The Kooks | Review
Limelight, Belfast • Monday 03 September ’18
Words: Stewart Robson | Photos: Marta Janiszewska
Indie icons The Kooks made a welcome return to Belfast this week playing a wonderful intimate show at one of the city’s most iconic venues.
Lavishing us with nostalgia, the Brighton based four-piece roared through a set full of new songs from their fifth studio album Let’s Go Sunshine.
Opening with new track, ‘Initials for Gainsbourg”, we were kicked into action by frontman Luke Pritchard who interacted with the crowd throughout. It got everyone bouncing but it was ‘Eddie’s Gun’ and ‘She Moves in Her Own Way’ that reminded everyone why The Kooks are so great. Taking me back to the indie-wonderland of the mid-noughties, both songs had the Limelight belting out every word.
New single ‘Four Leaf Clover’ is their latest single and Pritchard said that it reminded him of the Emerald Isle. A nice touch for a song that does, unfortunately, lack the quality of tunes from their back catalogue. But it’s delivered with energy with the stage beckoned in green.
‘Sweet Emotion’ from 2014’s ‘Listen’ was my song of the night though. A fantastic guitar riff that gives it a punchy pop feel yet decked with cool. It made the place a little sweatier too. (That’s not a bad thing of course.)
‘Ooh La’ brings another euphoric singalong with the short and sweet ‘Seaside’ bringing the tone down slightly but expertly delivered by Mr Pritchard and his instantly recognisable tones.
A two songs encore which ended with their biggest hit ‘Naïve’ brought the curtain down on The Kooks’ return to Belfast after just a year away.
Their set was laden with new songs which maybe lacked the oomph of past hits but be in no doubt, the south coast quarter still know how to deliver for their loyal indie mob.