The Kooks return for mammoth ‘Best Of’ UK tour in 2017

Greatest hits, b-sides and new material are all set to feature on Brighton band's comeback jaunt

The Kooks have announced plans for a mammoth ‘Best Of’ UK tour in 2017.

The band will hit the road for 17 shows kicking off at Manchester Academy on April 21 before wrapping up at London’s Alexandra Palace on May 13. Tickets for the tour go on sale this Friday (November 25) at 9am.

The Brighton band formed in 2006 and released their debut ‘Inside In/Inside Out’, which recently went five times platinum last month.


They have since released three further albums including ‘Konk’ in 2008, ‘Junk Of The Heart’ in 2011 and ‘Listen’ in 2014. Speaking about the latter, frontman Luke Pritchard said three years ago, the band grew “bored” of the music they were making prior to the record.

Speaking about the hip-hop and soul influences on the record, Pritchard said: “We were bored of ourselves. People are a bit bored of guitar bands, but at the end of the day, it’s only the feeling behind it, and music needs that to work. Any genre works, as long as there is feeling behind it. I am inspired by the songs, and that’s why it feels good.”

These comments follow a similar statement from Pritchard in which he said that ‘Listen’ is so different to their old material that they could have renamed the band.

Despite his previous comments, the band will be playing their greatest hits, b-sides and a series of new tracks they have been working on in the studio over the last year.

The full list of tour dates are as follows:


Manchester Academy  (April 21)
Birmingham O2 Academy  (22)
Scunthorpe Baths Hall (24)
Leeds O2 Academy (25)
Newcastle O2 Academy (27)
Glasgow O2 Academy (28)
Liverpool Olympia (29)
Nottingham Rock City (May 1)
Bristol Colston Hall (2)
Southampton O2 Guildhall (4)
Plymouth Pavilions (5)
Bournemouth O2 Academy (6)
Norwich The Nick Rayns LCR, UEA (8)
Cambridge Corn Exchange (9)
Leicester De Montfort Hall (11)
Southend Cliffs Pavilion (12)
London Alexandra Palace (13)