Singer performed half of 'Don't Forget Who You Are' at tiny hometown show
Miles Kane played most of new album ‘Don’t Forget Who You Are’ at a tiny Jack Daniel’s JD Roots show in Liverpool as part of NME’s campaign to find Britain’s Best Small Venue in association with Jack Daniel’s JD Roots.
He took to the stage at Liverpool’s Zanzibar and performed seven new songs alongside a handful from his 2011 debut ‘Colour Of The Trap’.
“You’re gonna get it,” he yelled to the packed crowd in the tiny venue, before launching into the new song of the same name. From there, there were few breaks, one song leading almost directly into the next. “This has been brilliant, but we’re going to have to love you and leave you, Liverpool,” he said, before playing set ‘Come Closer’.
Kane and his band returned to the stage for an encore of ‘Colour Of The Trap’, introduced by the singer as “a beautiful song” and finally the title track of his new album ‘Don’t Forget Who You Are’, released on June 3.
The show culminated with Kane announcing the evening was “the proudest of my fucking life, Liverpool”, leading to a stage invasion, around 35 people rushing the small stage.
Speaking to NME after the show, he said: “That was the best gig I’ve ever played, it was amazing. The stage invasion at the end? There was one girl at first, and then another, both snogging me, then loads more on stage. It wasn’t aggressive, they were all just embracing. It was mad and amazing.”
He went on to say the Zanzibar was the scene of his second ever gig, when he was a member of The Little Flames. “But it was very different to tonight, I was really nervous. Tonight was the best night of my life,” he added.
“It feels really solid, the support I’ve got now. We played a load of new songs and a B-side, but it didn’t matter, the crowdjust went mad from beginning to end. I loved every second of it.”
Stoke City footballer Peter Crouch and wife Abbey Clancy were in the crowd. Also present were Ian Broudie, who produced Kane’s forthcoming album, and Bill Ryder-Jones, former guitarist in The Coral, and now a solo musician.
Miles Kane played:
‘You’re Gonna Get It’
‘Better Than That’
‘Get It Right’
‘Darkness In Our Hearts’
‘Counting Down The Days’
‘Out Of Control’
‘Colour Of The Trap’
‘Don’t Forget Who You Are’
Earlier in the evening, Kane performed a surprise acoustic show across the road in Heebie Jeebies bar, performing ‘Rearrange’, ‘My Fantasy’, ‘Come Closer’, ‘Don’t Forget Who You Are’ and ‘Colour Of The Trap’.
Following Miles Kane’s performance, the next three Jack Daniel’s JD Roots Homecoming shows have now been announced. Charlie Boyer And The Voyeurs are set to play a one-off Jack Daniel’s JD Roots Homecoming show at London’s Shacklewell Arms, The Family Rain headline their hometown Bath’s Moles on June 13 and Scunthorpe’s The Ruen Brothers playing at The Priory Hotel on June 20. For your chance to win tickets to all three shows visit nme.com/smallvenues now.
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The search for Britain’s Best Small Venue in association with Jack Daniel’s JD Roots is well under way, with thousands of votes already counted. The shortlisted venues will be announced in next week’s NME plus details of how you can help your favourite small venue win the coveted prize in 2013.
To vote for your favourite small venue head to nme.com/smallvenues now. While you’re there you can also watch full interviews with the likes of Kasabian, Peace, Palma Violets, Johnny Marr, Suede, Tribes and Django Django as they talk about the venues that made them.