Kooks crowd craziness!

Thousands locked out for NME/Radio 1 stage set

The Kooks have been declared one of the biggest bands of the opening day at Carling Weekend: Leeds after an estimated 1500 fans turned up to watch their show outside the NME/Radio 1 Tent because there was no room inside.

The Brighton four-piece – who played a 13 song set urged those inside and around the tent to “take a step back”. At one point, an official took to the microphone making a similar plea.

Those unable to get inside the tent watched the performance on giant screens outside.


The Kooks played songs from their debut record ‘Inside In/ Inside Out’ as well as new track ‘Louby Lou’.

The set-list was:


‘See The World’


‘Eddie’s Gun’


‘Ooh La’

‘Time Awaits’

‘Louby Lou’

‘She Moves In Her Own Way’

‘If Only’


‘Sofa Song’

‘You Don’t Love Me’

‘Pull Me In’

Following The Kooks, The Rakes played to a sizable crowd on the same stage.

They showcased a number of new, currently untitled songs and were joined for the final song ‘22 Grand Job’ by rapper Lethal Bizzle.

The headliners on the NME/Radio 1 stage this evening were Maximo Park.

Their set included songs from their debut ‘A Certain Trigger’, including the likes of ‘Going Missing’ and ‘The Coast Is Always Changing’.

At the end of their set, two giant cannons showering fans with ticker tapes. On each piece of paper was the link to a website address, www.maximopark.com/aaa .

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