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IDLES – 02 BRIXTON ACADEMY – LIVE REVIEW

The IDLES phenomenon continues at full pace, and the band commence their latest sold out run of UK dates with not one but four nights at the legendary Brixton Academy. We headed along to nights one and three to witness the brutal majesty of a band hitting their stride.

Each night of their London residency has seen different hand-picked support acts as IDLES curate what isn’t so much a tour but a travelling celebration of community spirit soundtracked by incredible musicians.

Over our two nights we witness wych elm, Wet Leg, Big Joanie and Sinead O Brien all deliver delightful sets to an appreciative and attentive audience. The supports each night help to build the excitement and anticipation for the 90 minutes of musical catharsis to follow.

These shows were originally in support of 2020’s ‘Ultra Mono’, however the prolonged pandemic delays to these shows have unexpectedly resulted in them now supporting a newer fourth album from the band. Yes, ‘CRAWLER’ arrived last year to much adulation and now gets to spread its wings live.

Read our review of ‘CRAWLER’

After all, IDLES songs do tend to breathe new air live and morph into different beasts when being delivered with the level of ferocity that IDLES somehow manage to conjure onstage. Over the two nights we attend, the likes of ‘Car Crash’, ‘The Beachland Ballroom’, ‘The Wheel’ and ‘When the Lights Come On’ all shine bright.

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IDLES – ‘Car Crash’

There are also tracks from ‘Ultra Mono’ which has seen some unfair criticism. ‘Mr. Motivator’, ‘Grounds’, and ‘Reigns’ again all sound massive and fit well with the setlists.

The band change up the setlists each night but fan favourite staples such as ‘Mother’, ‘Divide and Conquer’, ‘Never Fight A Man With A Perm’ and ‘Danny Nedelko’ feature both nights.

IDLES are a next level live band, and with two more albums in their arsenal since their sell out Alexandra Palace date back in 2019, their back catalogue is also now reaching enviable proportions. These factors combined with the passion and energy of their dedicated fanbase ensure that IDLES remain one of the most vital and enjoyable bands gracing stages right now.

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The Year In Review 2021

The Year In Review 2021

Full Pelt Music looks back on 2021 for our Year In Review

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2020 was a year that we all wish we could forget. Could 2021 be any better? Well, it started off just as the previous year ended; with the live music industry on its knees. Lockdown restrictions still ruled out any live in person shows, with even socially distanced shows initially outlawed.

Come late spring, things began to look up and a number of “test” events were planned. We were lucky enough to attend the Pilot Download Festival and the euphoria of being amongst fellow music fans in a field can’t truly be put into words. Things were looking up!

Live music would eventually make a full return but sadly as we write this The Year In Review 2021 feature, the sector is once again holding its breath waiting for the Government to take action. Alas, true normality may still be a long way off, but for a few months this year we got to feel alive again.

That alone elevates 2021 above 2020, but there is plenty more to unpack. We recently undertook our now annual countdown of our top albums of the year over on our social media. 2021 was a truly exceptional year in terms of album quality. Those musicians kept in lockdown last year certainly found their creativity and compiling a list of the top 50 albums of the year was highly competitive.

Read our Album of the Year 2021 feature

In our The Year In Review 2021 article, we will be revealing our end of year award winners. As with last year we will announce our Album of the Year, Single of the Year, Artist of the Year, Gig of the Year and Festival of the Year.

This year however we have an additional award to hand out. 2021 was a big year for Full Pelt Music, our first full year in existence. We’ve grown and we’ve enhanced our focus on new music. We launched initially our ‘Discover’ New Music Playlist on Spotify through which we highlight the best up and coming artists.

We also launched not one but two Podcasts this year, including the accompanying ‘Discover’ New Music Podcast where we truly shine the spotlight on your new favourite acts. As such, this year we will also be awarding the ‘Discover’ New Artist of the Year award!

Before we get to those awards though, let’s run you through a few of our highlights this year. First of all, as mentioned we also launched The Full Pelt Music Podcast this year. Fittingly our inaugural guest was Frank Turner, the winner of both our Gig of the Year and Artist of the Year awards in our 2020 Year In Review.

Across the Podcasts this year we’ve had the pleasure to talk with Press To Meco, Beans On Toast, Miss Vincent, Planet Fatale, Mercutio, Light By The Sea, Freddie and the Fabs, The Damned Few, Project Renegade, Icarus and Smoke! Be sure to check out these conversations, and also to Subscribe on Youtube or wherever you listen to your Podcasts. After all, we will have plenty more for you to enjoy in 2022.

The Music Industry has seized on the opportunity to entertain this year both live and on record. We’ve reviewed 66 albums, 2 festivals and 27 gigs in 2021 as fans have been treated to incredible releases and some truly stunning live shows. Again, perhaps the enforced break has allowed creativity to breed innovation.

So with that in mind, let’s work through those award catagories!

Album of the Year

As we’ve already referenced, the pure quality of releases this year made compiling our Top 50 Album of the Year List very tricky. It was hard work but we did it, and you can read the full list here.

The quality is demonstrated best by last year’s winners IDLES only reaching a still respectable number 7. The winner however had to be ‘Blue Weekend’ from the incredible Wolf Alice who continue to go from strength to strength. After three stunning albums, there is no ceiling for this band and we can’t wait to catch songs from the album live in 2022.

