The Waterfront, Norwich
This was a brilliant gig by a brilliant band, and the punters at the packed Waterfront – which was sold out for this concert weeks before – enjoyed a performance from a band that is surely destined for big things. And by that, I mean great things.
Although the set was fairly short – it was a little over an hour long – it was compensated by the quality of the performance.
It would not be fair to say Keane are a cross between Coldplay and Radiohead because they have got a style of their own, and there is nothing unoriginal about their songs. But for the uninitiated, it's fair to say that if you like Coldplay et al, you'll like Keane.
They've got nothing to do with the footballer of the same name, although that didn't stop lead singer Tom Chaplin – who has family in these parts – tapping into the feelgood factor in the city at The Waterfront on Thursday night, at one point asking the lighting desk to make the stage yellow and green…
The East Sussex three-piece – completed by Tim Rice-Oxley on keyboards and Richard Hughes on drums – performed a tight set, fully living up to their billing as one of the brightest young bands around.
The biggest cheers of the night were reserved for the two singles off the forthcoming album, which will be out on Monday.
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Somewhere Only We Know went straight into the charts at number three a few weeks back, but already it has become a classic of his kind and it was welcomed by the crowd as such.
And new single Everybody's Changing – which should also do well in the charts when they are revealed this Sunday night – is another slice of catchy, singalong pop that went down a storm.
Phrases like “This band is going to be huge” and “You'll hear a lot more about this group” are easy to bandy about.
But Keane really will be big – and it will happen soon.
Keep this review. Cut it out and put it in a drawer somewhere. One day you'll find it again, and when you re-read it, you'll realise that I was right.