The Kooks performing their Best Of…So Far Tour at Rock City Nottingham on Monday 1st May 2017.

Images and Review by Kevin Cooper

The Kooks’ journey since the release of their Inside In/Inside Out album has seen plenty of ups and downs, but judging by the response to this current tour, which has sold out venues across the UK, including Rock City last night, they are still as relevant now as they were back when that album was released in 2006.

Enhancing the excitement a huge white sheet across the stage hid The Kooks from view and as they arrived on stage, their silhouettes saw this heaving crowd roar with anticipation. The sheet dropped and this four piece band launched into fans favourite from that album, Eddie’s Gun. Following up with You Don’t Love Me and Sofa Song, the band had the crowd singing along.

With front man Luke Pritchard playing to the crowd superbly, Bad Habit went down a storm before Down and Pull Me In from their 2014 album Listen, cranked things up further. Having released their latest album Hello What’s Your Name? in 2015 it was no surprise that some of the new songs were given an airing. Be Who You Are and Broken Vow lowered the energy of the heaving crowd, but the lulls were short lived as the band returned to their sure fire hits from Inside In/Inside Out which they performed almost in its entirety.

Notable tracks from their second album, Konk, included Sway, and Always Where I Need To Be before the highlight of the night, Ooh La had the crowd belting out the words. Playing Jackie Big Tits at the request of some of the more vocal fans, the set was brought to an end with Junk Of The Heart (Happy).

There was no doubting that they were not going to be allowed to go before delivering an encore, so they came back on stage for Around Town and Shine On, before a nostalgic and raucous evening was brought to a close with the wonderful Naive.

Delivering a set which was fast, energetic and full of the youthful brand brash attitude the band are famous for, The Kooks had the audience baying for more.