Concert Review

No riot as predicted but Kaiser Chiefs did raise the roof in Glasgow

Kaiser Chiefs put on a fantastic show at Glasgow’s OVO Hydro

Kaiser Chiefs – Glasgow OVO Hydro – 11th November

Kaiser Chiefs – Photo Credit John Brown

The Kaiser Chiefs lads must be fed up with riot puns (and the odd headline) but its a damned good song so it’s their own fault! Tonight promises to be a great night with The Fratellis pumping up the crowd prior to the arrival the Chiefs.

The OVO Hydro always makes for a grand sight as the punters walk towards the SECC campus and tonight it is resplendent in its usual brightly coloured lights. The campus is busy as one of the other venues is also hosting a show and it’s Friday in Glasgow so this should be good!

The Sherlocks were the first supporting act on stage for the Kaiser Chiefs and also with The Fratellis

The Fratellis were, as it turns out, a fantastic main guest act to open for Kaiser Chiefs. They strode confidently onto the stage to huge aplomb; complete with a small brass section and three energetic backing singers.


Their set was accomplished and full of fun, big hits, and stonking brass moments. The backing singers brought energy and playfulness to proceedings and the whole Fratellis package was a huge hit with the fans in the massive arena. A successful hometown gig is always a great thing.

At a slightly later time than advertised Kaiser Chiefs were ready to make their entrance; the huge stage set awoke into a backdrop of an LED-illuminated street scene and huge screens. As the stage was revealed to its full extent there were a number of huge screens and a steel walkway suspended high up at the rear of the stage. Predictably Ricky Wilson appeared on the walkway as the lights came alive… an image of the moon loomed over him on a giant screen.

Ricky Wilson – Photo Credit : John Brown

The song choices were spot on throughout the set with just the right amount of hits and album tracks. There was no ebb and flow as the quality remained high throughout the night; a complete tour de force of masterful indie music played to an adoring audience. Ricky Wilson put a challenge out to the crowd early on by telling them that Glasgow is universally recognised as THE place to play… the retort was a huge roar and the Glasgow mentality towards a challenge as the crowd hung on every word, sang, danced and roared themselves hoarse!

A set of such quality makes it difficult to pick out the standout tracks but “Ruby” “Every Day I Love You Less and Less” and “Factory Gates” were certainly met by a wall of noise by the fans and many people sitting on the shoulders of a friend or loved one whilst punching the air to salute their all-conquering Chiefs.

A fantastic show that will live long in the memory of all present at the OVO Hydro.



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