Young Knives continue the fun at Kaiser Chiefs’ Leeds United gig

Band bring their tweed and their tunes to Elland Road

Young Knives continued the warm-up for Kaiser Chiefs homecoming show at Leeds United‘s Elland Road stadium this afternoon (May 24).

The Oxford-based eccentrics wowed the crowds at 5.10pm (BST) and played a solid half-hour of hits.

After opening with signature tune ‘Weekends And Bleak Days’, frontman Henry Dartnall joked:”Who’s looking forward to the Custard Chefs? I know I am!”


He continued: “Two years ago they said we were the new Kaiser Chiefs, but we’re not. The Kaiser Chiefs are still the new Kaiser Chiefs, because they’re still just as good. I’ve got my tongue right up their arses!”

Introducing bassist The House Of Lords, who sang lead vocals on ‘The Decision’, Dartnall observed: “He’s a sexy man. He’s so sexy that it hurts every time I look to my left.”

After the performance, Dartnall told NME.COM: “It’s a load of people who are watching us, waiting for another band to come on. So you have to try really hard to be as genuinely impressive as possible so people might like you. But we enjoyed it.”

The House Of Lords echoed the sentiment, saying: “I felt like Bruce Springsteen. It’s slightly different because we’re not expecting people to like us, whereas if it’s your gig you know people are there for you. Luckily it was Kaiser Chiefs and not Metallica, that would be a tougher crowd. We won them over.”

Young Knives played:

‘Weekends and Bleak Days’



‘Terra Firma’


‘The Decision’

‘Turn Tail’

‘Up All Night’

‘She’s Attracted To’

Kate Nash then The Enemy are up next, ahead of Kaiser Chiefs‘ performance at around 9pm.

To get the latest news from the stadium, stay tuned to NME.COM all day.

Meanwhile if you’re going to the gig, send your reviews, stories, pictures and videos to with Kaiser in the subject line and we will publish the best.