Kings Of Leon admit to being ‘scared shitless’ as they headline V Festival

Band close first night of 2010 bash at Chelmsford

Kings Of Leon headlined the V Festival in Chelmsford tonight (August 21), with frontman Caleb Followill admitting the band were “scared shitless” when they first played the event.

The band, who also headlined the event in 2008, played three songs, ‘Mary’, ‘Radioactive’ and ‘Southbound’, from their forthcoming new album ‘Come Around Sundown’ – released October 19 – during their set.

Taking to the V Stage after Stereophonics, the Followill four-piece were flanked by screens projecting video of their set in atmospheric black and white, as they opened with ‘Closer’ in front of an enormous crowd.

“We came here to party with you guys tonight,” frontman Caleb told the crowd after playing ‘Crawl’ and ‘My Party’.

Later he paid tribute again to the British crowd. “It’s always an honour to be back and to the place that made us who we are,” he said. “Thank you all for being here. I know you could be somewhere else, I know you paid a lot of money to come to this festival.”

He also recalled when the band first played V Festival, in 2004. “We were scared shitless and didn’t know how the people would appreciate us,” he explained. “But since the very beginning you have been wonderful.”

The new country-esque material was set alongside fan favourites including ‘Notion’ and ‘On Call’ – but it was ‘Sex On Fire’ that induced the biggest singalong, the Essex crowd bellowing along to the chorus loudly.

Kings Of Leon encored with ‘Knocked Up’, ‘Manhattan’, ‘Use Somebody’ and ‘Black Thumbnail’, ending the show with firework-style effects firing from the back of the stage behind them to end the first day of musical action at Hylands Park.

Kings Of Leon played:

‘My Party’
‘Molly’s Chambers ‘
‘Four Kicks’
‘The Bucket’
‘Be Somebody’
‘Sex On Fire’
‘On Call’
‘Knocked Up’
‘Use Somebody’
‘Black Thumbnail’

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