The Raconteurs and The Kooks close Big Weekend

Luke Pritchard gets cosy with the crowd

The Raconteurs and The Kooks rounded off the second and final day of Radio 1‘s Big Weekend tonight (May 11) with headline sets on the two main stages.

The Kooks followed Madonna in headlining the main stage at Mote Park in Maidstone, Kent, performing a hit-packed set which included recent single ‘Always Where I Need To Be’.

The Brighton four-piece also brought out the hits from their debut ‘Inside In/Inside Out’, such as ‘Ooh La’, ‘Naïve’ and the closing ‘Sofa Song’.

At the conclusion of the latter, frontman Luke Pritchard went down to greet the crowd at the barrier, where he was nearly pulled into the audience.

The Raconteurs, helmed by Brendan Benson and The White StripesJack White, headlined the second stage and thrilled the crowd despite drawing primarily on their most recent album, this year’s ‘Consolers Of The Lonely’.

Dressed in matching Confederate-influenced outfits, the group began with the album’s near-title track ‘Consoler Of The Lonely’, continuing with tracks including ‘Attention’ and ‘Salute Your Solution’.

The group also performed three songs from their debut ‘Broken Boy Soldiers’, namely ‘Blue Veins’, ‘Level’ and a riotous closing version of ‘Steady, As She Goes’.

The Kooks performed:


‘Always Where I Need To Be’


‘Eddie’s Gun’

‘Ooh La’


‘Time Awaits’

‘You Don’t Love Me’

‘She Moves In Her Own Way’

‘Mr Maker’

‘See The Sun’

‘Do You Wanna’


‘Shine On’

‘Stormy Weather’

‘Sofa Song’

The Raconteurs played:

‘Consoler Of The Lonely’

‘Hold Up’

‘You Don’t Understand Me’

‘Top Yourself’

‘Old Enough’

‘Blue Veins’



‘Many Shades Of Black’

‘Salute Your Solution’

‘Steady, As She Goes’