Kaiser Chiefs bring Olympic torch to Isle Of Wight Festival

Band play their first UK festival show in almost two years

Kaiser Chiefs ended their first UK festival show since the Reading And Leeds Festivals in 2009 by bringing the Olympic torch on stage with them at the Isle Of Wight Festival last night (June 10).

Frontman Ricky Wilson showed off the unlit golden torch to the crowd, bringing it on halfway through set finale ‘Oh My God’. “You seen this yet?” he asked the Main Stage audience. “This time next year, this’ll be lit… let’s have a huge round of applause for the Olympic torch.”

Kaiser Chiefs‘ return to the UK festival scene saw them take to the Main Stage before Kings Of Leon‘s headline slot. Playing for an hour, the band aired a handful of songs from their new internet-released album ‘The Future Is Medieval’ including single ‘Little Shocks’, as well as new song ‘Kinda Girl You Are’, which doesn’t feature on the album.

The band released their ‘pick’n’mix’ fourth album – the follow-up to 2008’s ‘Off With Their Heads’ – online last week.

They spoke to NME before their show about the album, saying they were happy for other artists to use the same download format as them. “I’d like them to do, with the proviso they added to it,” said Wilson. “It’d work well with ‘best ofs’,” added songwriter and drummer Nick Hodgson. “I can imagine Rod Stewart [using it].”

In terms of how much of a commercial success the album has been, Hodgson had this to say: “I don’t know for certain how many [we’ve sold], but as an experiment, its been like… we go online as a surprise with 20 songs and suddenly everyone’s talking about it, which is what we kind of predicted, well, hoped to happen. It’s not even that important, the numbers.”

Singles ‘Ruby’ and ‘I Predict A Riot’ were also served up by the band at last night’s show, with Wilson noting the rather damp conditions they were playing in. “Who gives a shit about a little bit of rain. It’s only water. I’m made of water!” he laughed.

Kaiser Chiefs played:

‘Dead Or In Serious Trouble’
‘Everyday I Love You Less & Less’
‘Long Way From Celebrating’
‘Little Shocks’
‘Modern Way’
‘Starts With Nothing’
‘I Predict A Riot’
‘You Want History’
‘Never Miss A Beat’
‘Kinda Girl You Are’
‘The Angry Mob’
‘Oh My God’

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