Arctic Monkeys’ Alex Turner and Miles Kane get orchestral at Leeds Festival

The Last Shadow Puppets bring the strings to NME/Radio 1 Stage

The Last Shadow Puppets played the Leeds Festival backed by a full orchestra tonight (August 22).

Suited and booted, Alex Turner and Miles Kane‘s outfit seemed slightly incongruous in front of the mud-stained NME/ Radio 1 Stage but the crowd, which spilled out of the tent, enthusiastically embracing the classy combo.

Opening with ‘Calm Like You’, the pair immediately kicked off a mass sing-a-long as they played tracks from their album, and several B-sides.


“You had a nice day so far?” Asked Turner to loud cheers as they kicked into LP title track ‘The Age Of The Understatement’ as the fans frantically clapped along with drummer, Simian Mobile Disco‘s James Ford.

Dropping B-side ‘Gas Dance’ as the first non-album track midway through, the band also included ‘Hang The Cyst’, which had the crowd again clapping along with its galloping rhythm, before returning to ‘The Age Of The Understatement’ tracks.

During ‘Separate And Ever Deadly’ the song got such an ovation mid-song from the crowd that the band stopped and then Kane said: “That’s it, we’re Kaiser Chiefs!”

With a chorus of boos following, Turner jokingly asked the crowd: “Are you booing because you don’t like Kaiser Chiefs or because he said Kaiser Chiefs in a mick take way? Make your minds up.” The pair then finished the song to an even bigger round of applause.

Following a sublime version of ‘The Meeting Place’, which showcased the orchestra’s full range, The Last Shadow Puppets concluded the set with ‘Standing Next To Me’ and ‘In My Room’.

“Let’s have a round of applause for the orchestra,” declared Turner, “And the brass!” added Kane.


“It’s been an honour to play,” concluded Kane. “This is only our third gig, so we thank you very much.”

The Last Shadow Puppets played:

‘Calm Like You’

‘The Age Of The Understatement’

‘Black Plant’

‘Only The Truth’

‘The Chamber’

‘Gas Dance’

‘My Mistake Were Made For You’

‘Hang The Cyst’

‘Separate And Ever Deadly’

‘I Don’t Like You Anymore’

‘The Meeting Place’

‘Standing Next To Me’

‘In My Room’

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