Getting Closer to You - The Coronas will be fizzing with their May 2012 UK tour - tickets on sale now

Posted: 5th March 2012
The Coronas - Photo: Dara Munnis

Ireland's music scene continues unabated with another indie-rock band on the brink of possible UK success. You may not know The Coronas, but may well do so very soon. Formed in 2003 as plain old Corona, they switched to the plural alternative after the cheesy Italian disco-pop act slipped back into the spotlight, albeit briefly. The well-known carbonated drinks company of the same-name had already fallen from grace, the Corona beer company probably weren't fussed, so lawsuits didn't appear to be an issue. Still, safety in numbers and all that - The Coronas have kept the name the same for 5 years.

And it certainly hasn't done them any harm. Their debut album, 'Heroes or Ghosts' earned them a Top 30 placing in Ireland, along with four successful hit singles. But it was the follow-up album that rubbed a few faces in the dirt, not least Bono and co. After winning the 2010 Meteor Ireland Music Award for Best Album, 'Tony Was an Ex-Con' looked a good bet for crossing over the Irish Sea to British ears - but it wasn't to be. Instead, the band could happily wallow in the mud of victory after beating Snow Patrol and U2 to the coveted prize.

Perhaps their busiest and most successful year was from 2010 into 2011 which saw the indie-pop hopefuls perform to several thousand fans in Dublin's Marley Park with KT Tunstall as support, garner a support slot for The Script on their European tour and kick off Paul McCartney's RDS Arena show in the summer. Not small potatoes, by any means. 2012 will see a change to their previous 18 months or so - a full UK headline tour in May, their first since 2009.

Dates begin in Glasgow on 1st May, followed by Liverpool, Manchester and more until Shoreditch on 10th May. Tickets are available now with many priced at a tenner or less. They also have a Belfast show booked for 2nd June, priced at £18.50. Expect to hear the embedded song 'Mark My Words' plus plenty of tracks from their Top 3 album, 'Closer to You'.

Paul Pledger