Published by RsvpAtl
The halls of Buckhead Theater quickly filled with fans escaping the harsh winter rain that Atlanta has come to know too well. Teens accompanied by their parents, leather jacket-clad twenty-somethings, popped collar polo boys and middle-aged couples, a diverse crowd you'd expect to see at an outdoor music festival, filled the small music venue, eager to see Tuesday night's headliner, The Kooks.
I got in shortly after the second opener, Barns Courtney, the English singer touring with The Kooks, took the stage. From his fringe lined leather jacket to his headband held shag hair, everything about Courtney screamed rock-and-roll, including his melodious voice. Belting out his hits like "Fire" and "Glitter and Gold", he got the crowds energy up and pumped for the headliner.
A brief break followed Courtney's performance allowing the stage to be changed over for The Kooks.
When the lights hit the stage, Luke Pritchard took center with his curls loose and an envy worthy velvet purple jacket. The lead singer immediately got the crowd going with his exuberant stage presence and 80's style, mildly reminiscent of an episode of The Monkees. The band played hit after hit, never disappointing. Pritchard got everyone involved, often getting off stage to sing while walking through the crowd.
The set includes classics like "Bad Habit" and newer songs like "No Pressure" from their latest album, "Let's Go Sunshine".
After their last song, the crowd went wild demanding an encore in which the band happily obliged, playing three more hits. It's clear from the diversity of their fans present at the show, The Kooks have remained relevant over multiple generations, with their music touching so many different groups and I'm sure they'll continue to please. I'd recommend catching one of their shows, here is a list of their tour dates:
February 26 - Boston, MA @ Orpheum Theatre
February 28 - New York, NY @ Terminal 5
March 2 - Baltimore, MD @ Rams Head Live!
March 9 - Singapore, Singapore
March 28 - Antwerpen, Belgium
March 29 - Amsterdam, Netherlands
March 30 - Bochum, Germany
April 1 - Hamburg, Germany
April 2 - Berlin, Germany
April 3 - Leipzig, Germany
April 5 - Stuttgart, Germany
April 6 - Paris, France
April 26 - Chamonix-Mont-Blanc, France
June 7 - Dublin, Ireland
June 30 - London, UK
July 12 - Manchester, UK
July 13 - Glasgow, UK
July 14 - Glasgow, UK
Aug 9 - Piestany, Slovakia