The Corrs bring on the night — Rory reviews Epsom Downs Racecourse gig

IMG_7682The four Dundalk siblings took to the blustery Epsom Downs Racecourse stage last night to cheers from die-hard Corrs fans, and those who came for the racing but stayed for the superb music.

After many years of waiting, I finally got to see The Corrs perform live for the first time and they did not disappoint.

Nostalgically taking the crowd back to the noughties, The Corrs performed a mixture of new material along with crowd pleasers from their huge catalogue of songs.

Having just completed a sold-out arena tour, the open-air concert will have added a nice change of scenery for the band with the sun setting during the gig.

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Still playing with a passion after their ten year hiatus, the band opened with up-tempo number I Do What I Like from the new album White Light which catapulted straight into the UK charts last year at number 11.

Since releasing their album Forgiven, Not Forgotten in 1996, The Corrs have gone on to sell more than 30 million albums worldwide and it was clear the success was down to lead singer Andrea’s beautiful vocals and the bands multi-instrumental talents.

Caroline, Jim, Andrea and Sharon put on a stellar performance to adoring fans who danced, swayed and sang along to classics including Runaway, What Can I Do, Dreams and I Never Loved You Anyway.

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Jim encouraged the crowd to clap along during So Young before the band performed their new hit upbeat track White Light.

“You’ve been such an amazing crowd for hanging on in there in the wind,” said Andrea before concluding the 90 minute set with hit Breathless.

The Corrs brought their unique sound of traditional Celtic music with a pop-rock twist and Irish flavour a perfect way to end an evening at the races.

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The gig was intimate with a fun and lively atmosphere, although the audience of fans were craving more chat from the band at the historic racecourse.

Sharon said: “The crowd reaction has been amazing – I think as a band we’ve matured a lot and I think the crowd can really feel how much we love what we are doing and that’s infectious – there truly is nothing like making music and performing it to an enthusiastic crowd.”

The Corrs play Kew the Music next on Saturday July 16.

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SET LIST:
I DO WHAT I LIKE

GIVE ME A REASON
FORGIVEN NOT FORGOTTEN
BRING ON THE NIGHT
WHAT CAN I DO
RADIO
TOSS THE FEATHERS
JOY OF LIFE/TROUT IN THE BATH
ELLIS ISLAND
RUNAWAY
ONLY WHEN I SLEEP
QUEEN OF HOLLYWOOD
KISS OF LIFE
DREAMS
I NEVER LOVED YOU ANYWAY
SO YOUNG
WHITE LIGHTS
BREATHLESS

Featured image courtesy of The Jockey Club Live, with thanks

 

 

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