August 30, 2009 22:27

Kings Of Leon play 'last English gig for a long time' at Leeds Festival

The Followills bring festival to a close with Main Stage headlining slot

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Kings Of Leon brought the Leeds Festival to a close tonight (August 30) and told fans they won't see them on English soil again "for a long, long time".

Frontman Caleb Followill announced to the crowd at the Main Stage: "This is the last show we have booked in England for a long, long time, so I'm gonna get my buzz on. We're gonna miss you guys - we'll see you next year."

"When we come back, it's gonna be bigger and even more beautiful," he added later.

The singer also praised the audience's reaction to the set, stating it was better than the one they received at Reading Festival two nights ago (August 28).

"We're only five songs in and you've blown Reading to hell. This is for all you people who didn't come for two songs," he said.

The Tennessee rockers played a set that featured songs from all four of their albums, including 'Youth And Young Manhood' tracks 'Molly's Chambers' and 'Red Morning Light', both of which were warmly received by the large crowd.

Raucous versions of 'Four Kicks' and 'The Bucket' also got the masses moving, but it was predictably tunes from their most recent effort 'Only By The Night' that got the biggest reactions, with 'Sex On Fire' and 'Use Somebody' inspiring huge singalongs.

Followill later announced the clan were returning home to make a "phenomenal" new record, paying tribute to British fans for "creating this monster".

"It was the UK that made us feel like we could take on the world. In the process we may have lost a few fans, but we've got the best fucking fans in the world," he said.

Kings Of Leon played:

'Closer'
'Crawl'
'Be Somebody'
'My Party'
'Molly's Chambers'
'Red Morning Light'
'Fans'
'Revelry'
'Four Kicks'
'Charmer'
'Sex On Fire'
'The Bucket'
'Notion'
'On Call'
'Slow Night So Long'
'Cold Desert'
'Knocked Up'
'Manhattan'
'Use Somebody'
'Black Thumbnail'


NME.COM will be coming live from both the Reading And Leeds Festivals sites this weekend (August 28-30). Stay tuned to NME.COM/festivals for news reports, blogs, video interviews and photos from the event.

Get next Wednesday's (September 2) issue of NME for the ultimate Reading And Leeds Festivals review.

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