Hard Rock Cafe and Absolute Radio have today announced that, band of the moment, Kodaline, are confirmed to perform an exclusive live set at Hard Rock Cafe Manchester on Thursday 30 May, for Absolute Radio presents The Road to Hard Rock Calling.

The Irish four-piece will treat a crowd of lucky competition winners to an intimate set, showcasing tracks including ‘High Hopes’ and ‘All I Want’, from their hotly anticipated debut album ‘A Perfect World’.

Manchester born Absolute Radio DJ Pete Mitchell will introduce the chart toppers to the stage in a gig that will provide the perfect warm up ahead of their performance at this year’s Hard Rock Calling festival, which takes place 29 & 30 June at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in London.

The show will continue the legacy of great live music at the venue which has seen acts such as Duran Duran, Starsailor, Ocean Colour Scene, Feeder and Ben Howard, all grace its stage.

Pete Mitchell said: “With 2013 being hailed as the year of the return of the guitar band, Kodaline have timed their arrival perfectly. Welcome to Manchester lads”

Kodaline’s Steve and Mark, along with bassist Jay Boland and drummer Vinny May Jnr, have had an explosive start off the blocks. In three months, their debut track ‘All I Want’ is approaching almost 100,000 copies sold. Kodaline’s recent smash hit “High Hopes” also reached #16 in the UK single charts and #1 in Ireland. Influences are wide-ranging, from the likes of Radiohead, The Beatles and The Strokes to Thin Lizzy, Jackson Brown and Bruce Springsteen. Their debut album, In A Perfect World, is out on 17th June.

Tickets for the gig can only be won by tuning into Absolute Radio or visiting Highlights from the gig will be played out on Absolute Radio on Thursday 13th June from 9pm. A video of the session will also be available to watch online at

Hard Rock Calling will be held at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, London on 29 & 30 June, and is headlined by Kasabian and Bruce Springsteen. For more information or to book tickets go to

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