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Kodaline (/ˈkoʊdəlaɪn/)[1] is an Irish rock band. Originally known as 21 Demands, in 2012 the band adopted their current name. The group comprises Steve Garrigan, Mark Prendergast, Vincent May, and Jason Boland.

Garrigan and Prendergast grew up in Swords, Dublin, and have known each other since childhood. Both attended secondary school at Colaiste Choilm, where they participated in battles of the bands. May joined the two in the group, followed by Boland in 2012. The group have released three studio albums, In a Perfect World (2013), Coming Up for Air (2015), with the third, Politics of Living (2018).

Background information
OriginSwords, Dublin, Ireland
GenresIndie folk, indie rock, indie pop, alternative rock
Years active2005–11 (as 21 Demands)
2011–present (as Kodaline)
LabelsUnsigned (21 Demands)
RCA/B-Unique (Kodaline)
Websitekodaline.com [17]
  • Steve Garrigan
  • Mark Prendergast
  • Vincent May
  • Jason Boland
Past members
  • Conor Linnane


2005–11: 21 Demands

As 21 Demands, the band first came to attention in November 2006, when they participated in the fifth series of RTÉ talent show You're a Star; finishing as the series' runners-up. On 3 March 2007, 21 Demands released their own single called "Give Me a Minute" through digital7 downloads on the RTÉ website. They made chart history when the single topped the Irish Singles Chart, becoming the first independently released track to achieve this feat.[2][3] 21 Demands also wrote "One of Those Days", which they played on the Irish YouTube channel Balcony TV.

2012–14: In a Perfect World

The quartet released their debut extended playThe Kodaline EP—on Friday 7 September 2012, produced by Philip Magee.[4][5] "All I Want" was selected as BBC Radio 1 DJ Fearne Cotton's Record of the Week, featured in the season 9 episode of Grey's Anatomy, "Remember the Time",[6] and was used in the background music for Google's 2012: Year in Review video. On 9 December 2012, the BBC announced that Kodaline had been nominated for the Sound of 2013 poll.[7] On 17 June 2013, Kodaline released their first studio album, In a Perfect World.[8]

In a Perfect World includes the singles "High Hopes", "All I Want", "Love Like This", and "Pray", as well as seven new songs. The iTunes deluxe edition of the album contains "The Answer", "Perfect World", "Lose Your Mind", and "Latch", with music videos for "All I Want" and "High Hopes". The CD deluxe edition, instead, contains a CD of live performances of "All I Want", "High Hopes", "Love Like This", "Pray", "All Comes Down", and "The Answer" at The Button Factory in Dublin. Their song "All I Want" was featured on the MTV show Catfish: The TV Show. "All I Want" was also in Season 5, episode 10 of The Vampire Diaries. The song "Brand New Day" from this album, is currently used as the theme tune for the hit Channel 4 show Gogglebox.

In April 2014, Kodaline released a cover version of Paul McCartney's 1980 single "Coming Up" in celebration of Record Store Day.[9]

In April 2014, the song "All I Want" was released as part of the soundtrack for The Fault in Our Stars, as well as used in the film. In July 2014, the songs "Pray" and "High Hopes" were featured in trailers for the films Horns and Love, Rosie, respectively.[10]

The song "All I Want" was used in TCM Remembers, Turner Classic Movies' annual remembrance of film industry contributors who died in 2014.[11]

2014–17: Coming Up for Air

In December 2014, the band announced their second LP Coming Up for Air, and released a song called "Honest" on YouTube. A few days later they also published the song "Unclear".

Following its release on 9 February 2015, the album entered the UK Albums Chart at number 4. "The One" and "Honest" both reached Top 40 in the UK Singles Chart.

Lead singer Steve Garrigan appeared on episode 18 of The Midnight Hour.

2017–present: Politics of Living

The lead single "Brother" was released on 23 June 2017. Garrigan once again appeared on The Midnight Hour alongside Eldeniro90 where he premiered new music. The group also released a single, 'Follow Your Fire', on 23 March 2018 which was a massive hit in Romania reaching number 7 on the charts. The album titled Politics of Living was released on 28 September 2018.[12].


  • In a Perfect World (2013)

  • Coming Up for Air (2015)

  • Politics of Living (2018)

Extended Play (EP)

Band members

Current members

  • Steve Garrigan – vocals, rhythm guitars, keyboards, harmonica, mandolin (born 23 August 1988) (2005-present)

  • Mark Prendergast – lead guitars, keyboards, vocals (born 16 January 1989) (2005-present)

  • Vincent May – drums, percussion, vocals (born 11 February 1990) (2005-present)

  • Jason Boland – bass guitar, vocals (born 31 August 1987) (2012-present)

Previous members

  • Conor Linnane – bass guitar, backing vocals, keyboards (2005-2011)

Awards and nominations

2012MTVBrand New for 2013[13]Nominated
BBCSound of 2013[7]Nominated
2014EBBAPublic Choice AwardWon

Film soundtracks

Kodaline have been featured in different movies and shows.[14] Below is a list of some of the films that their music has been played in:

Film or showSongYear
God Friended Me (TV series)"Shed a Tear"2018
Grimsby"All I Want"2016
The Finest Hours"Haul Away Joe"2016
Boomerang"All I Want"2015
T in the Park 2015 (TV series)"Love Like This"2015
Britain's Got More Talent (TV series)"Ready"2015
French Open Live 2015 (TV mini- series)"Play the Game"2015
Aloha"Love Like This"2015
The Vampire Diaries (TV series)"Ready"2015
The Longest Ride"Love Like This"2015
Sunday Brunch (TV series)"Honest", "Love Like This"2013-2014
Reign"Take Control"2014
Love, Rosie"High Hopes"2014
The Fault in our Stars"All I Want"2014
Dancing on Ice"High Hopes"2014
Gogglebox"Perfect World"2013
Grey's Anatomy"All I Want"2012

See also

  • List of artists who reached number one in Ireland


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