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Monday 18 December 2017

We're as excited about seeing Kings of Leon as concert-goers tonight

WE'RE supporting Kings of Leon tonight and what better way to celebrate my dad's birthday than a shout out in front of 30,000 people?

Our families are coming along to watch us perform this evening and it'll be very special. During the set, I'm going to call out to dad.

We're due to take to the stage at 7.30pm and hopefully we'll get to party with the boys from Kings of Leon afterwards.

We're really looking forward to seeing them in action, but we've also got to catch a flight at 6am tomorrow, so it'll be far from a late one.

Even though it's a huge gig for us in Marlay Park, I won't be doing anything different in our warm-up.

Vocal exercises are rarely on my radar, which is probably mad. I'll stretch a bit maybe, that's it though.

We've been abroad quite a lot lately, but this week has been spent in Ireland. Of course we're here to perform in Marlay Park and we've been doing other charity gigs, but we're also in town to launch the new Guinness Amplify scheme. It's aimed at supporting emerging artists and as an act that knows about the effort that goes into making the right contacts to get a break, we understand how vital a project like this is.

It's not just about writing good songs; gigging is key - and you have to do plenty of it to get anywhere.

Recording

In between performances, we're in the midst of writing our second album. We have seven tracks done and are we are recording it in September.

We're excited about it and happy with how it's going so far.

It will be our sound, but there will be some different elements in it too and it's probably going to be released early next year.

There's been talk about our collaboration with One Direction's Harry Styles (inset) this week too. I know absolutely nothing about rumours of the band breaking up, all we did was help him write a song.

It was when we were in LA, and he came along to one of our gigs. We ended up hanging a bit afterwards and ended up in a studio.

I was surprised that he's a fan of our sound because we would be quite indie - we beat a different drum to One Direction, but he's a very chilled, cool guy.

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