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Kings of Leon: Bowl-bound this weekend

Kings of Leon: Bowl-bound this weekend

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Kings of Leon launch a summer of events at The National Bowl on Sunday, when they rock up at the venue with a healthy supply of stadium filling anthems.

The four Followgills – singer and guitarist Caleb, drummer Nathan, bassist Jared and guitarist Matthew have already let loose their musical spin in Newcastle, with a gig at St James’s Park at the end of May, and will follow Milton Keynes with a July date at Swansea’s Liberty Stadium.

These shows see the band, dare we say back on fire, following the release of their sixth album Mechanical Bull, which hit the top of the charts upon its release.

The album proved the Tennessee titans were back at full strength following a self-imposed hiatus in early 2012.

Except that Caleb never really stopped work: “Once I found out my wife was pregnant I would cook all day and hang out with her,” he recalls, “...and then I would put her to bed at night and go to my office.

“I have a little amp in there, and I’d sit there learning new chords and trying to push myself.

“I would know I was onto something good if the door would open and it was Lily going ‘What is THAT? Record that!’

“She got me a little recorder and I started to find this zone where you could paint a picture without it having to be about yourself.”

They certainly came back revitalized after their time away.

“I think taking a little break reminded us not just that we’re blessed to get to do what we do for a living at all,” Nathan says, “but it also reminded us of the type of music we can make when we’re all in the right headspace...”

And on Sunday night as dusk falls, the lights will turn on, and KoL will play that music for you.

Twin Atlantic have already stepped out as part of the Kings of Leon UK package – last month the Scots successes supported KOL at that aforementioned Newcastle gig.

Still that doesn’t mean that walking out before an audience of thousands at the National Bowl will be any easier.

Guitarist Barry McKenna told me that the nerves will bite.

“We all get nervous in our different ways. I believe nerves are healthy though, because it shows we really care about what we are doing and how well the show will go.

“Trying to grab the attention of that many people through music is incredibly daunting, especially as a support band, but we are more than up for it, and hopefully will pick up some new fans along that way.”

Making pals through their music is something the Glaswegian powerhouse have managed to do remarkably well of late, though.

The rockers have been wowing with their current single Heart and Soul, which is a regular spinner on the airwaves and the music channels.

With a hard gigging schedule, the band spends a fair amount of time stuck on motorways aboard the tour bus.  

No band likes to be cooped up for long, and Twin Atlantic are no different.

“Life on the bus can be a bit monotonous,” Barry admits, “A good book or film is a great distraction.  

“Also a lot on new album Great Divide was written on the back of our tour bus too...”

Sunday’s show is what the band are readying themselves for as you read this, and despite being from Scotland, Twin Atlantic are at least a wee bit familiar with the place we call home.

“Aye, we have heard of Milton Keynes before, but mostly because of all the bands that have already played there.

“It always seems to have some pretty huge and epic gigs.

“As for the town, I am sure we’ll have a gander and check it out before we play.  

“It’s always nice to visit a new place and check out some new sights.

“Concrete cows, you say?  We’ll keep our eyes peeled...”

And the gig itself...

“It’s going to be a bit crazy playing to so many people,” Barry admits, “...especially sharing the stage with a band we are genuinely fans of.

“We seriously can’t wait...”

Twin Atlantic release their new album Great Divide, in August.

Also playing for you this weekend, San Fernando Valley sisters, and the band on everyone’s lips in recent months – Haim.

Since bagging the BBC Sound of 2013 award, the girls have soared, and the album Days Are Gone was released here to huge acclaim.

Next stop for the band after the National Bowl bash is the T in the Park festival, but then big stages are hardly a new proposition for the girls who have toured with Mumford & Sons and Florence and the Machine.

Tickets for Kings of Leon are still available through www.livenation.co.uk

Gates will open at 2pm, and the headliners will take to the stage at approximately 8pm.

The venue curfew is 10.30pm.

Under 14s must be accompanied by an adult and under 5s are not permitted.