Review: The Kooks, The Dome, Brighton

The Rampant at the ramparts of Portchester Castle in 1967. L to r: Peter Richardson (aka Ritchie Peters  they turned his name around) vocals, Ron Hughes guitar, Ken Hughes (his brother) drums, Don Golding bass, Mick Cooper Hammond organ.

NOSTALGIA: Still Rampant after all these years – the band that just keep giving...

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Whether it was the excitement of being back on home turf or that they were relishing the success of their current tour, this four-piece certainly knew how to entertain the crowd.

Front man Luke Pritchard interacted with the audience by encouraging community singing and getting everyone in the upper tier on their feet.

The band played songs from their recent second album Konk. A firm favourite of mine was Down which included pitch-perfect vocals and incredible guitar playing.

Staying true to their fans and roots, The Kooks played an array of their older songs – many of which were written in Brighton.

The set was short at only an hour, but the boys had more than enough material to give their home crowd a brilliant gig, proving you don’t have to have had endless hits to build a big following.