Review: Kodaline at the Wedgewood Rooms, Southsea

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With multiple recommendations, from the likes of MTV and BBC Radios 1 and 2, that Kodaline are ‘one to watch’.

With one of their songs featuring in a Google advert seemingly confirming their ‘hot’ status, the gig at the Wedgewood Rooms on Wednesday could have been a last chance to see Kodaline in such close proximity.

Although singer Steve Garrigan doesn’t like the comparisons, being mentioned as the next U2, Coldplay, Radiohead or Mumford & Sons certainly sets a high bar for this Irish quartet.

The band seemed almost surprised by the relatively large crowd and must have been happy at the number that were able to sing along to the best known songs.

Leaving the stage to play two tracks unplugged in the middle of the crowd was certainly a novelty that went down well.

There were undoubted highlights in the set.

Previous single All I Want and the current release High Hopes amongst them.

But, for me, the most memorable was The Answer, taken from the current High Hopes EP.

Touring on a single album of material is always tough and despite a relatively short one-hour set, padded with album fillers, there were enough highlights to indicate that Kodaline might just live up to the hype.

But if they’re going to be the next big thing, they need a big second album to provide some more material.