Miles Kane is back in town and Getintothis’ Jane Davies joined the mass sing along and dodged the flying drinks for this one.
The show biz juggernaut that is Miles Kane rolled back into town on his final leg of the UK Coup de Grace Tour and we were there to climb aboard.
There’s always a sense of heightened expectancy at a Miles Kane gig. That over used cliché “It’s going to go off!” is perfectly justified in this case. His well oiled, vocal fans never fail to deliver sing-alongs, projectile pint pots and tussles. Tonight was no exception.
Luckily for openers, The Mysterines, the bar had not been open long, and the venue was rapidly filling up in front of their eyes. Lia Metcalfe and co should feel very proud of themselves, for drawing in such an impressive early doors audience and providing the perfect kick start to the evening’s proceedings. The Mysterines’ blistering performance possibly eclipsed Cabbage’s set, although they had the luxury of an even bigger and increasingly animated crowd which included people dancing with umbrellas who had a premonition of wet weather conditions ahead.
Two females in the audience about to square up were promptly dealt with by security and the main act had not even arrived.
A silver, shimmering giant bauble of a disco ball twisting to “Young hearts run free” heralded the entrance of Miles Kane, resplendent in a suitably glamorous pink and black ensemble. The one time Mod had gone positively glam rock with his eye liner and white greasepaint; not the look you would associate with his following, but this guy has got a knack of getting away with anything.
From the off, as soon as the band struck up with “Silver Screen” the drinks started flying. Even one of the mixing desks had to be shielded with a towel. Why does this happen? It has to be one of the most annoying habits at gigs.
As is customary, many of the songs attracted mass sing alongs and reprises. Kane set a cracking pace, swaggering and posing and intermittently belting out songs from the new album and classics from the first two albums. “Cry On My Guitar” encouraged the audience to contribute a shed load of “sha la la la las” almost as many as the”la la las” on “Don’t Forget Who You Are”.
In keeping with the strong 70s vibe around his latest album, we were treated to a cover of Donna Summer’s “Hot Stuff” which delighted the crowd as soon as the first bar was struck and they responded, as ever, by singing along.
Flying drinks aside, what is commendable about a Miles Kane gig is that you are assured that the whole audience is composed of fans who have bought all his albums and know all the words and are never afraid to sing along and “Let it out, let it out, let it all out” to coin the words of the song “Rearrange”.
Don’t know what was the best thing about tonight.. the fact that Miles Kane covered Hot Stuff or came out to disco music and a glitter ball
— Alice (@aliceatkin) December 9, 2018
You are guaranteed one hell of a communal sing a long directed by a true showman who possibly deserves to be more recognised than he is.
Images by Getintothis’ Kevin Barrett