It was cold, wet and happened to be Friday the 13th, but that didn’t stop myself, nor the strong willed fans of the Kaiser Chiefs from queuing outside hours before the doors were due to open.
When 6pm rolled around everyone ran into the arena, some scrambling for the best spot in the standing area and others getting ready to take their seats above. Before the first support act even got to the stage you could feel the excitement and energy starting to fill the room.
At 7:15pm the up and coming band, Teleman, started their set. Their unique indie sound soothed the crowd as everyone stopped and listened to the slow paced music. The band have only been together for a year but they have a great collection of songs behind them already and it certainly looks like they have a long career ahead of them. They’ll be touring this October if you fancy checking them out!
Heavy rock band, Pulled Apart by Horses, played the stage at 8pm. They’ve been together for 5 years and it definitely shows, by their intense guitar solos and head banging vocals. Their second album, ‘Tough Love’ was released last year, was labeled ‘Rock ‘n’ Roll in its purest, and most thrillingly executed form’ by Rock Sound Magazine. These guys are for you if you like a good old mosh.
Soon enough the arena was packed and a curtain hung over the stage with ‘Kaiser Chiefs’ projected onto the top. The lights went down and silhouettes of the band appeared behind the curtain, before it dropped for the beginning of ‘Na Na Na Na Naa’.
Lead singer, Ricky Wilson, didn’t waste time and started jumping around the stage, doing some microphone stand tricks and throwing his mic into the air. The band then went straight into ‘Everything is Average Nowadays’ and half way through Ricky jumped from the 6ft high stage to be closer to the crowd.
Once back on stage he gestured the band to carry onto the next song and he continued to run around. When he finally stopped to breathe, he talked about being back in the band’s home-town. At the end of ‘Modern Way’ Ricky disappeared from the stage leaving the crowd wondering where he’d gone. Then a spotlight hit the seated area and he was standing ready to sing the next song, during which a disco ball lowered down from the ceiling and made the arena look spectacular.
The band introduced some new (and may I say amazing) songs to the crowd. However to end the show they played their début single ‘Oh My God’ from their first album ‘Employment.’ The Kaiser Chiefs are one of the best (if not the best) bands I’ve ever had the pleasure of seeing live and it’s going to take something special to beat the night I had.
If you haven’t had the chance to see them yet I highly suggest picking up tickets when they’re next on tour!
Check out more of Alexandra’s photos from the gig here.
Words and photography by Alexandra Watt