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Kodaline play New York’s Irving Plaza in support of their third album, “Politics of Living”

Kodaline performed at Irving Plaza in New York City after several shows along the East coast. With the recent release of their record Politics of Living, the band has been on a staggering rise to fame. As a follower of the band since 2013, I was super excited to hear that they were releasing a third album.

The first time I saw Kodaline perform live was in 2014. They played a small show at a home in the Hollywood Hills in Los Angeles, to promote their first record In A Perfect World. Flash forward four years, and the band was headlining Irving Plaza in New York City.

Kodaline had full command and control of the space. From the moment they walked on stage, they had the audience in the palm of their hands. Their set consisted of a nice mix of newer tracks and older songs from their previous two albums Coming Up for Air (2015) and In A Perfect World (2013). Some standout moments included the band’s performance of Head Held High and The One. Head Held High is one of those songs that can light up a room. It is a song that fills voids, provides hope, and warms hearts. When performed live, the initial thoughts I had about the song shifted. The recorded version definitely sounds clean and controlled, but when performed live it sounded significantly more raw and unfiltered.

Almost halfway through the set, lead singer Steve Garrigan was left on stage alone to perform a couple of songs acoustic. During the lead into this short solo set, Garrigan pulled out his phone and explained how one of his friends had texted him earlier that evening requesting to dedicate the next song to a couple named Tom and Fey. Apparently, the two were at the show and were massive fans of the band. The crowd cheered and awed as Garrigan read the text aloud, but there was no indication from the floor or upstairs balcony that the couple was actually present. Regardless, Garrigan gave a lovely performance of The One. His voice traveled throughout the venue and made it feel warm and full of love.

Kodaline definitely surprised me since the last time I saw them. Their confidence and stage presence have grown tremendously, along with their following. They have over six million monthly listeners on Spotify alone and have reached top spots in the UK and US charts. Kodaline is and has always been an extremely talented band in my eyes, and now it seems as though many others agree as well. The band recently finished their US tour and will begin touring overseas in Europe and Asia in late January.

Pamela Wang
Pamela Wang is a photographer/writer from Los Angeles, CA currently based in Brooklyn, NY. Find more information about her and her work at pamelawwang.com and facebook.com/pwwphotography.

Kodaline play New York’s Irving Plaza in support of their third album, “Politics of Living”

Kodaline performed at Irving Plaza in New York City after several shows along the East coast. With the recent release of their record Politics of Living, the band has been on a staggering rise to fame. As a follower of the band since 2013, I was super excited to hear that they were releasing a third album.

The first time I saw Kodaline perform live was in 2014. They played a small show at a home in the Hollywood Hills in Los Angeles, to promote their first record In A Perfect World. Flash forward four years, and the band was headlining Irving Plaza in New York City.

Kodaline had full command and control of the space. From the moment they walked on stage, they had the audience in the palm of their hands. Their set consisted of a nice mix of newer tracks and older songs from their previous two albums Coming Up for Air (2015) and In A Perfect World (2013). Some standout moments included the band’s performance of Head Held High and The One. Head Held High is one of those songs that can light up a room. It is a song that fills voids, provides hope, and warms hearts. When performed live, the initial thoughts I had about the song shifted. The recorded version definitely sounds clean and controlled, but when performed live it sounded significantly more raw and unfiltered.

Almost halfway through the set, lead singer Steve Garrigan was left on stage alone to perform a couple of songs acoustic. During the lead into this short solo set, Garrigan pulled out his phone and explained how one of his friends had texted him earlier that evening requesting to dedicate the next song to a couple named Tom and Fey. Apparently, the two were at the show and were massive fans of the band. The crowd cheered and awed as Garrigan read the text aloud, but there was no indication from the floor or upstairs balcony that the couple was actually present. Regardless, Garrigan gave a lovely performance of The One. His voice traveled throughout the venue and made it feel warm and full of love.

Kodaline definitely surprised me since the last time I saw them. Their confidence and stage presence have grown tremendously, along with their following. They have over six million monthly listeners on Spotify alone and have reached top spots in the UK and US charts. Kodaline is and has always been an extremely talented band in my eyes, and now it seems as though many others agree as well. The band recently finished their US tour and will begin touring overseas in Europe and Asia in late January.

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