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Kodaline (formed 2005) are an alternative rock band from Dublin consisting of vocalist Stephen Garrigan, guitarist Mark Prendergast, drummer Vinny May and bassist Jason Boland.

Formation: Kodaline started out named 21 Demands. They topped the Irish Singles Chart in 2007 with their debut single 'Give Me A Minute' making history by it becoming the first independently-released track to do so. In 2011, they changed the band name to Kodaline.

Career: Kodaline released their debut EP 'The Kodaline EP' in 2012 with one of the songs, 'All I Want', being well-received reaching the UK chart and being lauded Record of the Week on BBC Radio 1. The song also made an appearance on an episode of 'Grey's Anatomy'. They were nominated for the BBC's Sound of 2013 poll in 2012 as well as MTV's Brand New For 2013. Their 2013 single 'High Hopes', from their second EP of the same name, became their second track to top the Irish Singles Chart. They announced the release of their debut album 'In a Perfect World' in 2012.

Biography by Contactmusic.com

Kodaline's McLovin It With The New Single, Ready


Irish rock band Kodaline is starting to assert its dominance in the international music world with the recruitment of Superbad’s very own McLovin in the video for the latest single, Ready.

KodalineKodaline is shooting for big stars with the new video, Ready

Christopher Mintz-Plasse plays a determined injured jockey in the video which accompanies the track that has been recorded in support of the Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund (PDJF), a charity that provides financial assistance to former jockeys who have suffered catastrophic on-track injuries.

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Calvin Harris And Kasabian To Headline V Festival 2015

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Calvin Harris and Kasabian have been announced as headliners for this year's V Festival. The Scottish DJ and Leicester rockers were head up the bill at Hylands Park and Weston Park and will be joined by Sam Smith, James Bay, Ellie Goulding, The Script, George Ezra, Stereophonics, Olly Murs, Ella Henderson, Kodaline and Cvhrches.

KasabianKasabian will headline this year's V Festival 

Simon Moran, V Festival director, said: "We wanted to champion British talent at this year's festival and with the likes of Calvin and Kasabian leading the way we don't think it'll disappoint. The eclectic mix of established artists and rising stars, with a few more in the pipeline, means that once again there is something for everyone at V Festival."

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Kodaline - Coming Up For Air Album Review

Kodaline are an Irish quartet who released their debut album 'In A Perfect World' in 2013, topping the charts for nine weeks in their homeland and selling a very respectable 350,000 units.  This follow-up saw them collaborate with Jacknife Lee, a cohort of Snow Patrol and Taylor Swift, and sees them play headline UK shows in the coming month before touring North America.

Kodaline - Coming Up For Air Album Review

For a quick guide to what 'Coming Up For Air' is all about, a listen of the bookend tracks provides an accurate summary.  'Honest' is a pop-rock number that sits comfortably on daytime radio, with no danger or, indeed, intent to offend, and features a chorus targeting arenas.  The closing 'Love Will Set You Free' is a piano-based ballad that sees Steve Garrigan resembling Maroon 5's Adam Levine.  It builds to what is intended to be a stirring finale, though it is debatable as to whether this is really achieved given the suspect emotion of the performance.  Between these tracks, 'Autopilot' feels expansive and liberated, but the Gaelic flavour of 'Unclear' plods along aimlessly and should have been omitted.   The fluctuation in quality continues throughout the album - 'Ready' is a fun and likeable romp, but gets followed by the overblown 'Better', which is a lesson in how to take the power-ballad beyond enjoyable limits.  There is no doubt that they remain at all times open to mass-market appeal, but the results here are very much hit-and-miss.  At their best, they can match countrymen The Script, but they need to find consistency.


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Jason Boland and Kodaline - Kodaline performs an exclusive acoustic gig at HMV for 400 fans who purchased their new album 'Coming Up For Air.' Kodaline is the first act to perform as part of a new partnership between HMV and Dublin venue Whelans. - Dublin, Ireland - Saturday 7th February 2015

Jason Boland and Kodaline

Steve Garrigan - Kodaline lead singer Steve Garrigan seen strolling down Grafton Street. The Irish rockers were forced to cancel their entire North American tour recently when bassist Jay Bolan broke his arm, Dublin - Dublin, Ireland - Monday 20th October 2014

Kodaline and Steve Garrigan

Keep Calm And Party On! London's Ten Most Exciting Festivals For 2014

Field Day LoveBox The Pixies Metronomy Neutral Milk Hotel James Blake Camden Crawl Atari Teenage Riot Ghetts Chase and Status Mia Wireless Festival Kanye West Drake The Subways Somerset House Kodaline Calling Festival Aerosmith McBusted Black Sabbath Eagulls Polica LeeFest The Great Escape

If you want a unique festival experience this year, London could be the place for you. Featuring a diverse range of events from the independent ethics of Jabberwocky to the mainstream attitude of Wireless, 2014 is not all about the States.