Winner:

‘Blue Weekend’ by Wolf Alice

The Contenders:

‘Written & Directed’ by Black Honey, ‘Typhoons’ by Royal Blood, ‘Seize the Power’ by Yonaka and ‘Transmute’ by Press To MECO

Previous Winners:

2020 – ‘Ultra Mono’ by IDLES

Single of the Year

We move on now to our award for the Single or Song of the Year. This year has again seen us locked down for considerable amounts of time and many will have sought solace in Playlists such as our Spotify Hot List.

In selecting our track of the year we considered which songs we’ve come back to time and time again, which songs remain as fresh now as they did on first listen and what songs simply just resonate on a different level.

Our winner is an incredible track from the fantastic album ‘Transmute’ from Press To MECO. ‘A Test Of Our Resolve’ ticks all of the criteria and also sounds absolutely massive live.

Press To MECO – ‘A Test Of Our Resolve’
Winner:

‘A Test Of Our Resolve’ by Press To MECO

The Contenders:

‘My Town’ by Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes, ‘Afterlife’ by Holding Absence, ‘Midnight’ by Creeper and ‘Haven’t Been Doing So Well’ by Frank Turner

Previous Winners:

2020 – ‘Obey’ by Bring Me The Horizon feat. Yungblud

Artist of the Year

Artist of the Year now and for this award we look for somebody who has had a huge, perhaps even career-defining year. Last year we gave the award to Frank Turner for his incredible work for the #SaveOurVenues campaign through his Independent Venue Love series.

This year our winners are a band that also dabbled with livestreams during that first lockdown. This year however has been a hugely important year for Biffy Clyro. A new album, ‘A Myth of the Happily Ever After’ came hot on the heels of last year’s ‘A Celebration of Endings’. It’s another quality album from a band that continue to deliver consistently great music.

The band also had a huge impact on the live music scene this year. Firstly, the band rode to the rescue by stepping in as late replacements for Queens of the Stone Age to once again headline Reading and Leeds Festivals.

Secondly, the band played huge outdoor shows in Cardiff, Glasgow and Margate to help signal the return of live music after around 16 months of lockdown. Highlights of both their Reading and Glasgow performances aired on the BBC.

Lastly, the band played a completely sold out and very intimate ‘Fingers Crossed’ Tour across the UK. Their shows this year giving fans an opportunity to witness songs from not one but two albums live for the first time.

Biffy Clyro – ‘A Hunger In Your Haunt / Unknown Male 01’
Winner:

Biffy Clyro

The Contenders:

Enter Shikari, Bring Me The Horizon, Creeper and Wolf Alice

Previous Winners:

2020 – Frank Turner

Festival of the Year

Festivals made a belated return from lockdown restrictions in late summer, although the majority of the usual seasons events were still cancelled. For our Festival of the Year however we can’t look anywhere other than the special event that laid the groundwork for all events to return, the Download Pilot Festival!

Back in June the Government test event was the first opportunity for music fans to camp in a field and rock out for three days. The camaraderie and atmosphere this situation created, combined with the uniquely intimate Download layout and line-up made for a once in a lifetime experience.

British bands took centre stage and delivered an incredible weekend of music; with bands and fans both desperate to experience live music again. Thanks to all involved we can hopefully experience a full fat Download Festival again this summer.

Read our review of the Download Pilot Festival!

Winner:

Download Pilot Festival

The Contenders:

Reading Festival and Lost Evenings

Previous Winners:

2020 – Wild Fields Festival

Gig of the Year

Last year’s winner of Gig of the Year was a socially distancing outdoor affair, this year however true live music returned! Picking a winner this year is difficult because the pent up frustration of lockdown on both musicians and fans vented fully across some amazing gigs.

We reviewed 27 of those shows this year and there were some very special moments amongst them. The winner however must go to Bring Me The Horizon who stormed the O2 Arena with You Me At Six and Nova Twins in tow.

The night was a massive middle finger to any remaining doubters and the band solidified themselves not just as arena fillers but as festival headline ready. Fitting therefore that they have recently been revealed as headliners for Reading & Leeds Festivals next year.

Read our review of Bring Me The Horizon live in London

Winner:

Bring Me The Horizon @ O2 Arena

The Contenders:

Creeper @ O2 Kentish Town Forum, Idlewild @ Electric Brixton, The Offspring @ Wembley Arena, Biffy Clyro @ O2 Kentish Town Forum, Vukovi @ Norwich Waterfront Studio and Royal Blood @ Norwich UEA

Previous Winners:

2020 – Frank Turner @ Nottingham Arboretum

‘Discover’ New Artist of the Year

Our final award is a new award for this year where we shift focus on to the future. Having launched our ‘Discover’ New Music Playlist and Podcast this year we wanted to honour an act that we have featured and for whom the future is bright.

With their debut album ‘A Funeral For Youth’ cracking our top 20 for the year, Miss Vincent take the inaugural ‘Discover’ New Artist of the Year award!

Miss Vincent – ‘Rosaline’
Winner:

Miss Vincent

The Contenders:

Planet Fatale, Dead Nature and Thumper

So, it hasn’t been a usual year again, in fact at times it has been just as hard as 2020. 2021 has however reminded us of what we were missing. Stunning new music, incredible live shows and a return to some normality (nobody say ‘new’ normal!), make 2021 a year that will live long in the memory for many reasons.

We hope you’ve enjoyed our The Year in Review 2021 feature and we wish you a very Happy New Year. Here’s hoping 2022 is a good one!

