Review: Lime Cordiale at The 1865, Southampton

Review: Lime Cordiale at The 1865, Southampton

by Anita Foxall.

“You want some?”

You most definitely want some (or a lot) of Lime Cordiale.

They were nothing less than a powerful explosion of colour and sound invading  The 1865, Southampton, last night (9 September).

Lime Cordiale were certainly as refreshing as their name suggests. Their charisma and energy infected the audience from the instant the unexpected guitar riffs echoed across the venue announcing the band’s imminent presence. And the band didn’t cease to impress with their fierce vibrancy and Louis’ powerful magnificent voice.

As they step on stage, the band greeted us with exuberant poses, followed by hugging and kissing each other, as if a group of friends getting together for an intimate event, one that welcomed and invited a large crowd to join them in a journey of musical magic.

Opening with On Our Own, from their 2020 album 14 Steps to a Better You, followed by the beautiful Naturally with the crowd enthusiastically joining in in all the songs throughout. Screw Loose and Waking up Easy elated everybody, and then the most expected Ticks me Off was introduced with the question they consider makes one truly English “You want some?”. They undoubtedly have some much fun performing this song, they can’t refrain from ending it in a bit of a friendly brotherly wrestling moment.

Towards the end we are taken to a cover that Louis introduced with the declaration: “Southampton, when I think about you I touch myself,” and then The Divinyls song filled the venue.

The gig was sprinkled with the Leimbach brothers’ friendly rivalry, but one that was obviously filled with complicity and sealed at the end with all the band members kissing each other again.

Lime Cordiale’s released their first EP, Falling up the Stairs in 2013, and though the first full album was only released 4 years later, Permanent Vacation, it was certainly worth the wait, and then14 Steps to a Better You followed in 2020.

This year they embarked on a project with none other than Idris Elba, and so Cordi Elba was born, a collection of six fun catchy songs. At some point, someone in the audience called out for Idris Elba, but sadly he was not there.

Annie Hamilton, the opening act and a fellow Sydney musician, delighted everybody with her beautiful voice and songs, and truly warmed up and prepared the audience for the magnificent show about the come. “You are in for a treat” she warned us.

Lime Cordiale will hit you with a most wonderful enthralling show, so if you missed them this time, make sure you catch them next time.

  • The UK and Ireland  leg of Lime Cordiale’s tour continues until October 3, with dates including London and Brighton. For more information, click here.


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