Rising stars Zulu Winter supported Keane at Manchester’s O2 Apollo with an evening of the unexpected ahead for the crowd.
London-based Winter had a strong four-song set which included hits off of their debut album ‘Language’, released in May to critical acclaim.
The band are making big waves at the BBC, having been chosen as the Hottest Record in the World by influential Radio 1 DJ Zane Lowe on two occasions, and have performed at the legendary Maida Vale studios in an intimate session.
With a nod to fellow southerners Friendly Fires, frontman Will Daunt was clearly enjoying himself on stage, stargazing into the ceiling of the impressive Apollo arena.
Opener ‘Key To My Heart’ had an extended introduction and instantly had fans toe-tapping, providing the perfect setting for what promised to be a great night for the fans.
Summer tune ‘We Should Be Swimming’, is one of their breakout hits and a former Hottest Record in the World. It could easily fit into a album by American band The Drums, who had a similar hit name with ‘Let’s Go Surfing’.
Tipping into the more psychedelic form of indie rock was ‘Never Leave’, which typically captivated the stargazing genre of the forthcoming Keane songs on the way.
The catchiest number of the night was ‘Silver Tongue’, described as a fan’s favourite by the band. Opening with a catchy-as-hell drum beat, the high pitched voice of Daunt prompted a rising chorus of arms in the crowd.
The band were just the right fit for Keane, the main act of the night, and they are touring with the Ivor-Novello award winning band throughout their Strangeland 2012 tour.
After their set, the North West’s very own comedian Peter Kay took the crowd by surprise by introducing the main act, something that will live in the crowd’s memory for a long time.