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Album of the Year 2021

Album of the Year 2021

We countdown our Top 50 Albums of 2021

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2021 has been another tough year to live through. There have been some signs of normal life, for example the return of live music, but we end it as we started with true normality a distant memory.

This year has however been a stunning year for new music releases. Yes, lockdown musicians and the odds are their creativity will take over. In Full Pelt Music’s first full year of existence we have reviewed 65 albums and the quality of those releases has been exceptional.

Last year we counted down our Top 20 albums of the year, with a special Advent Calendar countdown on our Twitter. This year we have expanded! Our 2021 countdown has taken place across all our social platforms, and has listed our Top 50 albums of the year!

With that social media countdown completed, it’s now time to compile our completed Top 50 in one place. So let’s get started!

Album of the Year 2021
What we said:

“there are stunning moments spread throughout the album”

Read our review of ‘Lo! Soul’

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Roddy Woomble – ‘Architecture in LA’
Album of the Year 2021
What we said:

“there are plenty of songs on this album that rate amongst the best that the band has produced”

Read our review of ‘Waiting For Good Luck’

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The Treatment – ‘Rat Race’
Album of the Year 2021
What we said:

“Garbage are an incredible musical force”

Read our review of ‘No Gods No Masters’

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Garbage – ‘No Gods No Masters’
Album of the Year 2021
What we said:

“we have thrashing guitars, thumping drums, bizarre lyrics and plenty of bells and whistles to emphasise his brilliantly quirky musicianship”

Read our review of ‘The Lunar Injection Kool Aid Eclipse Conspiracy’

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Rob Zombie – ‘The Triumph of King Freak (A Crypt of Preservation and Superstition)’
Album of the Year 2021
What we said:

“was anybody craving a new album from The Offspring in 2021? Perhaps not, but actually in this messed up world we live in, maybe, just maybe, we needed it!”

Read our review of ‘Let The Bad Times Roll’

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The Offspring – ‘Let The Bad Times Roll’
Album of the Year 2021
What we said:

“this is an artist pouring all of their self into their creation and discovering magic”

Read our review of ‘Watch Me Break Apart’

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Dead Nature – ‘Watch Me Break Apart’
Album of the Year 2021
What we said:

“this record manages to encapsulate the sound that the band has nurtured over the past few years both on record and in the live setting”

Read our review of ‘How to Ruin Your Life’

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Paris Youth Foundation – ‘The Back Seat’
Album of the Year 2021
What we said:

“remind you how gloriously heavy yet anthemic the band can get”

Read our review of ‘The Bitter Truth’

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Evanescence – ‘Use My Voice’
Album of the Year 2021
What we said:

“it won’t take long for people to stop and take notice of this great young band”

Read our review of ‘Fractured Party Music’

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Pet Needs – ‘Toothpaste’
What we said:

“this is Volbeat at their very best”

Read our review of ‘Servant of the Mind’

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Volbeat – ‘Shotgun Blues’
Album of the Year 2021
What we said:

“vitality shouldn’t be mistaken for relevance and whilst the band may have peaked commercially, they remain of utmost importance to a generation of music fans”

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Rise Against – ‘Nowhere Generation’
Album of the Year 2021
What we said:

“anybody that had any doubts about the natural talents of this group of musicians, they should now acknowledge a new force”

Read our review ‘The Battle at Garden’s Gate’

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Album of the Year 2021
What we said:

“over the top, outlandish, brash and most of all fun, the album not only lives up to but surpasses all expectations”

Read our review of ‘Van Weezer’

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Van Weezer – ‘Hero’
Album of the Year 2021
What we said:

“quality continues to run throughout the entire record and there is very little ease on the throttle”

Read our review of ‘Below’

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Beartooth – ‘Skin’
What we said:

“another very good release from a band overdue commercial success”

Read our review of ‘Into the Blue’

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The Joy Formidable – ‘Into the Blue’
What we said:

“a middle finger up at the haters”

Read our review of ‘Still Sucks’

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Limp Bizkit – ‘Dad Vibes’
What we said:

“a delicate masterpiece from a songwriter of the highest level”

Read our review of ‘The Hole Around My Head’

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Will Varley – ‘Pushing Against Us’
What we said:

“an enjoyable listen and the band clearly still has something to say”

Read our review of ‘The Ultra Vivid Lament’

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Manic Street Preachers – ‘The Secret He Had Missed’
What we said:

“up there with the best that Beans On Toast has released”

Read our review of ‘Survival of the Friendliest’

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Beans On Toast – ‘Humans’
What we said:

“it really is time to stop being surprised by the quality in this band”

Read our review of ’21st Century Love Songs’

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The Wildhearts – ‘Remember These Days’
What we said:

“the extravagance of the band is what makes them great and thankfully their 7th studio album has it in abundance”

Read our review of ‘Motorheart’

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The Darkness – ‘Jussy’s Girl’
What we said:

“for their tenth album the band has set out to create their masterpiece”

Read our review of ‘Coral Island’

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The Coral – ‘Change Your Mind’
What we said:

“a strong debut album that lays the foundations of what will likely be a long and successful career”

Read our review of ‘W.L.’

