Kings of Leon say headlining final day of Optimus Alive is ‘intimidating’

US band bring Lisbon festival to a close along with Tame Impala, Phoenix

Kings Of Leon headlined the final day of Optimus Alive festival last night (July 14), calling the day’s line-up “intimidating”.

Taking to the stage at 11pm, the US band performed a set that took in songs from throughout their career, opening with ‘The Bucket’ and ‘Radioactive’. Despite having played a spate of new songs at recent gigs, no new material was aired in the set. Later, frontman Caleb Followill told the crowd: “It’s great to be here. There’s some great bands playing, the line-up is intimidating.” He had previously revealed to the audience that the show was their last of the tour, saying the band were “ready to have some fun”.

“How are you people doing?” He asked after ‘Crawl’. “It’s been a long time since we’ve been here. Thanks for having us back.” The band then launched into ‘My Party’, provoking a huge singalong from the crowd.


Before playing ‘Cold Desert’ the singer told fans “like I said this is the last night of the tour so my voice is a bit hoarse. But I really want to sing this for you.” After, Kings of Leon played ‘Use Somebody’ as the last song of their main set. Returning for a three song encore including ‘Knocked Up’ and ‘Black Thumbnail’, Followill thanked the crowd again. They then proceeded to close the festival with ‘Sex On Fire’.

Earlier in the day, Tame Impala also completed their current tour on the main stage, playing the likes of ‘Enders Toi’, ‘Feels Like We Only Go Backwards’ and ‘Elephant’. Accompanied by psychedelic visuals shown on the screens either side of the stage, it was the band’s first Portuguese show since Nick Allbrook’s departure.

Phoenix played immediately before Kings Of Leon, with Thomas Mars telling the crowd, “Thank you very much, you have no idea how happy we are.” The French band opened their set with recent single ‘Entertainment’ and also closed the set with one final burst as Mars crowd surfed from the middle of the audience to the stage.

Mercury prize winners Alt-J played to an enormous crowd on the Palco Heineken Stage. With fans spilling out from the tent, the Cambridge band played tracks from their debut album ‘An Awesome Wave’ to rapturous response. “It’s a pleasure to be here in this beautiful city and this fantastic festival,” said Gus Unger-Hamilton after a thundering ‘Fitzpleasure’.

Jake Bugg also performed at the final day of the festival. The Nottingham singer was warmly received by the crowd, who at one point started screaming and cheering for no apparent reason. Bugg looked on incredulously, saying bemusedly, “I didn’t even say anything!”

He also played two new songs, the first of which – ‘They Can’t Catch Me And You’ – Bugg introduced by saying, “This is the first time we’ve played this together.” He followed it with ‘Slumville Sunrise’, which has been a fixture of his live set of late.


Kings of Leon played:

‘The Bucket’
‘My Party’
‘Taper Jean Girl’
‘The Immortals’
‘Back Down South’
‘Four Kicks’
‘Molly’s Chambers’
‘Be Somebody’
‘On Call’
‘Cold Desert’
‘Use Somebody’

‘Knocked Up’
‘Black Thumbnail’
‘Sex On Fire’