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
The Kooks returned to the O2 Academy Bournemouth for a sold-out date on their The Best Of… So Far tour, a mammoth 17-date run of shows that concludes on 13 May at London’s Alexandra Palace.
They rattled through many of their best-known tracks from a back-catalogue of music stretching back over a decade, including Eddie’s Gun, She Moves In Her Own Way, Sofa Song, and Junk of the Heart (Happy), as well as newer material such as current single Be Who You Are.
The Kooks have forged a solid reputation for strong songwriting and engaging live shows over the years since forming in Brighton more than 10 years ago. Frontman Luke Pritchard was in great form, clearly enjoying this extensive return to the road.
Other highlights of the set included Seaside, Always Where I Need To Be and Ooh La ahead of an encore consisting of Around Town and Shine On before ending with signature song Naïve.
The release of a ‘best of’ album and tour can often signal the beginning of the end for a band – a precursor to winding down and fading away. But everything about this triumphant performance suggested that there’s still plenty more to come.
Review and Photos: Phoebe Reeks