Miles Kane - Ruby Lounge, Manchester

On the day before the release of his new album, Miles Kane stopped in Manchester for a relatively intimate show at the Ruby Lounge, writes Emma Roberts. There was a lot of excitement about his new material at the sold out gig but, as a scouser in Manchester, Kane still felt the need to warm the crowd up with Oasis’s ‘What’s The Story?’ before strolling onto the tiny stage.

It was a slow start breaking in with new material that was unfamiliar to most of the audience. However, he soon launched into material from debut Colour of the Trap, where the gig really started to come alive.

Kane stuck to his mod image, choosing to wear a long sleeved jacket, zipped right up to his chin throughout. Dripping with sweat after just a few songs, Kane seemed to be enjoying the experience as much as everyone else. It was notable that when he played more than one new song back to back, the atmosphere subsided a little, but the crowd seemed happy to bounce around nevertheless.

Bearing in mind he has two albums of material now and could have dipped into Last Shadow Puppets songs if he got really stuck, the short set time (an hour including the encore) seemed a little miserly. Interestingly, the post-set chatter didn't include much encouragement for him to return, but he did so anyway, for two more tunes, including an acoustic take on the title track from his debut.

Overall, this was an enjoyable arrangement of old and new, keeping the fans happy with his anthemic past, his keen sense of showmanship encouraging them into his newer, rockier material. Short, but sweet.

Setlist: You're Gonna Get It / Kingcrawler / Rearrange / Better Than That / First of My Kind / My Fantasy / Quicksand / Inhaler / Darkness In Our Hearts / Counting Down the Days / Taking Over / Give Up / Come Closer

Encore: Colour of the Trap / Don't Forget Who You Are

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