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 TINSELTOWN, CORK-STYLE: The electric atmosphere at Picture This during the first of their Live At The Marque gigs last night. Picture: Darragh Kane
TINSELTOWN, CORK-STYLE: The electric atmosphere at Picture This during the first of their Live At The Marque gigs last night. Picture: Darragh Kane
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‘Addicted to You’ and it’s not hard to see why as Picture This lift the tent

FIFTY SEVEN is the new sixteen.

It is for me anyway after one of those ‘welcome to the future’ nights at the Marquee. It was electric, right from the get go.

Ryan Hennessy from Picture This performing at The Marque. Pic: Darragh Kane
Ryan Hennessy from Picture This performing at The Marque. Pic: Darragh Kane
Picture the scene… screaming teenagers everywhere. Remind you of anything? The Beatles, The Script, Kodaline, The Rolling Stones, Elvis Presley… and Picture This, yes picture that. It’s not called pop music for nothing - it’s popular.

Take My Hand, and we can go walking... and that’s just what we did in the footsteps of the group’s first gigs at the Marquee last night.

I love the way your hair falls in the summer.

I’ll treat you like your father treats your mother

and I’m kinda scared of your older brother

oh yeah

You’re all that I’m needing…

Now tell me what pop-loving teenager, or 57 year-old, wouldn’t like to hear those lyrics belted out to them on a summer’s night by two of Ireland’s latest hotties. You on board?

 Cork teen sensation Allie Sherlock supporting Picture This at The Marquee last night.

Cork teen sensation Allie Sherlock supporting Picture This at The Marquee last night.

Fans were singing even before they got on stage, all thanks to 13-year-old Cork busking phenomenon Allie Sherlock first, and then brilliant British singer-songwriter JP Cooper and band, whose ‘Closer’, ‘September Song’ and ‘Passport Home’ had the tent lifting. And then the lights dimmed and the vibe went up a few notches with ‘Everything I Need’. Picture This lead singer Ryan Hennessy and drumming whizz Jimmy Rainsford, hit the target right from get-go with their target audience from the word go. The sparks were flying… queue lots of conflicted teenage emotions on songs like ‘Smells Like Him’, ‘Addicted To You’ and the newly released When We Were Young (Oh we burned bridges in our hearts), and you get this Picture.

Donna Walsh, Montenotte and Claire Irwin, Blackrock going to see Picture This. Pic Darragh Kane
Donna Walsh, Montenotte and Claire Irwin, Blackrock going to see Picture This. Pic Darragh Kane
Two years ago they went from relative unknowns to the number one band in the country. an this year has been a phenomenal one for them, with the self-titled album storming into the Irish charts at No 1, the highest chart entry for a debut artist this year. Just off the back of a sold-out UK and Irish tour, they are in flying form, and so are their fans, all 4,000 and one of them last night.

Rachel Duane, Mallow and Sally Quinlivan, Clonmel going to see Picture This. Pic Darragh Kane
Rachel Duane, Mallow and Sally Quinlivan, Clonmel going to see Picture This. Pic Darragh Kane
‘Everything I Need’ prompts a sing-a-long, though look around and pockets of the crowd find themselves ‘otherwise engaged’ at times during the song – boy meets girl, love ensues, love is very difficult. But hey, it’s great to be 16.

Behind the band a giant screen brought the boys up close and personal, highlighting even more the Picture This work ethic.

Aisling Desmond, Watergrasshill and Brian Sheehan, Kilworth going to see Picture This. Pic Darragh Kane
Aisling Desmond, Watergrasshill and Brian Sheehan, Kilworth going to see Picture This. Pic Darragh Kane
The formula works, it’s hard to beat a sing-a-long and it’s so, so gratifying to see a new generation of Irish teenagers are taking up the mantle.

Sisters Erin, Nora and Emma O'Keeffe, Rathcormac going to see Picture This. Pic Darragh Kane
Sisters Erin, Nora and Emma O'Keeffe, Rathcormac going to see Picture This. Pic Darragh Kane
“Two years ago Jimmy forced me to record ‘Take My Hand’ on my iPhone,” Hennessy said, with the intention of playing a gig at some stage. “I can’t play a gig, I can barely sing,” he said at the time. “But Jimmy bullied me into it.” He and Rainsford later recorded it in studio. The video was uploaded to Facebook and Youtube and has amassed over 1.2 million views across all platforms. can’t sing? Yeah right.

No doubt about it, it feels good to be 16, even when you are 57. Now what am I doing tonight?