A Night At The Country Club With Lime Cordiale

Lime Cordiale, the immensely popular Australian multi-instrumentalists, make a triumphant return to UK shores with their electrifying live show that is a complete sensory experience. 

Lime Cordiale @ Kentish Town Forum

Louis Leimbach of Lime Cordiale (Jacqueline Edmont)
Louis Leimbach of Lime Cordiale (Jacqueline Edmont)

Despite being far from their home in Australia, the surf-rock band has found their slice of home in the UK performing to adoring fans at the O2 Forum Kentish Town in London. And watching their show, it’s easy to be swept up in their infectious larger-than-life stage presence and emerge as a new fan. Oli and Louis Leimbach, the two brothers that lead Lime Cordiale, are not your ordinary musicians. They infuse their music with theatrics. Attending their show is like stepping into a whimsical circus world where every moment is filled with wonder and amusement. With an image of a jovial countryman holding a beer on the stage backdrop, the band create a scene of a Country Club to transport you to what feels like a circus comedy act at a country fair. They skilfully infuse recognisable theme park music into their song transitions to immerse you in their musical carnival. 

The brothers know how to keep you laughing. Their larger-than-life personalities shine through as they make funny exaggerated expressions and create bizarre dance breaks, injecting a dose of comedy into their performance. 

Lime Cordiale @ Kentish Town Forum

Oli Leimbach of Lime Cordiale (Jacqueline Edmont)
Oli Leimbach of Lime Cordiale (Jacqueline Edmont)

While there’s a lot of cheekiness and giggles, their musical talent is diverse. Their entire brand revolves around incorporating unusual instruments that you wouldn’t typically see from an indie-rock band. They feature the trombone and clarinet, and they are the only band I have seen that plays the kazoo. 

Lime Cordiale’s appeal goes beyond their entertaining production. The brothers have captivating charisma and foster genuine interactions with the crowd, making them a pleasure to watch. Whether they join you in the crowd to play right in your face, sing directly to you or engage the audience in a playful rivalry of cheers, they create an intimate experience that makes their audience feel seen and involved. 

“We thought in London no one fucking knows our band and no one gives a shit about us, but then we see all of you here!” Oli addresses the audience. One thing is for sure, they have a strong fan base in the UK. Before the show even started I heard one girl yelling in excitement, “I can’t believe they’re going to be standing right there! I just can’t comprehend it!” 

Ten years ago, in their early years, I watched the band play small venues and pubs on the Northern Beaches of Sydney. Seeing them now at the O2 Forum Kentish Town, a major live music venue on the other side of the world, is a testament to their incredible growth over the years. Their ability to infuse their music with a sense of fun and cheekiness, combined with their impressive musical talent and captivating stage presence, takes you on a hilarious and unexpected ride. Attending a Lime Cordiale show is like stepping into a circus extravaganza, where everything is vibrant, fun, and guaranteed to put you in a good mood.

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Live review and photography of Lime Cordiale @ O2 Forum Kentish Town by Jacqueline Edmont on 31st May 2023

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