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The Snuts – ‘Glasgow’
What we said:

“this is a stunning pop rock album”

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Pale Waves – ‘Fall to Pieces’
What we said:

“the album is laced with quality and shows the ease with which AFI are able to produce catchy songs”

Read our review of ‘Bodies’

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AFI – ‘Dulceria’
What we said:

“Iron Maiden doing exactly what you’d expect Iron Maiden to do”

Read our review of ‘Senjutsu’

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Iron Maiden – ‘Senjutsu’
What we said:

“this is very much Numan at the top of his game

Read our review of ‘Intruder’

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Gary Numan – ‘Intruder’
What we said:

“the signature of a band comfortable in their skin”

Read our review of ‘Pressure Machine’

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The Killers – ‘Quiet Town’
What we said:

“the very thing that identifies their sound is their lack of boundaries, their quirkiness and willingness to experiment”

Read our review of ‘The Myth of the Happily Ever After’

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Biffy Clyro – ‘A Hunger In Your Haunt’
What we said:

“well crafted and superbly delivered album that is well worth your time and attention”

Read our review of ‘A Matter of Life & Love’

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Skinny Lister – ‘Damn The Amsterdam’

The quality of this year’s releases has been truly phenomenal as our opening 30 albums attests. The competition is extremely tight for the coveted top spot and that is clear throughout the prestigious Top 20 that follows.

What we said:

“a sublime collection of upbeat, heartfelt and powerful songs that is bound to be stuck on repeat for the foreseeable future”

Read our review of ‘A Funeral For Youth’

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Miss Vincent – ‘Rosalie’
What we said:

“The Pretty Reckless have solidified themselves in the upper echelons of Hard Rock”

Read our review of ‘Death by Rock and Roll’

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The Pretty Reckless – ‘Only Love Can Save Me’
What we said:

“you are fully absorbed by the mix of heavy hooks and catchy sing-a-long pop vocals”

Read our review of ‘Dark & Beautiful Secrets’

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Normandie – ‘Hostage’
What we said:

“Trash Boat have delivered their best work yet and they appear ready to lead the charge for British rock”

Read our review of ‘Don’t You Feel Amazing?’

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Trash Boat – ‘He’s So Good’
What we said:

“there are moments of grandeur that harness the bands expansive sound spread throughout”

Read our review of ‘The Greatest Mistake of My Life’

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Holding Absence – ‘Afterlife’
What we said:

“the album attacks your senses and gets your feet stomping and your head banging”

Read our review of ‘When Life Was Hard And Fast’

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Ricky Warwick – ‘When Life Was Hard & Fast’
What we said:

“Trivium have well and truly earned their place at the top table of metal”

Read our review of ‘In the Court of the Dragon’

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Trivium – ‘Feast of Fire’
Album of the Year 2021
What we said:

“a stunning release from a band assumedly at the peak of their powers”

Read our review of ‘American Noir’

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Creeper – ‘Midnight’
Album of the Year 2021
What we said:

“there is a real good mix of sounds on this album which together encompass Kennedy’s various alter egos”

Read our review of ‘The Ides of March’

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Myles Kennedy – ‘In Stride’
Album of the Year 2021
What we said:

“the power of this album doesn’t just lie with Bennett of course and the rest of the band have summoned even more power and majesty then before”

Read our review of ‘The Hope List’

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Lonely The Brave – ‘Bound’
Album of the Year 2021
What we said:

“the album really feels like a love letter to both the bands own history and the music of those that influenced the members”

Read our review of ‘Medicine at Midnight’

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Foo Fighters – ‘Love Dies Young’
Album of the Year 2021
What we said:

“an album packed with rock club dancefloor fillers, designed to get you moving”

Read our review of ‘Sticky’

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Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes – ‘My Town’
Album of the Year 2021
What we said:

“there are grandiose ambitions spread throughout the album with the band obviously striving for more”

Read our review of ‘For Those That Wish To Exist’

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Architects – ‘Animals’
Album of the Year 2021
What we said:

“IDLES continue to be one of the most exciting and vital bands around”

Read our review of ‘CRAWLER’

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IDLES – ‘Car Crash’
Album of the Year 2021
What we said:

“an album of pure, unadulterated, adrenaline-filled pop rock pleasure”

Read our review of ‘Amazing Things’

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Don Broco – ‘Bruce Willis’
Album of the Year 2021
What we said:

“Press To MECO have always had a knack for creating ferocious yet catchy songs and this album is packed full of tasty rifftastic bangers”

Read our review of ‘Transmute’

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Press to MECO – ‘A Test Of Our Resolve’
Album of the Year 2021
What we said:

“the band are still able to mix catchy pop melodies with hard hitting beats to create a sound equally at home in front of mosh pits and dancefloors”

Read our review of ‘Seize the Power’

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Yonaka – ‘Call Me A Saint’
Album of the Year 2021
What we said:

“the duo however manage to amplify these electronic elements without losing their rock attitude and resonance”

Read our review of ‘Typhoons’

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Royal Blood – ‘Boilermaker’
Album of the Year 2021
What we said:

“a rare talent that have now reinforced their passion and ability to create great music for anybody who wants to listen but without concession on their vision”

Read our review of ‘Written & Directed’

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Black Honey – ‘Believer’
Album of the Year 2021
What we said:

“this record feels like it comes from a band at the peak of their powers, but knowing this group, they will still have plenty more to come”

Read our review of ‘Blue Weekend’

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Wolf Alice – ‘Smile’

Well there you have it! What a truly magnificent year for new music 2021 has been. What will 2022 have in store? Remember to discover the best new acts by following our ‘Discover’ New Music Playlist’!

Stay tuned for our 2021 Year in Review coming very soon.

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TRNSMT Festival 2022 gets bigger

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Welcome to another edition of our News Report. We start this week with a couple of huge 2022 Festival announcements.