The UK is home to some incredible, highly respected music festivals such as Isle of Wight Festival, Leeds and Reading Festival and, of course, Glastonbury - but just what do we have in store from the nation's capital? London is unquestionably the UK's most vibrant city and, when it comes to music, there's really no denying that. The rest of the world may have SXSW, Coachella, Ultra and Exit (to name but a very small few), but London has a plethora of unique local events with line-ups and atmospheres that really prove their worth - and we're here to share them with you.

Jabberwocky 2014 logoJabberwocky (August 15th-16th)
All Tomorrow's Parties present this brand new festival for 2014, co-hosted by Pitchfork and Primavera Sound and set to take place at The Excel Centre this August. For its inaugural event, Jabberwocky will see headline acts from Neutral Milk Hotel, James Blake, Darkside and Caribou, not to mention support from Kurt Vile & The Violators, Hookworms and Electric Wizard. Like many of the best festivals, it's not all about the music as Jabberwocky will be hosting some film events and, as the name suggests, there'll be plenty of art to enjoy too. Tickets are priced at £38.50 per day.

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Pinkpop 2014 Announce Headliners The Rolling Stones, Arctic Monkeys, Metallica Plus Many More

Posted on12 March 2014

Pinkpop 2014 Announce Headliners The Rolling Stones,  Arctic Monkeys, Metallica Plus Many More

'Bbc Radio 1's Live Lounge 2013' Album Is Released On 28 October 2013 With Appearances From Rudimental, Bastille Plus Many More

Posted on11 October 2013

'Bbc Radio 1'S Live Lounge 2013' Album Is Released On 28 October 2013 With Appearances From Rudimental, Bastille Plus Many More

CMJ Music Marathon Returns In Its 33rd Year With More Incredible Showcases

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CMJ Music Marathon 2013

The CMJ Music Marathon comes to New York City for its 33rd year bringing with it hundreds of seminal artists from the newly emerging to the well-established.

CMJ has been holding electrifying music events over the course of its existence as well as publishing a weekly music magazine for music and college radio stations. This year will be no different in excellence on its journey through New York from October 15th-19th as it fills over 80 venues across the city with more than 1,000 incredible musical showcases. There will also be a range of other musical events including seminars Q&A sessions, amazing parties, workshops and other special activities.

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Kodaline - In A Perfect World Album Review

Kodaline's debut album 'In A Perfect World' predominantly consists of romanticised pop ballads which share similar attributes to bands like Mumford and Sons, Bastille and Of Monsters and Men - a classic combination of pop and modern folk. 

Kodaline - In A Perfect World Album Review

Opening track One Day (no relation to the David Nicholls novel except for the same desired, romantic impact) is fuelled on inspiring lyrics which are projected through the high-pitched yet admirable vocal of Stephen Garriganand whilst the slow percussive tempo puts you into an intentional depressed state which is maintained throughout hit song 'All I Want'. It is no surprise that the single received the expected, mass success it did, appealing to a large demographic spanning from 'alternative' teenagers to the 'cool' mother, relating to anybody who has ever been left heartbroken. 

The Irish quartet prove that with an increase in the tempo they can create a happy, summer theme in 'Love Like This', which edges on a sound similar to the Lumineers with a Bluegrass pop twist. Unfortunately, despite the change in tempo and key, the lyrics are reminiscent of the entire theme of the album, unrequited love, contradicting the major keys and upbeat tempo. 

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Kodaline - The High Hopes EP Review

Dublin four-piece Kodaline release their second EP, 'The High Hopes', perhaps wanting to raise everyone's hopes in enough time for those who enjoyed to listen/purchase their debut album, 'In A Perfect World', due to be released in June. Their first four-track EP 'The Kodaline' came out last September. 'The High Hopes' is an odd mix of tracks, namely two originals, a cover and a remix of a song from the previous EP, 'All I Want', by Everything Everything. Everyone seemed to have a lot of love for the video for 'All I Want'. It featured a contemporary Beauty and the Beast theme set in a generic office, not a castle or palace. All the tracks on the EP, minus the remix, are accompanied by heartfelt visual offerings. Kodaline seem to have mastered the art of melancholic concept videos filled with desperation, love and heart, giving a powerful voice to the tracks. 

Kodaline - The High Hopes EP Review

Opening song 'High Hopes' is an optimistic affair with fragile keys and a sorrow-filled riff, giving it a sort-of Coldplay status and the chart factor. Vocalist Stephen Garrigan sings "High hopes when it all comes to an end, but the world keeps spinning around". His involved, progressive vocal is reminiscent of Tom Odell. 'The Answer' is a much more timid affair with a delicate rhythm as Garrigan murmurs, "So watch your step or you might fall, you act like you're a know it all". 

A bit of Kodaline trivia; the band used to be called 21 Demands and were fired out of a reality show cannon. Back in 2007 they had a number one in their native Ireland with 'Give Me A Minute'. 21 Demands sounds like a band on 'The Big Reunion' so it's no wonder the same four members more recently transformed themselves into the trendier 'Kodaline', whatever that represents. 

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Hard Rock Calling Announce 2013 Line-Up

Posted on05 March 2013

Hard Rock Calling Announce 2013 Line-up


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