We Are Scientists tell Leeds Festival crowd to strip

Duo play hit-laden set on NME/Radio 1 Stage

We Are Scientists urged the crowd to “strip their upper body” at the Leeds Festival tonight (August 28) on the NME/Radio 1 Stage.

Halfway through the set, before the duo launched into ‘Chick Lit’, singer Keith Murray joked to his sidekick Chris Cain as he took one of his tops off, “What are you doing are you going for a costume change?” before he told the crowd, “OK, anyone who is wearing clothes on their upper body, remove them now.”

Many male fans in the audience were then seen bare-chested on camera as the band kicked off the track.


The comedy duo played a hit-laden set, including ‘The Great Escape’, ‘Nobody Move, Nobody Get Hurt’ and ‘Nice Guys’. Introducing this ‘Scene Is Dead’ Cain also asked the audience: “Was anyone here in 2006? Yes we were too,” before Murray interjected: “Man that is really bad banter.”

“Yes but this went down really well,” Cain retorted. “Three people died and it was a memorable day.”

The band also threw in a host of tracks from their recent album ‘Barbara’, before rounding off their set with ‘The Great Escape’, which saw the whole crowd sing the opening bars to their hit single, and ‘Afterhours’.

“Thank you so much you guys. I hope you are prepared for the Klaxons next,” said Murray, before he was greeted with boos from certain sections of the crowd.

We Are Scientists played:

‘I Don’t Bite’
‘Nobody Move, Nobody Get Hurt’
‘Let’s See It’
‘This Scene Is Dead’
‘Chick Lit’
‘It’s A Hit’
‘Nice Guys’
‘Rules Don’t Stop’
‘The Great Escape’


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