Kaiser Chiefs at Brixton Academy ( sorry I mean O2 academy Brixton, old habits are hard to shake!)

I have seen the Kaiser Chiefs on a couple of occasions but only as part of a bigger line up, but each time they have put on a great, energetic show. So the chance to see them at the Brixton Academy, my favourite venue of choice, seemed an opportunity not to miss. Part of the O2 family, the Academy was once an old cinema. It is therefore perfect for standing crowds as the sloping floor ensures a good view whatever your height. The addition of spilt beer over the evening as people carry more than they can manage through the crowd, has the added bonus of sticking you to the floor, so even if you have tired legs, you conveniently remain upright!!! The Kaiser Chiefs did not disappoint. Their front man, Ricky Wilson, covers every inch of the stage with endless energy. To be honest I wouldn’t know who any of the other members are as every time I have seen them, due to his great presence on the stage and his rapport with the audience, you don’t tend to concentrate on the band around him. However they all deserve credit as they play a seamless set and are high quality musicians. What I like about the Kaisers is their indie rock style that produces excellent anthems to sing along with and jump and chant but all the songs are very different and therefore instantly recognisable within the first few bars. This tour mixes those old favourites with new material from their seventh album. If you love an expensive light show, you won’t get one with the Kaisers, as they opted instead for numerous confetti canons! These, however, had the desired effect of adding a festival atmosphere to an already bouncing crowd. All in all a good night out!

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