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LIVE REVIEW – MILES KANE PLAYS MANCHESTER’S ALBERT HALL, WHAT HAPPENED?

As I approach the entrance of the Iconic Albert Hall- it is clear who the queue of people have come to see. Paisley shirts,Adidas gazelles and Doc’ Martens mob the 40 year old venues chapel walls. 

However, the fan base does occupy a younger audience also. Sizeable groups of students scatter towards the bar and fill the standing area.

After a decade of writing and performing, Kane returns to Manchester after the release of his recent album ‘Change the Show’ that debuted in January of this year- a clear indicator lockdown did not slow the roll of Miles musical material.

This being the 11th stop on his highly anticipated UK Tour, with sold out dates in Liverpool and Sheffield

After collaborating with incredible artists such as Lana Del Rey and lifelong friend Alex Turner, this feels very much like a coming of age solo body of work for the Rock n Roll legend- his age now showing through these new tunes. Coming back to London from LA and embedding his roots back down to produce an honest and authentic record. Although many critics have claimed he has ‘played it safe’ for the most part, and the record holds a ‘familiar’ sound. Comforting, grounding, jazzy northern soul music will no doubt fill the venue. After all, isn’t the ‘familiar’ sing-along classics what fans of the Liverpudlian will be looking for?

An array of mirrors, and an extravagant red banner form centre stage as the spotlights illuminate the awakened crowd.

Fans are cheer and become impatient- anticipating the entrance of their Mod frontier. 

The lights dim and Kane storms to the stage as his band closely follow. He begins his ordeal with a song from his newest album ‘Don’t Let It Get You Down’– the familiar warped jazzy guitar symphonies fill the hall. This song (personally) feels particularly LA inspired. 

As he eases into the first portion of his performance our frontman seems notably comfortable- very much at home in his 70s inspired clobber. 

Although now looking to be slightly older, understandably through this decade of touring and recording, he gives an unbelievably youthful spectacle as the music continues.

The set continues and this high energy rockstar does not seem to be stopping anytime soon. 

Song’s like ‘Cry on my Guitar’ and ‘Blame It On The Summertime’ saturate the iconic Manchester venue; not short of Subdued harmonies and pleasingly nostalgic melodies. 

As if out of nowhere, a familiar face races to join Miles on stage. Tom from the ‘Blossoms’ grins to the fans fans below in his unmistakeable flares and a dashing velvet blue blazer. He accompanies with the classic ‘Colour of The Trap’- tensions begin to build as the crowd seems to recall every lyric back to the northern pair and chemistry sparks between the two performers. 

A breathtaking collaboration, sure to be the most memorable experience for onlookers to take home.

Soon enough, Kane serenades his fans with some iconic ‘The Last Shadow Puppet’ anthems. 

The crowd loses it as the iconic ‘Aviation’ riff begins to play. His onlookers not short of smiles as the vivd bass line rings out. 

Much to Miles liking, a new fan favourite is found. ‘See Ya When I See Ya’ begins to render. 

A perky and playful singalong breakthrough- with an unmistakably catchy chorus. A togetherness 

Is heeded as the show nears its end. 

This electric array closes with a classic from his debut album ‘Colour Of The Trap’. Fans screech and beg for more as the drums build for ‘Come Closer’- the perfect finale for Miles comeback ordeal. Leaving me and fans alike assured the show has changed, but Miles stellar performances certainly have not.

📸 Credit – Helen Millington