Bloc Party reveal headlining ambition at Leeds Festival

But Kele Okereke bemoans subdued crowd during set

Bloc Party revealed their ambition to headline Reading And Leeds Festival during their set on the Main Stage at Leeds Festival tonight (August 24).

“This is the last time you’ll see us for a while. Hopefully next time you see us at this festival we’ll be headlining,” singer Kele Okereke told the crowd before final song ‘Helicopter’.

Okereke also bemoaned the subdued crowd, complaining: “I know it’s a Sunday night, but you must have it in you to go crazy. Let’s not draw on the negatives, though, eh?”


The singer’s mood lightened when he later admitted: “We don’t normally enjoy Leeds as much as this, thanks for making us enjoy it tonight.”

The band played a similar set to their appearance at Reading Festival last night (August 23), including two tracks – ‘One Month Off and ‘Mercury – from new album ‘Intimacy’.

‘Intimacy’ was rush released as a download last Thursday (21 August).

Daniel Lindegren once again stood in on bass for Gordon Moakes, who is on extended paternity leave from the band.

Before ‘One Month Off’ Okereke encouraged the crowd to get loved up, saying: “If you’ve met someone at the festival, and they’re stood next to you now, give them a squeeze,”.

Fan favourites ‘So Here We Are’, ‘Flux’ and ‘Banquet’ were also aired in the set, which concluded with ‘Helicopter’.


Bloc Party played:


‘Hunting For Witches’

‘Positive Tension’

‘Song For Clay (Disappear Here)’

Straight into


‘Two More Years’

‘One Month Off’

‘This Modern Love’

‘The Prayer’

‘So Here We Are’

‘Like Eating Glass’



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