Irish rockers and all-round nice guys The Coronas head to The Baggot at McGettigans in JLT on Friday 11 December. They’ll be banging out hits including ‘San Diego Song’, ‘Heroes or Ghosts’ and ‘Someone Else’s Hands’.
The boys, who count Paul McCartney, Justin Timberlake and Jessie J as fans are Danny O’Reilly, Dave McPhillips, Graham Knox and Conor Egan.
We caught up with frontman Danny to talk Dubai, Paolo Nutini and The Beatles…
Hey Danny! In your own words, who are The Coronas?
We’re four friends who started writing music around 15 years ago, and the rest is history! Haha. No, but seriously, we were in the same school, started doing regular small gigs in the local area, before we knew where we were, we started getting attention from Dublin radio stations, and headlining our own solo gigs. It’s been a wonderful rollercoaster!
The band recently moved from Dublin to live in London. Why the move?
Things had been going really well for us in Ireland, we’d been lucky enough to enjoy a lot of radio air play, and play in some amazing venues, but despite this we felt like we needed a change. We wanted to try something different creatively, to place ourselves in a different mindset and to try make greater inroads in the UK market. Thankfully all that stuff turned out to happen after the move. We signed to a new publisher, major label and, most importantly, wrote an album that we were really proud of.
You’ve been on the road the past few weeks. Where have you been touring?
We had a full UK tour, including our biggest ever show outside Ireland in Shepherd’s Bush Empire in London, which was incredible! Now we’ve arrived in Australia, we’re playing Sydney, Brisbane, then we play two shows in New Zealand, before coming back to Oz for two more shows and then we’re on to Singapore and Dubai! We can’t wait!
Can it be challenging on the road with the same group of lads all the time?
It can be, but we’re extremely lucky that we all get on so well. We’ve known each other so long now we’re like brothers. We love touring and travelling, we have the best job in the world!
You guys love Dubai. What makes it so special for you?
We’ve just always had a great time in Dubai, it’s a beautiful place, and thankfully all the gigs have always gone really well. The gig in Media City earlier this year with Paolo Nutini was a particular highlight, and we can’t wait to get back to McGettigan’s and play there! Supporting Paolo Nutini was amazing, he was such a lovely bloke too, really down to earth and chilled!
What can we expect from the Dubai show – mostly new tracks or a mix?
We’ll be playing a fair few songs from our most recent album ‘The Long Way’, but it will definitely be a mixture of old and new. We always try to put on an energetic show and we’re very excited about it.
You’ve supported some big names, what’s been your favourite gig ever both as a headline act, and support act?
As a headline, I’ve got to say the 3Arena in Dublin earlier in the year. To play a sold out show to 14,000 people in our hometown was a moment we will never ever forget! We supported Paul McCartney a couple of years ago, which was also amazing. He was lovely when we got to meet him and we’re all massive Beatles fans, so to hear him perform was incredible
Finally, out of curiosity, what’s your favourite song of all time? And, your music act or band to watch out for in 2016?
Hmmmm I’m going to say ‘Let Down’ by Radiohead, it’s a beautiful piece of music. Music act to watch out for in 2016 is the amazing Roisin O, a great singer/songwriter who’s destined for big things!