Drawing an 11:15 a.m. Friday set at the Austin City Limits Music Festival can be a challenge, as early-arriving festgoers have just made it through the gates. But Irish band the Coronas, who had that slot on the Barton Springs stage, just seemed genuinely happy to be here.

"It means a lot" that folks showed up early, frontman Danny O'Reilly told the crowd of several hundred who got there in time to hear the atmospheric rockers deliver 45 minutes of spirited tunes based around guitar and keyboard melodies. The five-piece group touched on hits such as "Closer to You" and "Get Loose" as well as working in at least one brand new song.

On the anthemic "What a Love," guitarist Dave McPhillips took a vocal lead in the second verse, before the band prompted the crowd to sing along in the chorus. Later, O'Reilly went into the photo pit to high-five with fans up-front in the crowd during "Closer to You."

The Coronas are the rare band in the ACL Fest lineup that has shared a bill with Friday night's headliner Paul McCartney, having opened for him in their hometown of Dublin in 2010. As they closed their set, O'Reilly expressed the band's eagerness to hear Sir Paul, The National and others, saying that "we're going to be out there with you" in the crowd.