- 20 Apr 17
Coronas frontman Danny O’Reilly lets us in on his best and worst festival experiences, and recalls his backstage encounters with Paul McCartney and Arcade Fire.
On a warm April day in Dublin, Coronas singer Danny O’Reilly remarks optimistically that this might just be the first day of summer! He then drops the suitably exciting news that his band will be releasing their long-awaited fifth album, Trust The Wire, in June.
He’s stoked to say it, and we’re delighted to hear it – but in all truth the news will come as no surprise to anyone who has looked at the band’s 2017 summer plans. Considering that The Coronas are headlining four Irish festivals this year - Sea Sessions, Indiependence, Live at the Marquee and Galway International Arts Festival - it was plain to see that something had been brewing.
Of course, before The Coronas had the pleasure of headlining anything, they were paying their dues by doing every festival that they could. “When we started the band,” says Danny, “our biggest ambition was to play at Oxegen – we’d have been satisfied with that. Then we finally got our first gig there, and a few years later, in 2010, we were on the Main Stage. We played ‘San Diego Song’ and saw all these people running towards us, and they all sang along to the lyrics. It’s moments like those that become turning points; that was when we said to ourselves: ‘Now we’re a festival band.’ Every festival afterwards has just been full of steps that’ve pushed us in the right direction. We played Electric Picnic a few years ago to about 50,000 people, which was probably our biggest crowd ever.”