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Live review: Kooks at Swindon Oasis Leisure Centre

By on Sunday, 27th April 2008 at 10:46 pm

The Kooks, live at Swindon OasisThis review originally appeared on Hit40UK.

“Now, that’s why we played Swindon!” smirked Luke Pritchard of The Kooks as the band finished their smash-hit single “Naïve” midway through their set. He was having fun, and not afraid to show it as the Brighton four piece played the second night of their UK Tour.

Rewind two hours and Brighton co-residents The Rivers opened up the evening as the hoards of people piled into the gym of Swindon’s Oasis Leisure Centre for what felt like a special after-school treat. Quickly followed by the marvellous Kid Harpoon who bought their British-Decemberists sound to the masses, managing to turn a few sceptics into fans (though that may just be because of the lead singer, who looks distinctly like Mackenzie Crook from a distance!)

Whilst the support acts were good, there was no hiding who we were there for: the Kooks. Lights go down, the backdrop falls to the ground, and we have an empty stage, as a huge sign above the stage glows neon blue announcing “KOOKS”. Then, just as we though the screaming couldn’t get any louder, on swaggers Luke and co, plunging straight into their single “Always Where I Need To Be”. 3,000 people chanting the chorus of “Do do do dododo” is quite a sight to see, and came to be something we saw quite a lot of through the evening.

The first part of the set was mostly their new material, which whilst it received a good reception it was really the stuff from their first album we wanted to hear, and it showed. “We’re feeling a bit fragile, so be gentle!” commented Luke before they hurtled into “Eddies Gun”, though to be fair we’d never have guessed – their post-gig hangovers clearly not that bad on the second night of their tour. “Naïve” saw the first moment of everyone being word perfect, which showed the lads that their old material is still their best loved. All too soon it was time for them to go, soon to be replaced with a footie-style chant of “Kooks! Kooks! Kooks!”

Coming back on his own, Luke did two of the highlights of the night: acoustic versions of “Seaside” and “Jackie Big Tits”, which had us all wishing for savoured moments on Brighton Pier in the summer, and that special someone respectively. Finally, they closed with new song “Do You Wanna?” which saw things get a bit “hot ‘n’ cosy” as crowd surfers galore went over, Luke joined the crowd down the front and general last-song excitement.

Leaving the stage, we knew that Swindon had made its mark on the Kooks, and that they’ll be coming back for more.


The Kooks / Konk Spring UK Tour

By on Monday, 28th January 2008 at 11:20 pm

The KooksNot content with announcing their own NME show and a series of support shows, The Kooks have announced a string of shows for April and May around the UK in support of their new album, Konk.

Tickets go on presale on Thursday (31st January) at 9am from this page on gigsandtours, and you can preorder their CD from Amazon here

Tuesday 22nd April – Manchester Apollo
Wednesday 23rd April – Swindon Oasis Centre
Thursday 24th April – Newport Centre
Friday 25th April – Hull Arena
Sunday 27th April – Birmingham Academy
Monday 28th April – Sheffield Academy
Tuesday 29th April – Edinburgh Corn Exchange
Thursday 1st May – London Brixton Academy
Friday 2nd May – London Brixton Academy
Saturday 3rd May – Plymouth Pavillion


The Kooks / NME Warm up shows

By on Monday, 21st January 2008 at 7:50 pm

The KooksThe Kooks have announced a duo of dates to support their NME Shockwaves appearance at the Astoria in London on Monday 25th February.

Tickets go on sale from here tomorrow morning at 9am (Tuesday 22nd April).

Catch them at:

Saturday 23rd February – Lincoln Engine Shed
Sunday 24th February – Oxford Carling Academy


The Kooks on NME Brats UK Tour

By on Wednesday, 9th January 2008 at 5:22 pm

The KooksThe Kooks have announced a quick three date jaunt around the Northern end of the UK at the end of this month. They’ll then follow that up with a one off date in London at the Astoria on Sunday 24th February.

They’ve got a second album coming out later in the year, so expect a more extensive tour then.

Tickets for the three January dates go on sale tomorrow (Thursday 10th January) from 9am, whilst the London Astoria show goes on sale reportedly on Friday (11th January) at 9am. Catch the lads at:

Tuesday 29th January – Wrexham Central Station
Wednesday 30th January – Morecambe Dome
Thursday 31st January – Leeds Brundell Social Club
Sunday 24th February – London Astoria (NME Brats Show)


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