Kings of Leon. Cape Town.
The fan walk was buzzing; the crowds eagerly making their way to the stadium. It was almost time for Kings of Leon and Cape Town was ready. Perusing the streets of Green Point before the concert showed off the diversity of the band’s fans. Dispersed between them were those in Nokia apparel, taking photos which were to be streamed live before the concert began. Making our way inside all that was heard was the screaming and cheering as the support acts took to the stage. The Black Hotels, Shadowclub and Die Heuwels Fantasties. All three very different and unique bands that offered something special to the evening, something magical. A sight to behold, thousands upon thousands of fans streaming in for the long anticipated event.
Making our way to the Nokia and 5Fm suite the atmosphere was electric, from the bar, the people mingling and Jon Savage trying his hand at Djing, all in all it was an experience. Soon the lights turned down and the magic began.
Kings of Leon played a set that showed off their range and growth over the years, from ‘Molly’s Chambers’, ‘Be Somebody’, to their older material with ‘On Call’, ‘Taper Jean Girl’ all intertwined with new and wildly popular songs like ‘Be Somebody’ and ‘Sex on Fire’.
As for their visuals and lights show, it was entrancing and exciting, adding to the depth and vigour of each song. The camera shots were all controlled by an iPad – a lovely little touch. Their performance was flawless in every sense.
Kings of Leon promised a mini festival at the press conference and they delivered. Three different albeit phenomenal local acts and Kings of Leon who blew their long time fans away and gained many more in the process. It was an all out spectacle that ended with a bang. That in the way of fireworks and a four song encore that again proved their showmanship and secured them a place on the top of the live acts I have seen.