SXSW: Roof-climbing action at Cage The Elephant show

Wall-climb drama at NME showcase gig in Austin

Cage The Elephant played a gig this afternoon (March 15) at the Wave venue in Austin, Texas, as part of the NME afternoon showcase gig, during which singer Matt Schultz scaled a 12-foot wall to take the show to the roof.

A third of the way through his band’s set of raucous Led Zeppelin inspired rock, Schultz used the amp stake to climb onto the roof of the outdoor venue – a 12-foor climb – where he began waving a chair about, much to the fans’ delight.

Later in the set Schultz , wearing a pair of garish blue trousers, burst out into the crowd – which included fans MGMT – as he sang, bouncing off individual fans as the show geared up several notches in the energy stakes.

Things got so hot and bothered guitarist Brad Schultz came up with a way of cooling things down – by spraying a bottle of beer over his band-mates and the front row, after the band had played ’Sell Yourself’.

Fans were grateful to be able to cool down – today is another scorcher at SXSW in Austin as the bands perform on the final official day of musical events at the festival.

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