After playing to a sold out crowd at Beyond The Valley festival this New Years eve the British indie-rock band The Kooks decided to host three sideshows in Australia’s biggest cities to celebrate the launch of their “best of” album. With a span of hits dating back to 2006 the band celebrated with three sold out shows and scores of their fans the accomplishments of their now 13 year careers and after seeing their Melbourne show last night I can tell you first hand they didn’t disappoint.
While Sloan Peterson warmed up the crowd and set the tone for the night ahead it was clear as the time passed that the fans were ready to see the headliners and after a roar of screams upon them taking to the stage you couldn’t help but sing, dance and chant along to every word they sang from Seaside to Bad Habit and Be Who You Are to Naïve fans old and new rejoiced as the band took us back to a youthful time in our lives and washed away our inhibitions, if only for the night. The crowd-pleasers seemingly had fun and they worked through their catalogue of hits and spoke about their fond love for Australia and the crowds who give them everything every time they come here which seemingly riled the crowd up even more before they finished with a sing-along that had the whole crowd working together in unison.
If you missed out on seeing The Kooks in their festival side-shows then you’ll have to wait until the next time the infamous and melodic Brits make the journey down under to see them, but for now you can enjoy some of my favourite moments from the show that was below.