Electro-emos kick off Main Stage at festival

New York four-piece Mindless Self Indulgence opened the Main Stage at Leeds Festival today (August 22) with a confrontational performance.

Dressed in black, the electro-emo group’s frontman Jimmy Urine took the opportunity to insult the audience, as well as Coldplay, Oasis and Blur.

Near the start of the band’s 40-minute set, Urine joked: “We are Coldplay. Coldplay sing piano rock and fuck Gwyneth Paltrow.”

Before performing ‘Prescription’, the singer goaded the crowd into calling the band “assholes”, before he himself joked the audience were “stupid motherfuckers”.

Referring to the infamous 1995 spat between Blur and Oasis, Urine said: “We had Tupac [Shakur] and Biggie [Smalls] fucking shooting at each other. What did you have? ‘Ooh, Damon Albarn‘s so cute!’”

The group, which also features bassist Lyn-Z, wife of My Chemical Romance‘s Gerard Way, mostly performed tracks from their 2008 album ‘If’, including the aggressive ‘Evening Wear’, as well as older tracks, including ‘Faggot’.

Before ‘Bitches’, the band asked the crowd to send their “voodoo” to heal Slipknot drummer Joey Jordison‘s broken ankle, which forced the metal band to pull out of today’s line-up on the Main Stage.

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