Kaiser Chiefs play intimate gig at The Great Escape

The band played a greatest hits set at Brighton's Concorde 2

Kaiser Chiefs played a special intimate gig this afternoon (May 9) at The Great Escape festival in Brighton.

Following a rainy start to the event yesterday, the sun came out for the band’s early show, which was set to take place at 1pm but saw them coming onstage half an hour late at 1.30pm.

In front of a huge banner brandishing the group’s name, the band kicked off their 50 minute long, 11-song set with ‘Everyday I Love You Less and Less’, which saw the crowd join in on a mass sing-along as orchestrated by a double denim sporting frontman Ricky Wilson. It was followed by ‘Ruffians On Parade’ from the group’s most recent album, ‘Education, Education, Education & War’, with Wilson jumping up onto the monitors and getting the crowd clapping along. The show was branded as the Amazon Artist Lounge Live: The Secret Show.


After ‘Factory Gates’ Wilson said “So hiya kids, how you doing?!” to cheers from the crowd, before playing another new song, ‘Coming Home’. Peeling off his denim jacket to reveal a Huey Lewis t-shirt Wilson then embarked on a high-octane performance of ‘I Predict A Riot’, which saw him thrusting the mic stand into the audience before he walked down a window ledge on the side of the venue and swung from the venue’s rafters.

“If you didn’t know that one, you might know this one,” said Wilson, tongue in cheek, before ‘Ruby’. He introduced ‘Meanwhile Up In Heaven’ by saying that it was likely to be the band’s next single.

The band finished up the set with a rowdy rendition of their debut single ‘Oh My God’, which was originally released 10 years ago this month. Towards the end of the song Wilson made the crowd split down the middle and crouch on the floor before climbing off the stage to sing the climax of the song amongst the fans. “What a way to start the day!” he commented. “I’m usually waking up around now.”

Kaiser Chiefs played:

‘Everyday I Love You Less and Less’
‘Ruffians On Parade’
‘Never Miss A Beat’
‘Factory Gates’
‘Coming Home’
‘I Predict A Riot’
‘Meanwhile Up In Heaven’
‘We Are The Angry Mob’
‘Misery Company’
‘Oh My God’

Kaiser Chiefs recently announced two huge shows for 2015, playing London’s O2 Arena on February 13, 2015 followed by a homecoming show at Leeds Arena on February 14. The resurgent band have been celebrating the Number One success of fifth LP ‘Education, Education, Education & War’, the second chart-topping album of their career and the first without drummer Nick Hodgson.


Kaiser Chiefs will play:

London O2 Arena (February 13, 2015)
Leeds First Direct Arena (February 14, 2015)

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