Band play hit-filled set and avoid technical difficulties as they close second day of event
Paramore tonight (August 23) headlined Leeds Festival for the first time, with lead singer Hayley Williams bringing her younger sister on stage for the occasion.
The set began in triumphant fasion with yellow and blue streamers exploding from the stage during opener ‘Still Into You’. That was shortly followed by ‘That’s What You Get’ and ‘For A Pessimist, I’m Pretty Optimistic.’
As an LED screen flashed the name ‘Paramore’ behind the band in bright white light, they put the emphasis on stagecraft – bassist Jeremy Davis jumped over guitarist Taylor York as they played ‘Pressure’.
Taking her first opportunity to speak to the huge audience watching on, frontwoman Hayley Williams – sporting blue hair and a black leather jacket – jokingly said, “You look warm,” before praising co-headliners Queens of the Stone Age. Williams said, “We’re honoured to play here at all, never mind so high up the bill” before shouting the band’s “We. Are. Paramore!” catchphrase.
Later on in the set, Williams addressed her band’s rise up the Leeds Festival bill over the course of their career, saying: “Was anyone here two years ago? And who has never seen us before? It’s nice to meet you, where have you been? You’ve only had ten years!”
Prior to playing ‘The Only Exception’, Williams also referenced the technical difficulties the band endured during their set at Reading Festival last night. “We tried to play this last night and it went horribly wrong. I don’t know if you heard, it was all over the internet. Well, we’re going to do it the proper way now.”
As has become tradition at Paramore gigs, one fan got on stage with the band as they played ‘Misery Business’. The girl, who was called Ellie, was invited onto the stage to sing the bridge of the song using a golden microphone and dance to the track as it came to a close. “Listen Ellie, they’re cheering for you” said Williams as she left the stage.
Another guest arrived on stage during set closer ‘Ain’t It Fun’, in the shape of Williams’ sister Erica. Speaking about her sister earlier in the set, Hayley said: “Today has been a great day. I got to meet an idol – Brody Dalle and watch Jimmy Eat World with my sister, who has come to England for the first time.”
Speaking to NME last week, Williams revealed that her sister has just finished high school and “loves music more than I do”.
‘Still Into You’
‘That’s What You Get’
‘For A Pessimist, I’m Pretty Optimistic’
‘The Only Exception’
‘Brick By Boring Brick’
‘Let The Flames Begin’
‘Ain’t It Fun’