A Riotous night at the O2 with Kaiser Chiefs – REVIEW | Music | Entertainment


Their first tour for 2 years sees them ably supported by up and coming Sheffield band The Sherlocks and indie stalwarts The Fratellis, the latter perfectly setting the scene with their rabble rousing classics Henrietta and Chelsea Dagger perfectly priming the crowd. 

Making a dramatic entrance with vibrant stage imagery, the Kaiser Chiefs come alive with frontman Ricky Wilson performing the first song Born To Be A Dancer on the top of the set, gyrating against a giant moon backdrop.

After a quick shimmy down a ladder Ricky appeared on stage, jumping on a speaker and delivering the first verse of Never Miss A Beat from the precarious position.

Ricky has clearly lost none of his energy, at one point snapping his mic stand, prompting the cheeky declaration “Now I’m Robbie (Williams), now I’m Freddie (Mercury)”. 

At one point he runs the length of the arena like a man possessed, and appears on a stage in middle of the O2 floor to perform their new song How 2 Dance, sending the audience into hysteria. 

They take a quick rest for Love’s Not A Competition (But I’m Winning), which was performed seated on a park bench on the stage. The hits followed thick and fast, with the set graphics emphasising the song themes, often with a retro playground feel, with Ricky’s ‘No Ball Games’ T-shirt, and graffiti declaring ‘OMG’, ‘Ruby was Here’- referencing their biggest hits.

Ruby was certainly a set highlight, with vibrant casino machine visuals, and I Predict A Riot featuring football footage projected onto the set, creating a mosh pit. 

Their encore finished with the anthemic Oh My God which featured a surreal dancing alien theme.

At the end of the song Ricky announced “That is it.. unless you don’t want it to be it, in which case you can carry on”, letting the crowd chant the familiar refrain “Oh my God I can’t believe it, I’ve never been this far away from home”.

Tonight Kaiser chiefs emphatically made the O2 their home.



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