Dublin rockers sell out a second Belfast date in 2015.
In an era where music is so easily bought and discarded, and consumers have such a short attention span, it’s important to remember that The Coronas have three double-platinum records under their belt, have been on the undercard of Timberlake and McCartney gigs and usually sell out everywhere they play.
Tonight was no different and a long way from their first Belfast gig in The Limelight, in the early 2000s when only 25 people turned out.
There was a definite sense of anticipation to tonight’s show and after some technical issues with the strobe lighting, it was game on.
Front man O’Reilly took every possible opportunity to get the crowd onside but equally they were willing participants. The son of Mary Black has all the talent you’d expect and a wonderful confidence that allows him to truly engage with his audience and tonight Belfast was treated to some serious musicianship and singing of the highest order.
With some fairly obvious influences in parts – not least from fellow Dubliners, U2 and in particular the Edge, it might be easy to refuse The Coronas the respect they deserve, but they have their own distinctive sound – well-crafted songs, simple, tight, controlled and infectious pop.
The Coronas' front man in fine form in Belfast. © Bernie McAllister