Kings Of Leon played a career-spanning set last night (July 6) at Open’er Festival in Gdynia, Poland, including new track ‘It Don’t Matter’ from forthcoming sixth album ‘Mechanical Bull’.
Playing in front of the largest crowd of the festival, the Nashville siblings showcased just one new track – the riff-heavy ‘It Don’t Matter’ – neglecting to perform ‘Supersoaker’, which was recently debuted at the Governor’s Ball.
Beginning with ‘Crawl’, the four-piece then fired straight into ‘Four Kicks’ and ‘Taper Jean Girl’ from second album ‘Aha Shake Heartbreak’, before rounding off their energised opening section of their set with ‘My Party’ and a frenzied ‘Molly’s Chambers’. “We’re only a few songs in and we can already say this is the best crowd we’ve played to on the entire tour,” said frontman Caleb Followhill after ‘Fans’. They then played ‘Back Down South’ from fifth album ‘Come Around Sundown’.
‘Pyro and ‘Be Somebody’ followed before Caleb asked the crowd if they were ready for a new song. They then played the aforementioned ‘It Don’t Matter’ before a crowd-pleasing ‘The Bucket’. Before playing ‘On Call’, Caleb said: “I just wanna play all night with you people.” The band ended their main set with ‘Knocked Up’ and ‘Use Somebody’.
Returning for an encore, the band opened the closing section of their headline show with ‘Radioactive’. “Are you all ready to sing? I’ve got a feeling this is gonna be really good,” said Caleb before a huge crowd sing-a-long to ‘Sex On Fire’. Kings Of Leon then finished with ‘Black Thumbnail’.
Kings Of Leon played:
‘Taper Jean Girl’
‘Back Down South’
‘It Don’t Matter’
‘Sex on Fire’
Earlier in the evening, as the sun began to go down, Miguel played on the Main Stage. The ‘Adorn’ singer was watched by Rihanna, who is due to play on the same stage tonight (July 7). “Make some noise for my home girl Rihanna,” said Miguel when he spotted the ‘Diamonds’ singer in the pit at the front of the stage. “I love you babe. Word up,” he added before singing ‘Lotus Flower Bomb’, his collaboration with Wale.
Meanwhile, in the afternoon, there was a Poliski Theatre production of a play loosely based on Courtney Love. The show intertwined the story of Love and Kurt Cobain with show business in Poland in the 1990s, and was set to the music of Nirvana and Hole. The bizarre play was entirely in Polish, with English subtitles, and also featured actors portraying various musicians including Axl Rose, Amy Winehouse and Henry Rollins.
The festival was brought to a close with a short, 15-minute show by Radiohead‘s Jonny Greenwood, who performed Steve Reich’s ‘Electric Counterpoint’, before Reich himself played with his Ensemble Modern.