Scottish event TRNSMT this week announced more acts for next years festival, which takes place 8-10 July in Glasgow. The event is set to be headlined by Paolo Nutini, The Strokes and Lewis Capaldi.

There are prominent spots also for Sam Fender, Foals and Wolf Alice. The rest of the bill includes The Regrettes, The Snuts, Fontaines D.C., Jimmy Eat World, Maximo Park, Self Esteem and Wet Leg.

Tickets are here.

Read our review of The Snuts live in Colchester

All Points East unveil 2022 line-up

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All Points East will return to Victoria Park in London next August and this week unveiled their line-up across six days of music.

Headliners over the course of the event will be Gorillaz, The Chemical Brothers, Kraftwerk, Tame Impala, The National, Disclosure and Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds.

Supporting acts across the event include IDLES, Self Esteem, Dry Cleaning, Fleet Foxes, King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard, Michael Kiwanuka and Anna Calvi.

Tickets are here.

Read our review of ‘CRAWLER’ from IDLES

Ghost announce UK Arena Tour

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We move on to tour news now as our News Report continues. This week saw Ghost announce that they will be coming to Europe early next year.

This will include four UK dates in Manchester, London, Glasgow and Birmingham. Support will come from Uncle Acid and the Deadbeats and Twin Temple.

Tickets are here.

Listen to ‘Hunter’s Moon’ from Ghost on our ‘Hard & Heavy’ Playlist

Bloc Party announce new Tour

Bloc Party returned this week with the news that they will release a new album, ‘Alpha Games’ on April 29th. Not only that but the band will be touring the UK next Spring.

Tickets info and pre-orders are here.

Listen to ‘Traps’ from Bloc Party on our Spotify Hot List!

Trash Boat announce UK Tour

Another band announcing a tour for early next year this is Trash Boat who will hit the road in March. The intimate tour will see the band playing towns and cities not always on all touring schedules.

Tickets are here.

Read our review of ‘Don’t You Feel Amazing?’ from Trash Boat

Bob Vylan reveal headline tour dates

Our final tour announcement this week comes from Bob Vylan. The band will be hitting the road for a headline tour this May and June in support of new album ‘The Price of Life’ which is out April 23rd.

Fresh from supporting both Biffy Clyro and The Offspring, this is one not to be missed.

Tickets and album pre-orders here.

Read our review of Bob Vylan live at Wembley Arena with The Offspring

Blood Red Shoes debut ‘ I Am Not You’

Blood Red Shoes – ‘I Am Not You’

We finish off our News Report again with this weeks new music releases. First up is, ‘I Am Not You’, the latest single from Blood Red Shoes.

The single precedes new album, ‘Ghosts On Tape’ which arrives January 14th.

Pre-order your copy here.

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Tigercub unveil new single ‘I.W.G.F.U.’

Tigercub – ‘I.W.G.F.U.’

Tigercub also released new music this week, ahead of their upcoming UK Tour.

You can listen to new single, ‘I.W.G.F.U.’ above, and you can grab tour tickets here.

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CRAWLER

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IDLES – ‘CRAWLER’

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IDLES – CRAWLER – ALBUM REVIEW

It’s a little over a year since IDLES released their magnificent third studio album ‘Ultra Mono’, but already their fourth has arrived. ‘CRAWLER’ was actually only announced on September 28th as the band dropped the lead single, ‘The Beachland Ballroom’.

So with minimal promotion and fanfare can this album continue the incredible hot streak that the band find themselves on? With just two pre-release singles fans will need to sink their teeth fully into ‘CRAWLER’ to find out, so let’s do just that.

The album starts with ‘MTT 420 RR’ and ‘The Wheel’ quickly establishing that this is definitely an IDLES album. That may sound silly, but following the initial singles there was an element of worry from some that the album may represent a significant departure from their much heralded sound.

Of course, it’s tricky for artists to evolve, with that especially true in the rock or guitar music world. Natural progression can often be seen as selling out by fans loyal to an artist’s early work, making it difficult not to alienate your audience whilst experimenting with your art.

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IDLES – ‘Car Crash’

Again as we continue the album with ‘When the Lights Come On’, ‘Car Crash’ and ‘New Sensation’, it’s clear that IDLES have maintained the essence of what has brought them to this point. That said it’s also abundantly obvious that they haven’t been afraid to divert course. They are still on the same road but they have changed lanes.

This shouldn’t be a surprise though as they started to indicate this lane change on ‘Ultra Mono’. Keep doing the same thing and the band will be accused of simple IDLES-by-numbers output, but dare evolve their sound and they will be deemed to have sold out or some similar nonsense.

It really is a hard balance to strike, but on ‘CRAWLER’ they have managed to do just that. This isn’t Dylan going electric, but it is a band stretching their legs. As the album moves on through ‘Stockholm Syndrome’, ‘The Beachland Ballroom’, ‘Crawl!’ and ‘Meds’ you can’t help but imagine how huge these songs will sound live.

Listen to ‘The Beachland Ballroom’ on our Spotify Hot List!

Nobody really expected a new IDLES album so soon after ‘Ultra Mono’, but we’ve got one and ‘CRAWLER’ does exactly what it needs to do. As the band head towards their sold out tour next year, they now have four albums of incredible material to choose from.

The hot streak remains intact and IDLES continue to be one of the most exciting and vital bands around.

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Y Not Festival reveals 2022 line-up

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Welcome to another edition of our weekly music News Report. We start with a festival line-up announcement. The festival in question is Derbyshire event Y Not which takes place 29th to 31st July next year.

