Maroon 5 took to London’s Roundhouse in Camden on Thursday night for part of the iTunes Festival.
After support acts Nick Gardner and Matthew Koma had performed, the American five-piece took to the stage. They kicked off their hour-long set with the energetic ‘One More Night’, before taking us back to the early 2000’s with ‘This Love’, making it instantly clear that this night would be a showcase of the best Maroon 5 hits.
They performed a range of songs from 2012’s ‘Overexposed’ release, including their number-one hit ‘Payphone’, the fist-pumping ‘Lucky Strike’ and our favourite ‘Love Somebody. We were also treated to a couple of new tracks taken from their fifth album ‘V’ – the catchy lead single ‘Maps’ and the honest ‘It Was Always You’ – which was only released last week. Although they wowed with this new material, it was definitely the tracks from ‘Songs About Jane’ that got the best reaction, with everyone singing along word for word during ‘Sunday Morning’ and the beautiful ballad ‘She Will Be Loved’.
Frontman Adam Levine impressed throughout, showing off his flawless falsetto and incredibly recognisable vocals, as well as some interesting howling. He also proved to have strong showmanship, having just the right amount of banter with the crowd; from talking to a fan who was holding up a sign asking if she could lick him, to drinking a cup of tea on stage, as a form of respect for being in England. And of course let’s not forget when he had to stop their performance of ‘Moves Like Jagger’ due to his excessive jumping during the intro resulting in him, as he put it, nearly having a “heart attack”.
They slowed the pace down with an acoustic performance of ‘She Will Be Loved’, before bringing this enjoyable night to an end with ‘Daylight’. Although there were quite a few notable similarities from their arena tour in January, and we admit we would have liked to have heard a few more tracks from their new album ‘V’ – especially ‘Sugar’ and ‘New Love’ – it was certainly an unforgettable evening. We’re counting down the days until they return to London with their ‘Maroon V Tour’ next May.