Kaiser Chiefs come home

They're introduced by a very special guest

Kaiser Chiefs played a homecoming show on the main stage at Carling Weekend: Leeds tonight (August 26).

The band pulled in one of the biggest crowds of the day as they were introduced by comedian Peter Kay for their long hour set.

Playing a similar set to their Reading performance last night (August 25), the five-piece showcased four new tracks – ‘Heat Dies Down’, ‘Everything Is Average Nowadays’, ‘High Royds’ and ‘Angry Mob’.


Frontman Ricky Wilson paid tribute to the Leeds crowd saying: “It is good to be home. Leeds you’re in fine voice tonight. We have travelled all over the world and no matter where we go there is always a pocket of guys singing Yorkshire! Yorkshire!.”

The band also performed crowd favourites ‘I Predict A Riot’, ‘Modern Way’ and ‘Oh My God’.

Later Franz Ferdinand closed the main stage, with a performance that, according to frontman Alex Kapranos, ends a three-year period for the band.

Opening with ‘This Boy’, the Scots performed a set heavy on improvisation, including an extended version of ‘Darts Of Pleasure’.

Backed by lights fashioned as can-can dancers, the band were joined by their usual troupe of celebrity drummers for encore track ‘Outsiders’, including Kaiser ChiefsNick Hodgson and Screech from The Long Blondes.

During a breakdown in ‘40”’, Kapranos played a snatch of The White Stripes’ ‘Seven Nation Army’, before nearly trashing his guitar during ‘Evil And A Heathen’.


The band ended with an extended version of ‘This Fire’.

Over on the NME/Radio 1 stage, fans were spilling out of the tent as Primal Scream played a hit laden set for their headlining show which was watched by Yeah Yeah Yeahs guitarist Nick Zinner.

The band showcased tracks from current album ‘Riot City Blues’ including ‘Country Girl’ and ‘Dolls’ along with older tracks ’Swastika Eyes’, ‘Kowalski’ and ’Rocks’.

Dramatically bassist Mani only just made the performance after being detained by police following a hotel disagreement.

Referencing the incident on stage, Primal Scream frontman Bobby Gillespie said: “We’d like to dedicate this next track ‘Jailbird’ to the Leeds‘ police force for arresting Mani again today.”

Stay tuned to NME.COM/festivals for full coverage from both sites of the Carling Weekend: Reading and Leeds Festivals including news, pictures and blogs, and check out next week’s issue of NME – out August 30 – for the ultimate festival review.


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