Arms in the air, over ten thousand voices and enough powerful anthems to sing your heart out to until you drop. Keane packed out the O2 arena and proved they have still got what it takes to be at the very top of their game.
The stage placed perfectly at the very epicentre of the arena, Keane had every corner covered. A rotating drum kit at its centre saw pianos, guitars and percussion dotted all over with large screens facing the crowd on every side of the venue.
Die-hard fans sang in liberation, as Tom Chaplin owned the stage running energetically from side to side soaking up every single second. His genuine gratitude and humbleness to being in the position that they are right now made him even more endearing than his pristine vocals.
For a band that have been making music for over twelve years, they have lasted the duration and solidly. Through excessive highs and textbook rock and roll lows Keane are still standing strong with the ability to sell out stadiums across the globe.
Playing out some of their biggest ballads from albums Hopes and Fears, Under The Iron Sea, Perfect Symmetry and more currently Strangeland Keane's perfection in their musical craft shone brightly. Standout fans that have been there since the start, not stopping to breathe and as dedicated to the band as the band are to each other.
As Everybody's Changing, Somewhere Only We Know and This Is The Last Time had the whole arena on their feet, couples stood arm in arm and friends swayed side-by-side singing every lyric. With beaming smiles and warm contented hearts, the crowd were involved until the end and totally submersed in the O2's atmosphere.
In an industry that is ever changing and with artists being pushed to new levels of both talent and showmanship, Keane showed just why they are in the position they are in. Not only do they create music that is timeless, it is well produced, beautifully thought out and perfectly mastered. The very way in which their show was crafted respected their fans and showed both care and careful planning. There were no hiccups, no songs used to fill time and no point that your smart phone was needed to distract your boredom.
With their album Strangeland released worldwide, Keane may have well stood the test of time. When bands have been together for over ten years and can still make good music and pull loyal crowds not only does it show that they are here to stay, it secures them a place amongst some of UK musical greats. Massive musical respect.