Walking in to the venue felt like being transported back in time to the Mod’s golden age of the 60’s, it was as if we were extras in a scene from Quadrophenia. Arriving in time to catch the support bands proved fruitful as both The White Room and Telegram won over the Miles faithful; The White room managed to evoke a Stone Roses vibe with some of their elongated bridges and Telegram combined garage and kraut rock for blindingly brilliant results. Despite this strong support bill, it was clear to see the audience were only really there for one man, as the stage was set up for his arrival, the audience serenaded Mr Kane by calling out his name, and as he walked on stage he was greeted by sheer adoration.
After posing straight into the camera lens and assessing his fans, Miles Kane launched straight in to a frenetic version of ‘Inhaler’ and bounced off the crowd’s energy throughout his set. With the mood very much set Kane kept the ‘vibe’ (as he frequently referred to it as) going with ‘Kingcrawler’. Miles was in an extremely buoyant mood and continued to jump and pound around the stage with the grins and grimaces that highlight just how much he loves playing live, and by the time he reached ‘Give Up’ it was time to have a little fun. As they reached the middle eight the band broke things down, and after a few ‘oooh ooohs’ the chord pattern deviated, and they broke out in to a cover of the Rolling Stones’ ‘Sympathy for the Devil’ with Miles singing and strutting about like Mick Jagger on speed. Just to add a bit more gloss to this great touch they then broke back in to the refrain from ‘Give Up’ with Kane conducting a singalong and telling the crowd he ‘always wants more’.
Leaving the stage after a typically raucous rendition of ‘Come Closer’, the baying audience demanded more from their Mod revival hero, and going along with one of the themes of the evening, the band showed their tight musicianship by again extending songs with jam sessions midway through, adding a touch of psychedelia. Upon the obligatory return to the stage, Miles appeared alone for a stripped down, acoustic version of his love song ‘Colour of the Trap’ before introducing each member of his band and playing an electrifying version of the second album favourite ‘Don’t forget who you are’, this set closer undoubtedly received the biggest reception of the evening and as the audience lost their shit, Miles bought the fun on the seaside to a close before thanking his fans and leaving the stage.
Written by Ben McBride
Photo’s by Matthew Iredale