LIVE REVIEW: The Kooks – O2 Academy Bournemouth

The Kooks are nearly at the end of their (completely sold out) ‘The Best Of’ tour, and I had the absolute pleasure of being able to see them in Bournemouth on May 6th. The well loved foursome have been playing all over the country this past month as they build up to the release of their new album ‘The Best Of… So Far’ on May 19th.

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The set featured all of The Kooks’ most loved songs; and the crowd were ecstatic for every song. The sold-out night had a mix of old favourites, B-Sides and even some new songs. I overheard one guy say “This song is such a banger!”, and his friend simply replied; “Mate, all their songs are bangers!”, which I think is a perfect description! Crowd favourites definitely included ‘She Moves In Her Own Way’, ‘Always Where I Need To Be’, and ‘Junk Of The Heart (Happy)’. I personally loved the acoustic song ‘Seaside’ because whilst listening to it – everyone singing and swaying along – I could see how much the audience loved the band. I think it portrayed what music is really about – building a relationship between fans and performers whilst delivering a message and the sense of unity.

High energy and groovy songs got the crowd dancing and the entire night was a really fun and happy experience. Nostalgia filled the air throughout, as fans heard their favourite songs from 10 years ago being performed, but it’s safe to say that those songs are probably still favourites to this day! The gig ended on arguably the bands’ most popular and well known song – ‘Naive’.

After 13 years of being a band, The Kooks have really sustained such a solid and great fan base, and there was a whole lot of love and appreciation in the 1800 capacity venue that night.

The Kooks have just announced that they will be going on tour again in November and December of 2017, and I highly recommend going to see them as it was a great experience! Tickets go on sale Friday 12th May.

Words by Jodie Aikman

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