Indie four-piece The Kooks brought their first UK tour since Winter 2015 to Bournemouth’s o2 Academy on May 6th in support of their new album ‘Best of… So Far’ out on May 19th.
As expected their set is jam packed with fan favourites spanning all four studio albums plus a couple of brand new songs.
The 24 song set opens with three back to back hit songs from 2006’s ‘Inside In/Inside Out.’ ‘Eddie’s Gun’, ‘You Don’t Love Me’ and ‘Sofa Song’ get everyone in the mixed age crowd dancing.
After a brief “Good Evening” frontman Luke (sporting an eye-catching pair of polka dot skinny jeans), guitarist Hugh, bassist Pete and drummer Alexis launch into the choral introduction of ‘Bad Habit’, a stand out track from 2014’s full length studio album ‘Listen’ which the crowd gladly join in with.
Although less well known tracks, ‘Bad Habit’ and ‘Down’ which follows, still maintain the joyous atmosphere and keep the boisterous crowd moving.
The first of two new tracks that the band play, ‘Be Who You Are’ goes down a storm with it’s singable ‘lalalas’ and driving rhythm.
Somewhat unnecessary mosh pits begin to form as the band continue to work the crowd who it’s clear are having a great time. One particular young fan who has spent the entirety of the show on his older brother’s shoulders is spotted by frontman Luke who sweetly dedicates ‘Ooh La’ to him.
Despite having a few line up changes over the years the four members really seem at home with each other as if this is how it has always been. As the show continues the foursome are seen to be extremely relaxed, laughing and joking with each other and even signalling to swap instruments.
The second new track of the night ‘Broken Vow’ is met with approval, it’s acoustic driven, down tempo vibe gets plenty of heads bobbing along.
After finishing their main set with 2011’s ‘Junk of the Heart’ the band return for a three song encore of gospel sample lead ‘Around Town’, ‘Shine on’ and by far and away their biggest hit ‘Naive’, all of which are met with thunderous applause and cries of more by their undoubtably loyal fans who no doubt will all go home more than satisfied.
Though perhaps never reaching the heights of one time rivals Arctic Monkeys, The Kooks have proved their staying power; as they enter their 13th year as a band they show no signs of slowing down having just announced their biggest UK tour to date for the winter of 2017 in support of a fifth studio album.
The Kooks will play :
Thurs 23rd Nov 2017 – First Direct Arena, Leeds.
Fri 24th Nov 2017 – Motorpoint Arena, Nottingham.
Sat 25th Nov 2017 – Brighton Centre, Brighton.
Sun 26th Nov 2017 – Motorpoint Arena, Cardiff.
Thurs 30th Nov 2017 – Empress Ballroom, Blackpool.
Sat 02 Dec 2017 – SSE Wembley Arena, London.