Before doors opened at 7 pm, there was already a sizeable queue formed outside the venue, which for tonight’s show was the O2 Academy in Bournemouth (well actually Boscombe), and a venue that I have never shot at before, but as soon as I arrived I realized it is the same place I used to go nightclubbing as a teenager, so this was my first visit back in 34 years.
The inside of the venue is spectacular with its decorative architrave all around the room and balcony, and a wonderful arched roof, making for a very atmospheric and beautiful backdrop to some wonderful music.
7:30 pm sees the appearance of our first act Kyle Falconer, who hails from Dundee in Scotland and has the honor of opening up proceedings. His debut solo album ‘No Thank You’ released last year, is available on all the usual outlets.
He played a short but very effective 20-minute set, but he was to return later on in the evening for another appearance. Made some new fans tonight for sure.
Next up was another new band to me, King Nun from London. They took to the stage at 8:10 pm and are a four-piece fronted by red-haired Theo. They have boundless amounts of energy as they all give 100% of their entire 40-minute set, including a trip into the audience for the aforementioned Theo.
They are full-on, full of energy, rocket-powered dynamos that put on a great show and really warmed the crowd up ready for the main event.
The reason that most people were there was to see the headliners The Struts. These guys were on the last leg of their UK part of the current Young & Dangerous tour.
Pretty much 9:15 pm on the dot, the lights dimmed and the excitement was building to a breaking point in the crowd. In the dark, you can just make out Addo, Jed, and Gethin before Luke bursts onto the stage in his usual energetic way and the lights come up to rapturous applause.
We are straight into ‘Primadonna Like Me’ quickly followed by ‘Body Talks’, both from the latest Young & Dangerous album before a personal favorite ‘Kiss This’ keeps the tempo high. The crowd has been hit by a musical hurricane, and there is no sign of it slowing down any when soon.
Next, we are treated to ‘In Love With A Camera’ followed by ‘Fire’ and ‘One Night Only’.
Another major sing a long high tempo tune next with ‘Dirty Sexy Money’ before the latest release ‘Tatler’ is played.
‘I Do It So Well’ gets the crowd moving again before an acoustic break for ‘Mary Go Round’ which goes down a storm. Kyle Falconer is introduced back onto the stage for a rendition of ‘Same Jeans’ before ‘Put Some Money On Me’ and ‘Where Did She Go?’ brings some major audience participation as well as a band introduction and draws to a close the set.
The crowd wants more and before too long the band is back on stage to bring us ‘Somebody New’ before ‘Ashes’ and the final encore song ‘Could Have Been Me’ brings a wonderful performance to a close.
These guys are the real deal and with Luke, they probably have the finest frontman in the music industry today. Long may their success continue and long may they keep touring over here in the UK. If you get a chance you really should go and see this band live as they are something special.
Review & Photography // Will Carter // Two Finger Media