Live Music Review:Kongos at Hoxton Square Bar
Playing at London’s Hoxton Square Bar on Thursday (23) night was South African band Kongos, who showed the sold-out audience exactly why they’ve become so popular over the last few months.
Kongos, who are made up of brothers Johnny, Jesse, Daniel and Dylan, had the mixed-age audience waiting in anticipation for their on-stage arrival. When they finally took to the stage at 9.30pm, there was no grand entrance, only a need to get on with the gig and start playing their music. This is usually the mark of a good band; they don’t need a fancy arrival to get a crowd on their feet.
The lively and upbeat Hey I Don’t Know opened the set and got the audience energized and in a sing-a-long mood, which lasted the duration. The loudness and intimacy of the gig was a treat for fans, with the band already having over 100,000 likes on Facebook.
Highlights of the gig included Sex on the Radio and the hugely popular Come With Me Now, with it’s punchy and raw sound.
Prior to the Hoxton gig, Kongos had played at London’s 02 Arena on the previous night, supporting US band One Republic. This surely marks a transition for Kongos in terms of playing to a huge crowd at a renowned venue, and if the success of their recent gigs is anything to go by, we can expect to see a lot more of the band in the near future.
For those who are yet to experience Kongos live, their debut album, Lunatic, is out now.