The line-up got bigger this week with additions including Stereophonics, Manic Street Preachers, The Vaccines, The Snuts, Dinosaur Pile-Up, Black Honey, The Futureheads, Dream Wife and Yard Act!

They join the already announced Courteeners, Blossoms, Nothing But Thieves, Levellers, Pale Waves, Vistas, Beans On Toast and more.

Tickets can be picked up here.

Read our review of Manic Street Preachers live in Cambridge

Machine Head & Amon Amarth team up for arena tour dates

Machine Head News Report

It’s on to tour announcements now as our News Report continues. Up first is the news this week that Machine Head will team up with Amon Amarth for four huge arena shows next year.

September will see the bands play shows in Nottingham, Cardiff, London and Manchester with support from The Halo Effect.

Tickets are here.

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The Enemy announce reunion tour

The Enemy News Report

Indie favourites The Enemy this week revealed that they will reunite for a lengthy trek around the UK in the latter part of next year.

The tour will include support slots from both Little Man Tate and Wide Eyed Boy.

Tickets are here.

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Franz Ferdinand announce UK Tour

Franz Ferdinand News Report

It was a big news week for Franz Ferdinand. The indie icons revealed that they will release a best-of album on March 11th entitled ‘Hits To The Head’!

The band will also be playing a huge European Tour which will include dates in London, Manchester and Glasgow.

Tickets, album pre-sales and more can be found here.

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Volbeat announce intimate London show

Volbeat next, as this week they announced a very intimate London date for Saturday 21st May next year. The band will release new album, ‘Servant Of The Mind’ on December 3rd and pre-orders get early access to tickets.

Pre-order your album here.

Read to our review of ‘Bullet For My Valentine’ from Bullet For My Valentine

The Homeless Gospel Choir reveals UK Tour

This week saw the announcement that The Homeless Gospel Choir will be playing a full UK Tour next year.

Tickets can be found here.

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IDLES debut ‘Car Crash’

IDLES – ‘Car Crash’

Now we move onto new music releases as our News Report continues. IDLES will release their new album, ‘Crawler’, on November 12th, and previewed the record this week with new single ‘Car Crash’.

Pre-order the album here.

Read our review of IDLES live at PRYZM, Kingston

Slipknot unveil ‘The Chapeltown Rag’

Slipknot – ‘The Chapeltown Rag’

Another band releasing a new single this week were legendary metal group Slipknot. You can listen to ‘The Chapeltown Rag’ above or click here for other options.

Read our review of ‘Still Sucks’ from Limp Bizkit

Green Day drop ‘Holy Toledo!’

Green Day – ‘Holy Toledo!’

There was also new music this week from Green Day. ‘Holy Toledo!’ arrives from the soundtrack to the movie Mark, Mary & Some Other People.

More here.

Placebo announce new album ‘Never Let Me Go’

Placebo – ‘Never Let Me Go’

Placebo recently returned with their first new music in year, the single ‘Beautiful James’. Now the band has announced that they will release a new album, ‘Never Let Me Go’, with pre-sales commencing on November 9th.

Those that pre-order will also get advance access to tickets for a yet to be announced UK Tour!

Pre-order here.

Listen to ‘Beautiful James’ on our Spotify Hot List!

Twin Atlantic debut ‘Get Famous’

Twin Atlantic – ‘Get Famous’

Finally we finish off our News Report with the latest single from Twin Atlantic, ‘Get Famous’ which debuted this week. The band will release their new album, ‘Transparency’ on January 7th.

Pre-order your copy here.

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2000trees Festival gets bigger!

Welcome to another weekly News Report from Full Pelt Music. We start this week with a handful of 2022 festival line-up announcements and first up is this beauty from 2000trees Festival.

Added to the event this week were the likes of Dream State, Tigercub, Ginger Wildheart, ROAM, Never Not Nothing and WITCH FEVER.

They join the already announced IDLES, Jimmy Eat World, The Amazons, Dinosaur Pile-Up, Young Guns, Royal Republic, Lonely The Brave, Crossfaith, Vukovi, Bob Vylan, Beans On Toast, Will Varley, Press To MECO, Lauran Hibberd, Haggard Cat and so many more.

To be at the loaded event, you can grab your ticket here.

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Bearded Theory announce more acts for 2022 Festival

Some of the best UK Festivals are the smaller independent variety that can feature real strength and depth in their line-ups. Bearded Theory’s Spring Gathering was already looking packed, but this week they’ve added even more incredible acts!

New acts include Frank Turner & The Sleeping Souls, The Hives, Yonaka, Working Men’s Club, Billy Nomates, John, Do Nothing, Bob Vylan and Little Comets!

They join Placebo, The Flaming Lips, Patti Smith, The Mission, Shame, Peter Hook & The Light, Wilko Johnson, Ferocious Dog, Lauran Hibberd, The Ninth Wave, Nova Twins and more!

Grab your tickets here.

Read our review of Lost Evenings Festival

Boardmasters reveal 2022 line-up

Another festival revealing their 2022 line-up this week is Boardmasters. Headlining the surf and music event will be George Ezra, Disclosure and Kings of Leon!

They’ll be joined by the likes of Bastille, IDLES, Declan McKenna and Tom Grennan with hundreds more still to be announced.

Tickets are here.

