Despite the understandable nerves, the band remain steady handed, Hales exposes a charming sense of humour and a crystal clear vocal that sounds every bit as gorgeous as it does on the recorded version of "Strange and Beautiful".
"Good Times Gonna Come" worryingly provides an ear-blasting intro that Freddie Mercury would have been proud of, but after that the more familiar whiles and tortured high notes take a promising lead.
Previous to this night, the critics saw "Strange and Beautiful" as a watered down, rip off of Radiohead. To the less cynical it's proved to be a welcome addition to the ever-expanding Coldplay, Travis and Stereophonic's brigade.
Aqualung are here to prove the doubters wrong. And to a certain extent they do. Prefab Sprout harmonies, tightly navigated arrangements, delicate and sentimental piano riffs, provided by Hales, see us through a handful of album tracks such as the high octave "Tongue-tied" and the tender "If I Fall". They've done their homework, written some charming songs and what's more managed to perform them with passion.
But if you're looking for something groundbreaking or defining you've come to the wrong place. Aqualung are not gambling with their music. They are sticking to a familiar script. But, it has to be said, once the Radiohead similarities are dismissed, they are also carving a trademark sound for themselves with the piano-dominated songs and with Hales's almost ethereal voice.
Their sound belongs amidst a setting of sofas and coffee tables. And considering an integral part of every household in the country is indeed a "sofa and a coffee table", they could be on to a good thing. They may even be graced with a longer shelf life than your average TV ad band.