Dublin band Kodaline said it is always "really special" to play gigs in their hometown and revealed that "Irish crowds are the best".

The quartet, who are scheduled to play St Anne's Park on Friday, May 31 and Saturday, June 1 2019, said it's always incredible" returning to the city where their music career began.

Speaking to Ryan Tubridy on Friday's Late Late Show, the band's drummer Vinny May said: "Playing in Dublin is always really special for us because we get to travel around the world - which is amazing - but it’s always great to come home and play in Dublin."

"We’ve never had a bad show here. It’s always incredible. The crowd is always full of our friends and family and relatives come out of the woodwork that you haven’t heard of or from," he laughed.

Bassist Jason Boland said it's always great to return to loved ones and said other musicians they meet on the road often comment on the energy that Irish gig-goers bring to venues.

"We’re away for so much of the year that it’s kind of great to see everyone.

"Other bands that we meet on the road always say the Irish crowds are the best - it’s not just us saying it. It’s so true. It’s great to come home."

Swords man Mark Prendergast received a rapturous applause from the crowd when he declared, "The Late Late Show is the best crowd," while Steve Garrigan prolonged the cheering, adding:

"We’ve played for many crowds - but we’ve never come across a crowd like you guys."

To top off a wonderful night of stunning live performances, the guys also made one fan's dream come true by inviting her to hang out with them at one of their upcoming gigs.

Avril Egan, a school principal from Roscommon, told the band how she recently got proposed to with the help of their music, and said the band's music will be heavily involved in her big day - even down to the table plans.

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