The line-up for Kings Of Leon’s upcoming show at Milton Keynes Bowl was completed today (27th May) by the addition of Twin Atlantic who’ll be joining The Last Internationale, the al conquering LA sisters Haim and of course Kings Of Leon on the bill.
The new additions will bring riffs, noise and riotous rock‘n’roll. Glaswegian rockers Twin Atlantic are also joining Kings Of Leon at shows at Swansea’s Liberty Stadium and Newcastle’s St. James’s Park this summer. The Last Internationale, a noisy rock trio from New York, are playing other dates with the band too. Fans of Kings Of Leon’s bruising riffs and widescreen sonics will enjoy Twin Atlantic’s spiky and aggressive songs. Fresh from a tour with Jared Leto’s Thirty Seconds To Mars and a hugely popular appearance in their home town for BBC Radio 1's recent 'Big Weekend', the band are preparing for the release of their third album ‘Great Divide’ on August 18th.
The Last Internationale release their debut album ‘We Will Reign’ the same week. The New York band, fronted by Delila Paz and featuring Rage Against The Machine and Audioslave drummer Brad Wilk, wowed critics at SXSW festival in Texas earlier this year. Their album, full of frenzied rock and executive produced by RATM’s Tom Morello, was recorded at the legendary Henson Studios in Los Angeles.
Haim’s effervescent sound is tinged with rock, pop and R&B and their set will provide a thrilling appetizer for Kings Of Leon. Even before the release of their critically adored debut album ‘Days Are Gone’ last September, the UK had fallen for the LA sisters. From the small London venues they first played at, to the much larger Brixton Academy, every Haim show is packed with avid fans. Their pounding drums and harmonies will make for a powerful noise at Milton Keynes Bowl.
Kings Of Leon are well used to large outdoor gigs by now. But Milton Keynes Bowl represents a new challenge for the band, made up of brothers Caleb, Jared and Nathan Followill and their cousin Matthew. This summer, they will join a list of bands that have played the amphitheatre-like venue that includes Bon Jovi and Green Day. The Followills released their sixth album ‘Mechanical Bull’ last year. Featuring a sucker-punch of a lead single in ‘Supersoaker’, it was hailed as a return to the powerful southern rock sound of their early albums. The Kings’ set at Milton Keynes Bowl will draw from their back catalogue. Expect wild cheers for the extravagant solos found on their ‘Aha Shake Heartbreak’ album, while tried and tested festival megahits like ‘Sex On Fire’ will explode like grenades in the crowd. By then, the support acts will have whipped everyone inside the Bowl into an excited frenzy.
Words by Ben Homewood
Image courtesy of Twin Atlantic.