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Wild Youth @ Cyprus Avenue, Cork 16/03/2019

Wild Youth kicked off their Last Goodbye tour last week in Cyprus Avenue in Cork. Joining them for support was RuthAnne.

Wild Youth @ Cyprus Avenue 16/03/2019. Photo by Nicholas O Donnell
Wild Youth demonstrated why they’re hailed as one of Ireland’s most exciting new artists. Photo by Nicholas O Donnell.

Soulful in melody and passionate in vocals, RuthAnne gave a preview of what to expect when she comes to Cyprus Avenue for her own headline show on April 28th when supporting Wild Youth.

RuthAnne has spent a lot of time in LA, producing and co-writing with some of the biggest names in music. Now back in Ireland, she’s focusing on herself and those in Cyprus Avenue were witnesses as to why she’s absolutely right in doing so.

It was a stripped down show compared to the Dubliner’s normal performances but still astounded the early arrivers. Her mash-up of songs she’s helped produce including JoJo’s ‘Too Little, Too Late’ and then giving her own rendition of Destiny Child’s ‘Survivor’, envoked huge sing alongs.

RuthAnne @ Cyprus Avenue 16/03/2019
RuthAnne put on a soulful performance opening for Wild Youth. Photo by author.

Her beautiful lyricism and soulful melodies had the crowd hooked. While it was only a short set, RuthAnne made the most of it and the crowd lapped it up.

When Wild Youth surged on to the stage, the crowd surged forward towards them. Without picking up an instrument the tone was already set.

Wild Youth @ Cyprus Avenue 16/03/2019. Photo by Nicholas O Donnell
Wild Youth during an electric performance in Cyprus Avenue. Photo by Garrett Stack.

Frontman David Whelan, apparently played through with a bad back but the way he danced and bounced around the stage, you’d have never known.

Wild Youth @ Cyprus Avenue 16/03/2019. Photo by Nicholas O Donnell
Frontman Dave Whelan covered every inch of the stage during an emphatic set. Photo by Nicholas O Donnell.

It was an emphatic performance and it’s a sound that’s just so infectious. The band had the crowd in the palm of their hands as they played favourites like ‘Making Me Dance’, ‘Close’ and ‘All or Nothing’.

Their debut EP The Last Goodbye, has been out just under two months but are already playing new material. One of the new songs to surface ‘Body to Body’, featured a duet with RuthAnne.

Wild Youth @ Cyprus Avenue 16/03/2019. Photo by Garrett Stack.
Wild Youth drummer Callum McAdam @ Cyprus Avenue. Photo by Garrett Stack.

During ‘Can’t Move On’, it seemed that every person in Cyprus Avenue were beaming with joy. The fun the band were having on stage reflected on to the crowd. It was a spectacular start to a long weekend.

Wild Youth @ Cyprus Avenue 16/03/2019. Photo by Garrett Stack.
Wild Youth unveiled a new track, featuring RuthAnne. Photo by Garrett Stack.

Wild Youth have taken their debut EP The Last Goodbye, on the road to celebrate and that’s exactly what it was; A celebration of one of Ireland’s most fun and newest exports.

Photographs taken by Garrett Stack and Nicholas O Donnell. Check out more of Garrett’s work by clicking here. You can see more of Nicholas’s work by clicking here.

We had a chat with David and Conor before they kicked off their Irish tour. Click here to read the interview. Check out the full gallery below.

  • RuthAnne supporting Wild Youth @ Cyprus Avenue 16/03/2019. Photo by author.
    RuthAnne put on a soulful performance opening for Wild Youth. Photo by author.

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