Kaiser Chiefs take on Rage Against The Machine and win

Band win over US rockers' fans at Oxegen

Kaiser Chiefs inspired a series of circle pits and full scale moshing as they won over Rage Against The Machine‘s fans at Oxegen tonight (July 13).

With the festival operating a policy on the main stage of controlling numbers at the very front of the crowd, a number of the US veterans’ fans had queued up early to be sure of their spot at the front.

However with Kaiser Chiefs playing before – rather than the same time as at T In The Park last night (July 12) – some of the rockers were not initially convinced by the Brits.


Immediately proving his moshing credentials, frontman Ricky Wilson dived into the crowd before his band had played a single note, and then repeatedly headed into the crowd during the first few songs.

That tactic worked with Rage Against The Machine‘s hardcore not only forming a grudging respect for Kaiser Chiefs but quickly forming circle pits in the giant crowd for the likes of ‘Na Na Na Na Naa’, ‘Ruby’ and ‘I Predict A Riot’.

Wilson then impressed them even further during ‘Take My Temperature’ by leaping the safety barrier at the front of the stage and running through the crowd to sing his vocals in the heart of the mosh pit.

As well as gaining the respect of the rockers in the crowd, Irish Kaiser Chiefs fans also got to hear three new songs – ‘Never Miss A Beat’, ‘You Want History’ and ‘Half The Truth’ – live.

The band even introduced “Bono‘s brother”, really their tour manager Mike Darling , to play tambourine on ‘You Want History’, before wrapping things up with customary closer ‘Oh My God’.

Kaiser Chiefs played:


‘Everything Is Average Nowadays’

‘Everyday I Love You Less And Less’

‘Heat Dies Down’

‘Na Na Na Na Naa’

‘Never Miss A Beat’


‘Born To Be A Dancer’

‘You Want History’

‘Modern Way’


‘Half The Truth’

‘I Predict A Riot’

‘The Angry Mob’

‘Take My Temperature’

‘Oh My God’

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NME.COM caught up with Kaiser Chiefs backstage the previous day at T In The Park. You can watch the interview by clicking on the link below.