The Subways have a party at Koko in London

PUBLISHED: 14:10 05 October 2011 | UPDATED: 14:22 05 October 2011

Rock & Roll Queen Charlotte Cooper

Rock & Roll Queen Charlotte Cooper


LEAPING half naked from the first balcony onto the adoring fans below crowned a defining night for frontman Billy Lunn and Welwyn Garden City band The Subways at Camden’s Koko.

The three-piece blasted through an energetic, entertaining hour-long set in front of what Lunn, sporting dyed red hair, described as the band’s craziest London crowd ever.

From the moment the Herts trio of Lunn, bass player Charlotte Cooper and drummer Josh Morgan stepped onto the famed stage last night (Tuesday) and launched into Oh Yeah, which was their first hit in 2005, the crowd were putty in their hands.

Cooper, kitted out in a sparkly number, bounded around the stage with a mass of blonde hair thrashing around to tune after tune.

Mixing old favourites such as Rock & Roll Queen and I Want To Hear What You’ve Got To Say, with new efforts from their new third album Money and Celebrity, like the infectious We Don’t Need Money To Have a Good Time, they have perfected their live set.

That is hardly surprising considering in recent years they have supported such music legends as AC/DC at Wembley Stadium and Foo Fighters.

Despite the moshing and crowd-surfing – singer and guitarist Lunn’s dive from the balcony taking place during encore closer It’s a Party – the Camden show still had something of an intimate feel to it.

The London date was the closest to a homecoming Herts show on their current tour, which now heads out to the rest of Europe.

Friends and family of the band were in the Koko crowd, revealed by Lunn when announcing the song Mary, which was written about his mum who was watching on.

With three albums now under their belts, The Subways have developed from their festival favourites tag to more than holding their own in their headline gigs, leaving new fans and old wanting more.

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