Nothing could dampen the crowd of thousands who braved the cold and occasional drizzle, to enjoy the Kaiser Chiefs, headlining the first part of Cardiff’s summer celebration of live music called ‘On The Pitch’.
The live venue was the excellent city centre SWALEC Stadium, setting the stage nicely for Sunday when it’s the turn of chart-toppers, Simply Red.
First up were Cardiff band Tibet who having been causing quite a stir recently picking up plaudits for their almost 60s influenced indie-pop
and they didn’t disappoint with a short yet inspiring set and a band definitely to look out for in the future.
Next band Nature offered something a little different with their brand of electro pop whilst Everything Everything, another intriguing indie
band combined rock with a touch of electronica producing a solid set with Jonathan Higgs strong falsetto cutting through the band’s dynamic
sound and Regrets proving a gem of a tune.
Rapper Dizzee Rascal delighted with his sometimes humorous brand of British hip hop and RB and was the perfect performer to precede the
headlining Kaiser Chiefs, putting smiles on the faces of the enthusiastic crowd as they bounced along to tunes like Bonkers and Dance Wiv Me.
There’s been a bit of resurgance for the Kaiser Chiefs of late, no doubt helped by frontman Ricky Wilson’s dabbling in the very popular
Not that they needed this increased attention as their songs still pretty much speak for themselves with their older anthemic tunes still standing the test of time and guaranteed to get any crowd bellowing back their catchy and infectious choruses whilst their newer material showed a more subtle and mellow side to their music, something very much highlighted by their latest release Parachute.
With a great line-up it was fitting that the Kaiser Chiefs bring the evening to climax featuring a rousing version of Pinball Wizard and a finale of Oh My God.
They’ve set the bar very high for Simply Red who have to follow on Sunday.