Read our review of IDLES live in Kingston

BST add Eagles and Adele to 2022 bill

British Summer Time in Hyde Park has added two more superstar names to it’s 2022 bill this week. First it was announced Adele would perform two now sold out shows. It was then announced that the legendary Eagles will also perform the event.

They join already announced headliners Pearl Jam, Elton John and Duran Duran. Tickets for the shows are here.

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Stereophonics to celebrate 20th anniversary of ‘Just Enough Education to Perform’

Our News Report moves onto tour announcements now and we start with a celebration from Stereophonics. The band will be playing some intimate ‘Just Enough Education to Perform’ shows to celebrate the albums 20th anniversary.

Any remaining tickets can be found here.

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PVRIS announce UK return

Another tour announced this week will see the return to the UK of PVRIS for huge shows in Manchester, Glasgow, Birmingham and London.

Tickets are here.

Frank Turner debuts ‘Non Serviam’

Frank Turner – ‘Non Serviam’

New music now as our News Report continues. Ahead of his upcoming album, ‘FTHC’, Frank Turner this week debuted the latest track from the record, ‘Non Serviam’.

Check the song out above and pre-order the album here.

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Nova Twins unveil ‘Antagonist’

Nova Twins – ‘Antagonist’

Nova Twins this week unveiled their latest track ‘Antagonist’, which you can check out above or here.

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Blood Red Shoes debut ‘Morbid Fascination’

Blood Red Shoes – ‘Morbid Fascination’

Finally this week we conclude our News Report with the latest single from Blood Red Shoes. You can check out ‘Morbid Fascination’ above ahead of the release of their new album ‘Ghosts On Tape’ which arrives January 14th!

Pre-order the album here.

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Isle Of Wight reveals 2022 line-up

Isle of Wight News Report

Welcome to another edition of our weekly music News Report. We start this week with some festival news with events turning now to the 2022 festival season.

One of the biggest events in the UK, the iconic Isle Of Wight Festival has this week revealed the first acts set to grace the festival next year. Topping the bill will be Lewis Capaldi, Lionel Richie, Kasabian, Pete Tong and huge Sunday headliners Muse.

They’ll be joined by the likes of Blossoms, The Vaccines, Happy Mondays, Shaggy, The Proclaimers and The Coral.

Tickets and information can be found here.

Read our review of ‘Coral Island’ from The Coral

2022 2000trees Festival line-up takes shape!

2000trees News Report

This week also saw a stunning line-up announcement from 2000trees Festival as their 2022 edition takes shape. The event will be headlined by IDLES, Thrice and Jimmy Eat World!

They will be joined by The Amazons, Dinosaur Pile-Up, Young Guns, Royal Republic, Rolo Tomassi, Lonely The Brave, Crossfaith, Vukovi, Bob Vylan, Beans On Toast, Will Varley, Lauran Hibberd, Press To Meco, Haggard Cat and many more.

To join the fun, tickets can be found here

Read our review of ‘Transmute’ from Press To Meco

You Me At Six to celebrate ‘Sinners Never Sleep’

You Me At Six News Report

Last week Slam Dunk Festival announced the first acts that will play the event next summer. This week two huge shows were announced to take place on the same site in the days leading up to the festival.

Hitting Leeds and Hatfield in June will be You Me At Six as they celebrate the 10th Anniversary of their album ‘Sinners Never Sleep’. There will also be a supporting bill that will include The Hunna.

Tickets can be found here.

Read our review of Bring Me The Horizon & You Me At Six live at The O2

Liam Gallagher set for Knebworth return

Liam Gallagher News Report

Next June will see Liam Gallagher return to Knebworth Park. The ex-Oasis icon will headline a venue close to his heart coinciding with the release of his new album ‘C’mon You Know’ on May 27th.

A huge support bill has been revealed with Kasabian, Michael Kiwanuka, Fat White Family and Goat Girl all set to join Gallagher.

Tickets will be here.

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Tool announce rare UK dates

We continue our News Report with some tour announcements. First is a run of three UK dates for Tool. The rarely seen band will be playing shows in Manchester, Birmingham and London in May 2022.

Tickets are here.

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Billy Idol set for UK Arena Tour

Also revealing a run of UK Arena dates for early summer next year is Billy Idol. Playing six dates in June he will be joined by The Go-Go’s for ‘The Roadside Tour’.

Tickets are here.

Read our review of ‘No Gods No Masters’ from Garbage

Rolo Tomassi set for February tour

Our final tour announcement comes from Rolo Tomassi who will team up with Pupil Slicer for a February European Tour which will include four UK dates finishing up in London.

Tickets are here.

Read our review of IDLES live at PRYZM, Kingston

IDLES announce fourth album ‘Crawler’

IDLES – ‘The Beachland Ballroom’

This week saw IDLES announce the release of their fourth studio album, ‘Crawler’ which will arrive November 12th. The first single from the album, ‘The Beachland Ballroom’, can be heard above!

You can pre-order the album here.

Listen to ‘The Beachland Ballroom’ on our Spotify Hot List!

Ghost launch new era with ‘Hunter’s Moon’

Ghost – ‘Hunter’s Moon’

Ghost are the masters of the mysterious, the epic, the macabre… the enthralling. Now, they are gearing up for their next chapter with the unveiling of their brand new single, ‘Hunter’s Moon’.

You can order a 7″ or stream here.

Listen to ‘Hunter’s Moon’ on our ‘Hard & Heavy’ Playlist

Fatherson reveal ‘End Of The World’

Fatherson – ‘End Of The World’

We close out our News Report this week with the ‘End Of The World’! After all that is the title of the new single from Fatherson and they also enter the next phase of their career.

