Review: The Coronas at The Wedgewood Rooms in Southsea

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The Coronas are used to selling out arenas back in their home country, Ireland, however despite this, they are admittedly nervous in front of the modest crowd at The Wedge.

Singer Danny O’Reilly bellows, ‘Cheer louder, we need the confidence!’

What struck me most about the show was how genuinely grateful the band appeared just to be playing for us. They aimed to please everyone in the room and did so by playing with enthusiasm and gusto.

New songs such as Just Like That went down a treat and I was pleasantly surprised when guitarist, Dave McPhillips, took over vocals for the mellow Tell Me Again. McPhillips and O’Reilly continued to share vocals for Addicted to Progress, which had the crowd bopping with all the Monday night energy they could muster.

Ending with Closer To You, my personal favourite, the band were clearly enjoying themselves. O’Reilly climbed over the burly security guards to sing amongst the crowd, stopping for selfies whilst continuing to belt out the song - that alone is a talent.

O’Reilly continued to meet the fans long after the set had finished. The Coronas are officially the friendliest band I have ever seen.