Tramlines 2016: The Crookes @ O2 Academy

Review of The Crookes’ Tramlines slot at The O2.

There are few certainties when it comes to the largest inner-city music festival in the country, but here’s one for you: at some point, somewhere, The Crookes will be playing.

However, when the guitar hooks are just this good, and the choruses just this catchy, there was very good reason indeed to be welcoming them home for their seventh consecutive year at Tramlines.

Hurtling into the early evening slot with the sunny ‘Where Did Our Love Go’, it took no time at all for this troupe’s particular brand of jangly, festival-ready indie pop to get the crowd firmly on their side, and before long there was even the inevitable item of fan underwear arriving on stage.
Time honoured favourites like ‘A Colliers Wife’ and ‘Backstreet Lovers’ made happy appearances in a set dotted with both the old and new, and there was plenty of evidence in their infectiously happy-go-lucky sound as to why this band has built the solid following it has.

While they often stray far beyond their eponymous suburb these days, it can safely be said that there’s a part of The Crookes that forever belongs to Tramlines – and, just the same – a part of Tramlines that will always belong to The Crookes.

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