Kaiser Chiefs’ Leeds United homecoming kicks off

Friendly Fires get the party started at Elland Road

Kaiser Chiefs‘ homecoming show at Leeds United‘s Elland Road stadium has got underway this afternoon (May 24).

Friendly Fires got proceedings underway at 4.20pm (BST), playing the first set of the day.

“Hello we’re Friendly Fires from St Albans, we’re the first band on,” frontman Ed Macfarlan told the crowd as they opened with ‘Photobooth’. “I know it’s the afternoon but I’d like to see some dancing if that’s possible.”

The four-piece then tore though a dancey post-punk mix of spiky guitars, bleeps and synths, as the crowd on the pitch and in Elland Road‘s stands began to grow.

“That’s the biggest crowd we’ve ever played in front of but after the first song we got into the swing of it, so we were quite comfortable up there,” Macfarlan told NME.COM after coming off stage. “It was amusing every time I said ‘Kaiser Chiefs‘ there would be this massive football chant. I guess it’s the closest I’m ever going to get to feeling like a footballer!”

Friendly Fires played:


‘Your Love’

‘Skeleton Boy’

‘On Board’

‘In The Hospital’



The Young Knives are set to play next, with Kate Nash and The Enemy set to follow ahead of Kaiser Chiefs‘ performance at around 9pm.

To get the latest news from the stadium, stay tuned to NME.COM all day.

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