You can find more here.

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Stereophonics announce ‘Oochya!’

Stereophonics News Report

It’s another busy music news week, particularly for Stereophonics – so that’s where we commence our News Report!

This week saw the band announce the release of ‘Oochya’, their 12th studio album. The record will arrive on March 4th 2022, and you can pre-order your copy here.

Preceding the release of the album is their new single, ‘Hanging On Your Hinges’, which you can check out below. The band has also revealed a huge UK Arena Tour for next year with tickets available here.

Stereophonics – ‘Hanging On Your Hinges’

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The Coral announce 20th Anniversary Tour

The Coral News Report

Sticking with tour news, this week saw a huge announcement from The Coral. The band revealed a 12 date trek around the UK set for March 2022. Making the shows extra special they will celebrate the 20th Anniversary of ‘The Coral’, with a remastered edition available on Friday 4th March 2022.

Tickets and pre-sale information is here.

Read our review of IDLES live at PRYZM, Kingston

Miles Kane reveals ‘Change The Show’

Miles Kane News Report

Miles Kane also revealed a lengthy 16 date UK tour this week. The run of dates will take place in January/February 2022 with support from Brooke Combe and includes a huge show at the Roundhouse in London.

The tour comes as Kane announces the release of his fourth studio album, ‘Change The Show’, which will arrive January 21st! You can check out his track, ‘Don’t Let It Get You Down’ below.

Ticket and pre-sale information is here.

Miles Kane – ‘Don’t Let It Get You Down’

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Jamie Lenman set for ‘King of Clubs’ Tour

Jamie Lenman

Jamie Lenman has this week also announced a tour of the UK, dubbed the ‘King of Clubs’ tour. He will take in 13 venues across the country prior to the end of the year.

Tickets for the show are available here.

Read our review of Jamie Lenman at Download Pilot Festival

Creation Day reveals 2022 line-up

Just the one piece of festival news this week in our News Report, and it comes from Wolverhampton event Creation Day.

The two day event will see headline performances from IDLES and Happy Mondays. Also playing the event will be the likes of Echo & The Bunnymen, Cast, Glasvegas, Friendly Fires, Ash and more.

Tickets are here.

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The Darkness debut ‘Nobody Can See Me Cry’

The Darkness – ‘Nobody Can See Me Cry’

On to the new releases of the past week now, and we start things off with The Darkness!

The band debuted their latest single, ‘Nobody Can See Me Cry’ this week as they continue to prepare for the release of ‘Motorheart’ on November 19th.

Pre-order the album here.

Listen to ‘Nobody Can See My Cry’ on our ‘Hard & Heavy’ Spotify Playlist

Billy Talent return with ‘End Of Me’

Billy Talent – ‘End Of Me’

This week saw Billy Talent return with their new single, ‘End Of Me’, which features Rivers Cuomo. The single comes ahead of a new album, ‘Crisis Of Faith’ which will arrive January 21st!

Pre-order the album here

Listen to ‘End Of Me’ on our Spotify Hot List!

Skinny Lister unveil ‘Damn The Amsterdam’

Skinny Lister – ‘Damn The Amsterdam’

Finally this week we close our News Report with the brand new track from Skinny Lister. Featuring The Longest Johns, ‘Damn The Amsterdam’ comes ahead of new album, ‘A Matter Of Life & Love’.

That album arrives on October 22nd, and you can pre-order here.

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PRYZM, Kingston

Thursday 26th August 2021

IDLES PRYZM Kingston, Live Review

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IDLES – PRYZM, KINGSTON – LIVE REVIEW

Album release shows would normally happen around the time that a new album is released. We all know why this isn’t the case for any artist releasing new music over the past 18 months but finally for IDLES the time has arrived to play these special intimate shows. With two hometown Bristol shows and an Oxford gig in the bank, the band arrive in Kingston for their opportunity to grace the PRYZM stage.

‘Ultra Mono’ was released in September 2020, so these release shows happen almost a year on from the album’s arrival. For some acts this could cause issues, but not for IDLES. If the euphoria for fans seeing the band after the last year or so isn’t enough, they have also waited patiently to hear these new songs live.

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It actually feels wrong to call them new songs, as they’ve helped many a fan through a difficult period in all our lives. These songs are now part of our lives, but IDLES songs always seem to grow wings in the live setting. So as the clock strikes half past nine, it’s time to let these track soar.

Straight out the bat fans are treated to ‘War’, ‘Grounds’, ‘Mr. Motivator’ and ‘Anxiety’ as ‘Ultra Mono’ comes to life for a sold out Kingston crowd. With so much pent up frustration there is immediately a cathartic release of energy with the audience and the band clearly up for it tonight.

As the evening continues and the setlist weaves between the bands three albums, it becomes clear that the new(er) tracks more than hold their own live. ‘The Lover’, ‘Kill Them With Kindness’ and in particular ‘Reigns’ all sound monstrous tonight.

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When you add these tracks to a set that includes ‘Mother’, ‘1049 Gotho’, ‘Samaritans’ and ‘Divide and Conquer’ you come to realise how formidable a back catalogue IDLES have amassed over a relatively short period of time.

The band has always been ferocious yet incredibly tight live and they have lost none of this innate ability during their enforced time away from the stage. Finishing with ‘Never Fight a Man With a Perm’ and ‘Danke’ you know that opportunities to catch this band in venues this size are going to be few and far between.

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