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01/11/2012 | Little Comets – Koko, London

Alice Weavers

Little Comets

The final night of their UK tour brought Little Comets to one of London’s best gig venues, KOKO in Camden. Having seen the Tyneside trio live six times before, I felt proud to see one of my favourite bands sell out their largest venue yet, with the ex-theatre packed to the ceiling with fans.

On first were Bwani Junction, who were immensely pleased to see a banner in the crowd dedicated to them. They played a vibrant half hour set which got the crowd going in time for Little Comets’ label mates, General Fiasco, who showcased songs from their new second album. However, the crowd were impatient for Little Comets to come on and even the sight of someone tying the resident washing line up across the stage (the band always play with percussion instruments tied to a washing line) sent people at the front crazy with anticipation.

The band opened with two songs from their recent second album, Life Is Elsewhere, but it was the third song Isles, from their debut, which really got everyone singing along. The first lyric: “Economic downturn, you can’t get a job…” still rings true two years after it was released. No doubt the majority of the young audience could relate.

Although this tour supports the new album, with it only having been out a couple of weeks not everyone is familiar with the new material, and the biggest cheers of the night were definitely saved for tracks from their debut. Everyone was dancing for Adultery and One Night In October, songs made famous by their early days of filming impromptu gigs on the Newcastle Metro or gatecrashing uni lectures.

Lead singer Rob Coles seemed awed by the scale of the whole gig, saying he wasn’t used to looking up at gigs due to KOKO’s three tiers. They may have been playing to more fans than ever before, but thankfully the warmth and fun that made early small gigs such fun was not lost in the larger venue. Thanking the crowd for helping them get to where they were, Little Comets remain an understated band who long deserved to be playing to so many adoring fans.