With much former success, The Kooks’ 2006 debut album ‘Inside In/Inside Out’ rapidly achieved a high status. Since then ‘Junk of the Heart’ and ‘Listen’ have made an incredible affect on what the future holds for this Brighton band. Whilst the band captured such a high level of victory so early on and judging by the response to this current tour, this triumphant start and fanbase just keeps on growing. Finishing at the biggest venue yet, we all end up at Wembley Arena. Being incredibly proud of its large 25,500 capacity, the venue is situated by the iconic stadium. With support from Australian rock band DMA’s, the evening was inevitably going to be a showcase of a lifetime.
The roar when the crowd saw the silhouettes for the first time could easily make the hairs on your arm stand up. The four piece launched into fans favourite starting with ‘Eddies’s Gun’ with the crowd immediately bursting into life. “I want to hear all those beautiful voices” shouts frontman Luke Pritchard in between other good old favourites leading the set. Timeless hits ‘She Moves In Her Own Way’, ‘Westside” and ‘Sweet Emotion’ bounce round the walls of the arena accompanied by a small choir.
As Luke takes the stage alone, the spotlight shone bright onto him as he walks and sits at a grand piano alone for the emotional ‘See Me Now’. His exposed voice floated and in that moment over 25,000 voices were heard echoing his personal, wholehearted lyrics. The view was utterly breath-taking with lights ad bodies swaying softly. “Thank you my darlings” Luke gently thanks as he finishes. The intimate environment was only emphasised with ‘Sway’ and ‘Shine On’. At this point we see the happiness from the band as they all take in how much they have managed to achieve.“I’m not gunu lie, you’re blowing my mind” Luke laughs holding his hands up as if to praise us all.
Before the anticipated encore, ‘Junk of the Heart (Happy)’ summed up the spirit of the night as the excited audience screamed “I wanna make you happy / I wanna make you feel alive”. Based on the mass dancing and beaming smiles from the arena, it was mission accomplished for The Kooks.
With a brief encore, the band reappear after the crowd start to stomp their feet and demand for more.“I think we forgot a few songs” Luke giggles as they stroll back onto the huge lit stage. The acoustic sensation ‘Seaside’ sweeps everyone off their feet. “Do you want to got to the seaside? / I’m not trying to say that everybody wants to go” yell the restless audience. Even though it was meant to be seated everyone was on their feet frantically dancing about. Finishing with much-loved ‘Naive’ there was almost an explosion of glee, with glitter and confetti canons covering the confined crowd. Plastic glasses flew with many on shoulders, dancing and singing. It’s safe to say, ten years in and The Kooks are at their finest. With another album on the way, it doesn’t seem like they’re about to slow down anytime soon.