The Script: Still alive... but I’m barely breathing

The Script: Still alive... but I’m barely breathing
The Script playing Live at The Marquee. Picture: Michael O'Sullivan

THE script for this Marquee gig was written in the stars. It was always going to be a best-seller... an explosive one at that.

This was never going to be a suspense thriller, not a hope, more an action-packed gripper right from the opening scene.

Saoirse Griffin from Kinsale, and Aoife O'Driscoll from Ballinoura, pictured attending The Script.
Saoirse Griffin from Kinsale, and Aoife O'Driscoll from Ballinoura, pictured attending The Script.

The Script lead singer, Danny O’Donoghue set the tone from the off for the first of their Live at the Marquee gigs, lighting the fuse with the opening song, what else but ‘Superhero’, and what followed was, well, a rocket-fuelled night of hits, circus act, courtesy of Wobbly Circus, Cork, and a live band experience that just has to be experienced.

Opening act Wild Youth kicked off the night perfectly, with their upbeat hits, such as ‘Can’t Move On’, ‘Lose Control’ and first single, ‘All Or Nothing’, and that’s just what the rest of the night turned out to be in the company of Dublin boys and life-long friends The Script.

Eager fans enjoying The Script playing Live at The Marquee. Picture: Michael O'Sullivan/OSM PHOTOWhile it’s been over 10 years since keyboard/guitarist Mark Sheehan, drummer Glen Power and Danny hit the charts, they proved on the Marquee stage last

Eager fans enjoying The Script playing Live at The Marquee. Picture: Michael O'Sullivan/OSM PHOTO
Eager fans enjoying The Script playing Live at The Marquee. Picture: Michael O'Sullivan/OSM PHOTO

While it’s been over 10 years since keyboard/guitarist Mark Sheehan, drummer Glen Power and Danny hit the charts, they proved on the Marquee stage last Libby & Mary Armstrong from Carrigaline, pictured attending The Script. Picture: Michael O'Sullivan/OSM PHOTOnight, that they’ve really nailed it.

Following a break away from the Top 40 the band released their fifth album Freedom Child last summer, with single ‘Rain’ becoming one of 2017’s most recognisable songs.

And while ‘Rain’ received a brilliant reception in the tent, with the crowd singing along en masse, there was no damping down the atmosphere as The Script threw the book at us with ‘Divided States of America’, ‘Freedom Child’, ‘Arms Open’, ‘For The First Time’.

The hearts were pumping, on overdrive, the voices… well there are a lot of hoarse people at work and school today. Yes it was that kind of audience.

This was slick — light shows, lasers, incredible graphics and fireworks.

But back to basics was a feature of the night also with Danny nailing an acapella version of ‘The Man Who Can’t Be Moved’.

Chloe Hayes, Lisa Lynch, Eimear O'Regan and Órla O'Donovan, pictured attending The Script. Picture: Michael O'Sullivan/OSM PHOTO
Chloe Hayes, Lisa Lynch, Eimear O'Regan and Órla O'Donovan, pictured attending The Script. Picture: Michael O'Sullivan/OSM PHOTO

At one point, they performed tracks ‘If You Ever Come Back’ and ‘Never Seen Anything Quite Like You’ acoustically, like the old days, ‘busking’. They also touched on some hard-hitting issues throughout the night, with new song ‘No Man Is An Island’ a particular hit.

O’Donoghue — known to many for his stint as a judge on The Voice UK — no doubt is the X-Factor in this line-up, and he delivers that with bucket loads of Sex-Factor.

The frontman (is he like Elvis or wha?) is such a superstar, superhero to many, commanding the stage, and on several occasions making his way into the crowd.

Morgan Deane from Turner's Cross, living in Capetown, pictured with Alan & Madeline Deasy attending The Script. Picture: Michael O'Sullivan/OSM PHOTO
Morgan Deane from Turner's Cross, living in Capetown, pictured with Alan & Madeline Deasy attending The Script. Picture: Michael O'Sullivan/OSM PHOTO

An encore consisting of ‘No Good In Goodbye’, ‘Breakeven’ and ‘Hall of Fame’ gave us the perfect ending to another The Script page turner.

After that blockbuster, I’m still alive... but I’m barely breathing.

Now to tear up the script and start all over again tonight.

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