LIVE REVIEW: The Kooks – Eatons Hill

“I’m not saying it’s your fault. Although you could have done more”. It’s the famous line that begins one of the most overused and beloved songs from all your favourite rom-coms. And it’s a song that has cemented a life time career for The Kooks. Celebrating the release of their fifth studio album ‘Let’s Go Sunshine’ the British rock band have returned to Australia for a massive run of dates to welcome in the new year. Wrapping up their tour in Brisbane, a sold out Eatons Hill filled to capacity as the flood lights at the top of the stage created a spotlight on the crowd. 

With the stage covered in blue lighting, the band walked out with their hands in the air to a massive cheer from the excited crowd. Launching straight into ‘Eddies Gun’ the show swayed between greatest hits territory as well as showcasing the funky stylings of their new record.  Lead singer, Luke Pritchard addresses the ecstatic crowd by telling them “it’s okay to let yourself go tonight’ as the “doo-doo’s” of ‘Always Where I Need To Be’ took over. From the beginning of the show the crowd were passionately singing along to every lyric, making sure that the band knew they were on their side and ready to make their last show in Australia one to remember. “If you remember this one lets raise the roof, yeah?” Pritchard screamed as he intro’d ‘She Moves in Her Own Ways’ with other fan favourites ‘You Don’t Love Me’, ’All The Time’, ‘Westside’, ‘Kids’, and the romantic ‘Sweet Emotion’ following suit. 

Telling the crowd about how ironic it was that he just got over jet lag the day of the last show, Pritchard also reminisced about their early release ‘Ooh La La’ and checked if the crowd still knew the lyrics to it, and they did. As the band slickly powered through their 90 minute set they turned the singalong moments up a notch with ‘Bad Habit’, ‘Seaside’ and ‘Junk Of The Heart (Happy). Saying goodnight to the crowd they walked off stage for a couple minutes whilst the venue chanted for more. Finally returning with ‘No Pressure’ they joked about how they couldn’t play a show without playing ‘Naive’ which they euphorically closed the show with. With the crowd bouncing in the air to the big singalong they proved why they’ve been able to non-stop tour for the past 14 years.  

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Photos By Zac Montgomery 

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