The Maccabees closed day two of the Leeds Festival tonight (August 25), performing seven songs from their latest album ‘Given To The Wild’.
The five-piece drew a huge crowd to the NME/Radio 1 Stage as they wrapped up their last festival of the summer.
While the new songs went down well, earlier material from their first two albums such as ‘X-Ray’ and ‘Love You Better’ were greeted like old friends. But it was ‘Pelican’ and ‘Feel To Follow’ that drew the biggest cheers of the night. Scroll down to watch footage of the band performing ‘No Kind Words’ at the Reading leg of the festival.
“It was a great atmosphere, the lighting was sick. The whole set was amazing. [Singer] Orlando Weeks is the best thing ever,” Ella Beaton, 17, from Nottingham declared after the gig.
Alex Henderson, 18, from Pontefract also said the show was a triumph. “They were fucking mint. They’ve really come on with that new album and ‘Pelican’ was the highlight for me because everyone knows that song.”
The Maccabees played:
‘No Kind Words’
‘Wall Of Arms’
‘Can You Give It’
‘Forever I’ve Known’
‘Love You Better’
‘Feel To Follow’
‘Grew Up At Midnight’
Foster The People warmed up for the five-piece on the same stage earlier in the evening performing tracks entirely from their 2011 album ‘Torches’.
During the set, frontman Mark Foster dedicated ‘Don’t Stop’ to Blur guitarist Graham Coxon who played on the same stage earlier in the night. Halfway through the set, a giant white inflatable mummy and Batman appeared on either side of the stage before the band went on to wrap up the show with ‘Pumped Up Kicks’.
Fans were spilling out of the tent for The Courteeners earlier as they debuted two new tracks and frontman Liam Fray showed off his new Morrissey-style quiff.
During the afternoon, The Hives pulled in a huge crowd as they reeled off hits from their back catalogue. Donning black top hats and tails, the five-piece made a theatrical return to the festival for the first time in eight years. Acknowleding their absence, singer Howlin’ Pelle Almqvist told the crowd: “We’ve been away a long time but we thought it was about time we came back.”
The band performed a series of their classic hits including ‘Main Offender’, ‘Hate To Say I Told You So’ and ‘Walk Idiot Walk’. They also performed a number of tracks from their recent album ‘Lex Hives’ including ‘Come On’ and ‘Take Back The Toys’.
Earlier, Spector performed a host of tracks from their recent debut album ‘Enjoy It While It Lasts’ including crowd favourite ‘Chevy Thunder’. Introducing the track, singer Fred MacPherson quipped: “Have you ever been to an Argos and thought about the room underneath filled with all that stuff from the catalogue? It must go on for miles. Well, this song is nothing like that,” before he joked: “I want to see portaloos come down and I want to see canisters of gas on fire for this next song.”
They ended their set with hit single ‘Never Fade Away’, which saw the throng singing the chorus back after the band left the stage.
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