The singer, who showcased a series of tracks from his forthcoming album ‘Acid Country’ in the Virgin Media Union tent, made a joke about the Followills after praising Goldie Lookin Chain , who played on the same stage earlier in the day.
“Did you nick that off Goldie Lookin Chain or did you make it yourself?” he asked a fan in the crowd with a banner bearing the slogan ‘sperm donor’. “I like Goldie Lookin Chain, they’re nice guys drinking and schmoozing backstage. Not like Kings Of Leon, they’ve got their own compound. We couldn’t get in because we didn’t have beards.”
He later took a further pop at the band when he heard Scouting for Girls from the 4Music Stage.
“I can hear another band. Who is it? Scouting for Girls? They will be in 12 months,” he said. “No, I’m only joking. Everyone has been really nice except the Kings.”
The singer played a series of songs from his new LP, including the title track, ‘Welcome To The South’, ‘Life Of A Cat’ and forthcoming single ‘Ladder’s Bottom Rung’.
Introducing the track, he said: “This is my next single but it won’t get played on the radio because I’m not hip anymore.
“I was thinking when I was backstage with Tim Burgess and Paul Weller before, ‘Where did it all go wrong?’ I ended up looking after my guinea pigs, that’s probably why. This is for them.”
The singer, who was dressed all in black and backed by a solitary guitarist, said nothing throughout his performance apart from thanking the crowd at the end as he powered through songs from his back catalogue, including ‘On Jesus’ Program’, ‘One Way Street’ and ‘No Easy Action’.
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