Westmeath band The Academic played two surprise pop-up acoustic performances at Irish train stations on Wednesday to help young - and old - Irish students who are on their first day of the Leaving Cert and Junior Cert.

The first show was at Daly Station in Bray, Co Wicklow this morning and the band then played the second gig at lunchtime at Heuston station in Dublin .

The Academic, who supported the Rolling Stones at Croke Park last summer, were aiming to help exam sitters' train of thought and to cheer students travelling to and from exams with the impromptu gigs.

The Academic: two pop-up surprise gigs to get you on the right track 

The band with the educational name scored a No. 1 with their debut album Tales From The Backseat in January of last year and release new song Superlike this Friday.