• Eve Watson

REVIEW: Kaiser Chiefs in Nottingham

I predict a killer performance; Kaiser Chiefs at Nottingham’s Motorpoint Arena were an injection of energy on a Friday night.

Before we talk about the Kaiser Chief’s stunning performance, I can’t go on without mentioning their support act Razorlight.

Lead singer Jonny Borrell will always have a mesmerising and commanding presence on stage.

Even after a decade-long hiatus their music is still extremely relevant. As a seasoned and well-loved band of course they did not disappoint, and the audience were singing along to classics, including ‘America’ and ‘In The Morning.’ It’s clear they still love what they do and their talent is everlasting.

After a brief break, it was time for the main event. In a very Beatles-esque style the six-piece appeared on a makeshift roof on top of a building with ‘Kaiser Chiefs’ in neon colours beside it. The set was one of the best I’ve seen in a while, and really added to the show as a whole.

My eye was immediately drawn to frontman Ricky Wilson in a bright white full suit, who belted out ‘People Know,’ to kick off the night.

The production value couldn’t be faulted if you tried. Huge screens with different graphic designs lit up the stage with blasts of colour and abstract art. This may have been a tactic to divert the audience’s gaze as the next thing I knew, Ricky was in the middle of the crowd on a high platform underneath a fake lamppost. I still have absolutely no idea how he transported there.

He waved to his band members still on the main stage and went into another tune ‘Target Market’. After this, he picked an audience member to get onto the platform with him, where she used a hook-a-duck rod to pick the next song the band would perform, presumably a nod to Kaiser Chiefs’ newest album ‘Duck’. This was such an engaging and fun way of including the audience and I admire their willingness to just go with the flow.

The night was filled with songs that took you back in time with ‘Ruby’ and ‘I Predict a Riot’, songs I never thought I’d be able to hear live. Ricky’s vocals are still incredible and the band is still as fresh as they were 10 years ago.