Photos + Review by Wayne Fox

Before tonight’s gig to promote their new album ‘Interview Music’, if anyone had asked me how long headline act Idlewild had been performing, I would have never have said that they started in 1995. 24-years has rocketed by for me, but for them they appear to be very fresh indeed. In fact, if we take a moment to reflect on their careers: starting about the same time as Coldplay, the whole music scene itself feels as though it has slowly but surely moved away from Coldplay’s more relaxed style, to where Idlewild have been “at” for all their career.

Idlewild

Consider if you will modern-day thought provoking “shouty” bands (as people unfairly call them) such as IDLES and Shame, and the reforming of greats like Art Brut to name but three. It feels that Idlewild have always been trail-blazers in this industry, but we’ve been too blinded by the “shiny” things in rock and pop to actually see where the real hard-working talent has lay all along.

Idlewild

Idlewild

To say that I was impressed by Idlewild’s performance would be a significant understatement. They effortlessly weaved a tapestry of their music and lyrics making me for one wishing that it would never end. So many beautiful and heart-rending memories of theirs and ours in that time, but in no-way was it a lazy stroll down memory lane, it was a triumphant celebration. I lost count of how many people I saw shedding actual tears of joy and raw emotion at the gig (me included if I am honest), it was a really wonderful place to be.

Idlewild

Idlewild

Extraordinary doesn’t come close. I’ve been fortunate to see so many great gigs in my career, but honestly I would put this in my top 5 of all time. I just wish I’d been at their first ever gig outside of Scotland way back all those years ago in 1998, and where was that I hear you say? The Flapper and Firkin in Birmingham Roddy Woomble proudly reminded us.

Idlewild

Idlewild

So welcome “home” and “au revior” Idlewild, we’d like you to come back and see us again soon please, as during these hard-times this country needs to be reminded more regularly about the talented artists it’s got staring us in our faces, we really do.

Set-list tonight were for Idlewild:

  1. Dream Variations
  2. Roseabilty
  3. World
  4. Interview Music
  5. Discourage
  6. There’s A Place
  7. Collect Yourself
  8. Hiding Place
  9. Make Another World
  10. Love Steals
  11. Same Things
  12. I Almost Didn’t Notice
  13. American
  14. Ghost
  15. Argue
  16. El Capitan

Encore

  1. Fragile
  2. Film
  3. Modern
  4. Remote

Support tonight was given by the excellent Liela Moss whose great voice and equally great performance was a breath of fresh air before the main event. Upsettingly I have never photographed Liela as a solo-artist nor with one of her previous bands such as Roman RemainsThe Duke Spirit or as a collaboration with trip-hop dons U.N.K.L.E.. Her stage-craft has obviously been honed to a fine-degree and one hopes that she reaps the rewards of all that hard-work, a definite recommend from me. Go and see her soon!

Liela Moss

Liela Moss

Set-list tonight were for Liela Moss:

  1. Subequal
  2. Above You Around You
  3. Wild As Fire
  4. Moon
  5. Salutation
  6. Manipura
  7. The Dog Is Black

Liela Moss

Liela Moss

Liela Moss

See the full photoset from tonight’s gig here.

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