Miles Kane: O2 Academy, Leeds

If you’ve ever seen Miles Kane perform live, you’ll know what it means to be in the presence of genius. The formula is simple; one quality showman, a mega-amplified sound and a fistful of contagious choruses – equals one hyped-up Leeds O2 Academy, eating out of the palm of your hand.

The opener, You’re Gonna Get It, puts this theory into action nicely. As the smoke descends the lights illuminate the packed out room, moving together as one massive force encapsulated by this infectious sound. This goes on all night. The set is filled with a perfect mix of old and new, as Taking Over from latest album ‘Don’t Forget Who You Are’ is followed by oldies but goodies, Quicksand and the incredible people-pleaser, Rearrange.

New single Better Than That witnesses the crowd throwing the words back at Kane as though they’ve known the song years. And thus an instant classic is born every time he opens his mouth. Once the unmistakable opening to Kingcrawler rings throughout the venue, I’m beginning to wonder who between the crowd and Miles is going to have to come up for air first. Neither side seems like letting up and the atmosphere is beyond electric. Song intervals are filled with choruses of “Yorkshire! Yorkshire! Yorkshire!” until Kane confesses “I do actually feel like a Yorkshire man tonight.”

The massive First Of My Kind is juxtaposed with a slow, melancholy Take The Night From Me and then contrasts again with the old-school 60’s tinged, My Fantasy. An extended version of Give Up blows the roof off, closely followed by the equally palpable Inhaler and Don’t Forget Who You Are. A brief exit off stage sees the audience take matters in to their own hands, and the voices of two thousand people bellowing “Don’t Forget Who You Are” mitigates any cheesy preconceptions of the song. The band return for one more round with Colour Of The Trap and Closer. If there ever was a man to give you more than you bargained for, Miles Kane is certainly it.

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