- 18 Dec 12
Friday 14th December 2012, saw the Dublin four-piece play their biggest headlining show to date. The O2 in Dublin, was sold out and the atmosphere was electric. Rowan Stokes reports from the North Wall.
Having filled six nights in The Olympia last December, a show in The O2 was the next logical step for The Coronas – and with it came a whole host of questions. Would they be able to develop a show, which would stand up to the less forgiving scrutiny of an arena? Would the almost inevitable loss of intimacy, upon which their performances so heavily rely, be too much for the boys from Terenure to handle? Would they have enough finely honed set-pieces to compete effectively with the Pop Divas that usually entertain crowds at the North Wall?
Almost immediately some of those questions were answered. Danny and the boys opened the show from behind a curtain: lights shone from the rear silhouetted the band, making their shadows look 50 foot tall. It was big and it was impressive: just what the occasion demanded.
Energised by that impressive opening salvo, the crowd reaction throughout was truly extraordinary. Song after song, rapturous applause and teenage screams intermingled, lasting up to – and sometimes beyond – a minute. Just when you thought things couldn't get any better they did. Amid the epic chants of 'Dreaming Again', about a hundred giant balloons of red, orange, blue, green, yellow, white and pink were dropped from the ceiling – a truly breathtaking sight.