapped up every song of the 30 min set. Such a happy clappy sound, you’d be mad not to like this band, seriously. My partner was so impressed we tried to find out when they’re in Birmingham again.   Very impressed indeed. 

Kodaline came on at 9.30 and treated us to a set which showcased their current album. Their no frills stage set, just the band and their 'tunes', which is what it's all about.


This band are unique and shouldn't be likened to any other middle of the road band, you’ll have to see for yourself how good they are live. 

The set kicked off with 'After the Fall’, swiftly followed by 'Pray' and then the audience went ballistic at anthemic 'In a Perfect World'. I've come to the conclusion that Kodaline are a bit like Marmite, you either love them or you hate them, my partner and I have differing views, I'm obviously a lover. 

The 14 song set passed by as quick as you can say 'Jack Robinson', (It's an older generation thing!), it was over in a flash, obviously the set had a few gems in it including a Sam Cooke cover and 'High Hopes', they went down an absolute storm. 

Roll on early next year when the band tour again, hoping to be first in line to get tickets! Seriously! I think a few of the dates are already sold out.

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article by: Michelle & Trish Owen-Williams

photos by: Michelle Owen-Williams

published: 12/11/2013 09:15

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