Kaiser Chiefs at Glastonbury Festival 2014 review

"The sound of a band reconnecting with their fans"

Photographer: Sara BowreyChris Eustace on 27 June 2020

Can a secret set really be that secret when the band confirms via Twitter the day before? The huge bleary-eyed breakfast crowd that greets Kaiser Chiefs on the Other Stage don’t really seem to mind. The band’s renewed fire is evident – they stride on, go straight into 'I Predict A Riot', and Ricky Wilson is straight down to the crowd barriers.

It’s a greatest hits set this morning, and with the band back in the public consciousness thanks to Wilson’s stint as a judge on The Voice, it’s well-judged, with memories being jogged to 'Never Miss A Beat' and 'Every Day I Love You Less And Less', as Ricky finally gets to play to the cameras without will.i.am trying to muscle in.

“We’re here to kick off your weekend,” he beams, conducting the hand-swaying during 'Coming Home', “I’ve a feeling this is going to be a Glastonbury to remember!” 'Ruby' hasn’t seen this many people bouncing to it for a while, that’s for certain, while 'The Angry Mob' casts Wilson as the leader of an army of the just-woken-up.

'Oh My God' has Wilson sprinting around the stage, demanding louder and louder cheers as the song speeds up to a breakneck finale. They’re doing it all again later on, headlining in the slightly less sprawling confines of the John Peel Stage, but this is quite a heartwarming “official” opening to Glastonbury 2014 – we might not have got Coldplay, The Libertines or Prince, as the whispers suggested, but what we did get was the sight and sound of a band happily reconnecting with their fans.

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