Local and International success The Script Return to Light Up Croke Park with a mind blowing performance
When The Script landed on the scene in 2008 with heart felt rock and pop anthems, they captured the heart of all listeners with their debut song “We Cry”. After this song was released, massive success followed and heartfelt ballads such as “The Man Who Can’t Be Moved” and “Breakeven” from their debut self titled album enhanced the publicity of the band. Their new album “No Sound Without Silence” went to number one in 5 countries as well as having three top ten hits.
Dublin’s Croke park is traditionally known for GAA football and hurling but is increasingly becoming more famous as a music venue. Croke park can hold a capacity of 82,300 which is almost eight times bigger than the Odyssey arena. This venue has hosted famous artists such as U2 , Red Hot Chilli Peppers, Westlife – and this band is no exception. The arena was filled with stalls, stalls and more stalls selling everything from T-shirts to alcohol.
The concert kicked off in style with The Wailers. The Wailers are a Raggae band who were formed from the remaining members of Bob Marley and the Wailers after the death of Bob Marley. They sang Reggae anthems such as “No Woman, No Cry”, “Could You Be Loved” and “I Shot The Sherriff”.
During the intervals of the bands coming on and off the stage, the crowd were singing and dancing to the tunes blasting through the speakers. The crowds were starting to flow into the stadium at this point. As the crowd in the stands started to fill, everyone started a Mexican wave which flowed magnificently around the stands. This was followed by sounds of “Olé, Olé, Olé”. The shivers could be felt down your spine with the sound of the crowd chanting and singing.
The music then fell silent as the next supporting act, Pharrell Williams arrived on the stage. The crowd began to grow louder and louder. Pharrell kicked off his part of the concert with his new song “Freedom”. He then followed this by well-known songs such as “Blurred lines”, “Marilyn Monroe”, “Get Lucky” and also included “Drop It Like It’s Hot”(Of course Provocative dancing ensued it ). To conclude his part of the gig, it had to be, of course, “Happy”. The audience were ecstatic with dancing and singing.
Then, it was that time of the evening. The Script arrived into the stadium with green flags to the song “Paint The Town Green”, being led by the one and only Danny O’Donoghue. The crowd were euphoric with the sounds of chanting. They then made their way through the audience, having photos with the crowd and signing memorabilia. Finally when they reached the stage, they sang the songs everyone came to know such as “Breakeven”, “Superheroes”and “If You Could See Me Now”. Danny asked the crowd for someone to do a prank call for him. This involved someone in the crowd ringing their ex for Danny to answer the phone. Thankfully a man in the crowd rang his ex and she answered. This was then followed by Danny and the band singing “Nothing” down the phone.
After the prank call, The Script moved to a circular stage in the middle of the audience. From this stage they sang acoustic versions of the “Man Who Can’t Be Moved” and “You Won’t Feel A Thing”. The delirious crowd were singing along to the heartfelt words of the band in chorus with cheering following each song. The band then made their way back to the main stage where they sang “Six Degrees of Separation” and “It’s Not Right For You”.
As the band left the stage the crowd started to cheer and chant. Everyone thought that the concert was finished – but that wasn’t so. The band came back out onto the stage with a firework display to the sound of “The Energy Never Dies”. Songs like “For The First Time and “No Good In Goodbye” then followed as they then finally concluded the gig with “Hall Of Fame”.
It has been one of the best concerts I have been to in a long time. The band and crowd were phenomenal. Whether you are a fan of The Script or not, I strongly advise you see them if you get the chance.
The Script come to Belfast in August at Tennent’s Vital, featuring Kodaline and Clean Bandit.
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