Kaiser Chiefs rock Carling Live 24

The band kick off the day-long music marathon

Kaiser Chiefs kicked off the Carling Live 24 festival this evening with a storming set, heralding the day-long music marathon (April 28).

Following support from The Pipettes and Captain, the band took to the stage at London’s Brixton Academy to play three new tracks as well as firm fan favourites from debut album ‘Employment’.

“We are Kaiser Chiefs and we’re planning on being Kaiser Chiefs for a little while,” singer Ricky Wilson said from the stage. In a big nod towards the Carling Live 24 event, he added: “This is a 24 hour drinking party and this is a drinking song, so enjoy it,” as the band ran into ‘Sink That Ship’.

The group tore through a set including new tracks ‘Heart Dies Down’, ‘Learnt My Lesson Well’, ‘High Royds’.

At one point, during ‘You Can Have It All’, Wilson plucked a fan from the audience and danced her round the stage. During ‘I Predict A Riot’, he also dived into the crowd, raced through the venue to the mixing desk and sang the rest of the song from the top of it. He also led a couple of Mexican waves.

Later (12.30am)Ian Brown geared up at the Islington Academy to treat fans to a greatest hits set, supported by Scratch Perverts.

As he came onstage dressed in a white tracksuit top, he shouted: “You got your dancing shoes on? You got your shoulders shuffling?” before he launched into ‘Golden Gaze’.

His hour long set was laced with hit singles such as ‘F.E.A.R’, ‘Whispers’ along with Stone Roses classics ‘Waterfall’, ‘She Bangs The Drums’ and Bob Marley covers ‘Redemption Song and ‘Three Little Birds’.

The Carling Live 24 event is a day long music festival which is running continuously for 24 hours in London, beginning at 7pm on Friday evening and running until 7pm Saturday.

Goldie Lookin’ Chain continued the party at the capital’s Canvas at 1.45am with the likes of ‘Bad Boy Limp’, ‘Your Missus Is A Nutter’, ‘Maggot At Midnight’ and b-side ‘Shit To Me’.

In the crowd, Manic Street Preachers singer James Dean Bradfield was spotted dancing to the GLC throughout their 60 minute set.

Happy Monday’ Bez and Inspiral CarpetsClint Boon also played DJ sets at the venue.

Saturday’s gigs kicked off at 4am with a set from Declan O’Rourke at Camden’s Proud Gallery before the following bands play:

7am Larrikin Love, The Holloways (Camden Barfly)

11am Dirty Pretty Things, Metro Riots, 747’s (Carling Academy Islington)

11.30am Boy Kill Boy (The Silver Sturgeon on River Thames)

2pm The Ordinary Boys, The On/Offs (Hammersmith Palais)

4pm Razorlight, Battle, Action Plan (Shepherd’s Bush Empire)

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