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Kodaline estimate that someone gets proposed to at nearly 80% of their concerts

We’re not really surprised.

NOS Alive Source: Andrew Benge

OVER THE YEARS, we’ve witnessed a staggering number of Kodaline-themed wedding proposals.

There’s this one, for example. Kodaline headed to a London pub to help a guy propose to his girlfriend, who was such a big fan of Kodaline that she named her baby Kodie. Yeah, seriously.

Source: Kodaline/YouTube

Even Kodaline’s bassist Jason Boland decided to propose to his girlfriend on stage when they were supporting Ed Sheeran in Dublin in 2015.

Source: Aoife McCarthy/YouTube

Kodaline’s drummer Vinny May spoke to BBC about just how frequently wedding proposals occur at Kodaline concerts.

Day 3 - NOS Alive Festival 2017 Source: Getty Images

He told music reporter Mark Savage:

No matter where we go, somebody will get in touch with the venue to tell us that they either want to propose during a specific song, or they’d like to come up on stage to ask the question. It’s not every show, but it’s probably 80%.

These proposals take place literally all over the world. From Dublin, to most recently, the Philippines. Vinny said that some couples want to take it even further:

We also get a lot of requests asking us to play at people’s weddings and it’s kind of like, “I don’t think we’re at that stage.”

Day 3 - NOS Alive Festival 2017 Source: Andrew Benge

Kodaline’s frontman Steve Garrigan said that the most popular song for proposals is ‘The One’, a song he wrote as a wedding present for a friend.

He’s a bit cheesed off because it’s not his song anymore.

The song that fans love to propose to has been banned from the weddings of the Kodaline boys. Vinny refused to have it played at his own wedding.

My parents were like “Are you going to play?” I was like, “No, it’s a night off. We’re just going to enjoy ourselves.”


NOS Alive Source: Andrew Benge

The Kodaline lads also struggled to explain what chicken fillet roll was to the interviewer from the BBC.

When asked what they missed the most, Steve said:

There’s a thing called a chicken fillet roll. It’s amazing, you’ve got to try it. They don’t have it in the UK, or anywhere else in the world.

As much as the lads tried to describe the uniqueness of an Irish chicken fillet roll, this guy just wasn’t getting it, and responded “I’m pretty sure you can get that outside of Dublin.”

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