Words Claire B, Photo Luke Dyson
Kaiser Chiefs played at Ibiza Rocks on Wednesday August 3 for their 5th time. They always put on a good show and this year was no exception.
Support was from The Bulletproof Bomb who returned to the venue also this year and did a grand job of warming up the crowd as they arrived to take up their positions around the stage.
Everyone was full of anticipation at showtime – slightly earlier than usual at 10.15 – as Edwin Starrr’s ‘War’ rang out loud and proud through the PA system, signalling their entrance.
Launching into ‘We Stay Together’ from their 6th album ‘Stay Together’, due to be released at the beginning of October, singer Ricky Wilson quickly got to work commandeering the stage, jumping onto everything in site and lurching into the crowd.
Next was ‘Everyday I Love You Less and Less’ and from then on they played all their anthemic favourites, with a couple of new tunes mixed in, including the latest single ‘Parachute’.
The stage visuals – a giant ‘K’ on the left of the stage and ‘C’ on the right – with changing graphics in between as a backdrop added to the drama as did the lighting and occasional bursts from the confetti cannons.
But as usual, Ricky was the star of the show and he has become one of the best frontmen in the business. And the crowd lapped it all up – the atmosphere in the venue was electric. He had the left side of the crowd chant ‘Kaiser’ and the right side ‘Chiefs’ in an audience chant-off. By the time they played ‘Ruby’, pretty much everyone was singing along at the tops of their voices in the chorus and jumping up and down in synch. ‘The Angry Mob’ ended with a row of firework fountains shooting upwards from the front of the stage and without a pause they launched into ‘I Predict a Riot’. Part way through Ricky ran off the stage to the lower VIP area at the right of the stage where he carried on singing much to the delight of those nearby, before climbing down into the crowd and being carried through them on the shoulders of a security guard back to the stage. Magic moments!
Back on stage we were treated to a cover of The Who’s ‘Pinball Wizard’, which went down a storm. Could it get any better? Well, yes, actually! At the end of the final song Ricky picked up a handheld streamer gun and fired huge streamers over the crowd – a great ending.
It was my 4th time of seeing the band and I honestly think that they just keep getting better and better. Whether Ricky being a coach on ‘The Voice’ has led him to consider their overall performance more or because they’re playing a lot of large festivals now and they’ve had to up their game as result has had an impact on their stage show, is unclear, but they’re definitely one of the best bands to see live at the moment.
They have a large catalogue of great songs that sound fantastic live and everyone can sing along with; the band are tight and hold their own on the stage whilst Ricky jumps around on the amps, on the drums, launches himself into the audience and generally uses the venue as a playground. They certainly rocked Ibiza and that will be one of the gigs of the year, but with Dizzee Rascal, Faithless and Wolf Alice still to come, it’s not over yet!
Video of some The Angry Mob and I Predict a Riot: