• Danny Joyce

Kodaline's Steve Garrigan Releases High Hopes: Making Music, Losing My Way, Learning to Live

Lead singer of the hugely successful Irish rock band Kodaline, Steve Garrigan plays to thousands of fans worldwide - his business is being in the spotlight. But for years, Steve was privately battling his own demons.

Here in this deeply personal memoir, he shares his experiences. From his childhood growing up in Dublin and the shyness that only dissolved when he was playing an instrument or in front of a microphone, to the highs of rock star success touring and playing stadiums, to the lows of anxiety, depression and panic attacks and how he was to discover that it was only by sharing his deepest vulnerability that he was able to work through the darkness. High Hopes is the candid account of how everyone carries a story - and how by embracing all the different parts of our true selves, we will ultimately find freedom and happiness.

Born in Swords, Dublin in 1988, Steve Garrigan is the lead singer and songwriter of Irish rock band Kodaline. With fellow band mates Mark Prendergast, Jason Boland and Vinny May Jr, Steve has toured and performed in sold out venues throughout the world including the US, Asia, India and South Korea, as well as in Ireland and Europe.


Speaking with Ryan Tubridy on RTE's Late Late Show this week, Steve said; "I’m in a much better place now, but the whole point, the whole reason behind the book was to speak about my experience with anxiety and panic attacks, and just reduce the stigma a bit. There’s a lot of people out there, particularly Irish men, who are just going to suck it up and they’re like: I’ll be grand."


He added: "There’s strength in vulnerability" and that bottling things up is not the way to go. "It’s good to talk about it."


High Hopes: Making Music, Losing My Way, Learning to Live by Steve Garrigan is out now in Bookstores Nationwide


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Slán go fóill,

Danny