THE very first Live At The Docklands took place last weekend – and what a weekend. A great yellow and blue marquee hosted thousands of festival revellers over three nights.
On Friday evening Madness brought the energy as ska took over the city. On Saturday night glitter and sequins were the offerings to the party goers for Jenny Greene and the RTE Orchestra.
Sunday saw firm favourites The Coronas bring an added energy to proceedings and some colourful confetti as frontman Danny O’Reilly had his sister as support act.
Speaking backstage, Danny of The Coronas evidently couldn’t wait to take centre stage at the family run festival.
“Since the very early days in Dolan’s they always saw us as building it (Coronas fan base) and every time we were down they would tell us their plan.
The Dublin foursome first played to 30 people in Dolan’s and then went to the Milk Market, King John’s Castle to the marquee.
“It’s like a family, even though the gigs get bigger, it’s still them (Dolans) getting bigger and they are all part of it and that’s what I think makes the whole thing great,” he added.
The Coronas have a new single out, ‘ Find The Water’ and a new album due later this year.
“We still get nervous about releasing new music and that song is a bit different for us as well but we love it and thankfully it’s getting a great reaction so it’s exciting times,” he said.
Danny isn’t the only successful musician in his home house. Not only is he the son of Mary Black but his sister Roisin O is making massive waves in the music industry.
She is in the band Thanks Brother, along with John Broe, who played support act for The Coronas on Sunday night.
“We love Limerick so much,” Róisín said. “They seem to like us as well,” John quipped.
“Limerick, after Dublin, are probably our biggest fan base so we love coming to Limerick. We had an amazing gig in the Kasbah a few weeks back so coming to Live At The Docklands was amazing,” Róisín added.
Thanks Brother will be back in Dolan’s on November 8 and tickets are available now from dolans.ie
The inaugural Live At The Docklands was a roaring success for Limerick City with rumours already circulating that it is set to return again next Summer.
To see our interview in full with Danny from The Coronas and Thanks Brother head over to www.limerickpost.ie/show