GALLERY: The Kooks, First Direct Arena, Leeds (23/11/17)

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The Kooks, Leeds, 23/11/17 (photo: Dani Blakeley)

The Kooks took to the road for their anniversary tour, celebrating a decade of their distinctive indie sound. Their set included most of the tunes from the Inside In / Inside Out debut album that started their career on such solid foundations.

They’ve lost nothing of their energy and style over the years, merely adding a confident swagger to the raw musicality of their live performance. Halfway through the show, the rock was halted for an acoustic section designed to make this arena gig feel a little closer to the intimate nature of their early dates. It sort of worked, but really they’re at their best at full volume, and it feels like it is that which has maintained their longevity thus far.

Photos: Dani Blakeley

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