IN the words of my fiancé, “they were awesome”.
This Irish trio entertained from the moment Mark Sheehan jumped on the stage and launched into a guitar solo.
It made a nice change to see a band at the Arena who not only could play their own instruments and sing without auto-tune, but who were completely in awe of the huge crowd that was stood before them.
Grounded and popstars are two words that don’t usually go together, but lead singer Danny O’Donoghue seemed completely overwhelmed by the fans’ response. He got a bit emotional when they sang The Man Who Can’t Be Moved, the song which put them on the popular music map.
He had to wait for several minutes for the standing ovation to subside.
Their first album is still my favourite. It holds a lot of sentimental value as both myself and my fiancé spent seven months listening to it while he was serving with the Royal Marines in Afghanistan.
So to hear the likes of Talk You Down and Breakeven brought an inevitable lump to my throat.
In an unusual insight into their songwriting sessions, the band brought the contents of their living room on stage to show us how it’s done.
It was an interesting set-up but it worked and they couldn’t have chosen a better song to do sat on an old, battered sofa.
I’m yours, sung with just the strumming of a guitar, was the highlight of my night, followed closely by the crowd interaction during We Cry.
Danny spent five minutes letting over excited female fans scream the lyric down the microphone. Music to my ears it was not, but it was up there for entertainment value.
They mixed songs from their previous album and current album Science and Faith throughout the performance.
Nothing was definitely my favourite song from the new album, especially when they explained it was written about Danny who is a drunk dialler – we all do it!
Before the Dublin-born boys came on stage we were privileged to hear several songs by support act Clare Maguire.
It wasn’t just her outfit which sparkled – her captivating voice was not only powerful but note perfect. Definitely one to watch.
I left the Arena with a smile on my face and I couldn’t wait to get home and put The Script back into my CD player for a sing-a-long.