Alt-J play biggest headline show of their career in London

Live band included a brass section for 'Bloodflood Pt II'

Alt-J played the biggest headline show of their career so far last night (September 24) at London’s Alexandra Palace.

The band concluded their six-date UK tour at the prestigious venue with a 17-song set which included the bonus track from their newly released album, ‘This Is All Yours’, a cover of Bill Withers’ soul classic, ‘Lovely Day’.

“Welcome to the biggest gig we’ve ever done in our lives,” said keyboard player Gus Unger-Hamilton after the band played the second song of the set ‘Fitzpleasure’, taken from their Mercury Prize-winning debut album, ‘An Awesome Wave’. Evidently overawed at the size of the massive sold-out crowd, he later commented: “I didn’t know what 10,000 people looked like until tonight!”

The band are currently on track to score their first Number One album, with ‘This Is All Yours’, from which they played a number of tracks, opening with ‘Hunger Of The Pine’ as well as airing a rapturously received ‘Left Hand Free’, ‘Every Other Freckle’, ‘Warm Foothills’, ‘The Gospel of John Hurt’, and ‘Nara’.

They were joined by a small brass band for ‘Bloodflood Pt II’. The tour makes for their first UK shows since the departure of multi-instrumentalist, Gwil Sainsbury. The band finished their set with ‘Breezeblocks’ from their debut.

The band now head to Ireland to play Dublin’s O2 on Saturday (September 27) before a number of European dates, then an Australian and North American tour. Next year they will play London’s O2 Arena (January 24, 2015). 


Alt-J played:

‘Hunger Of The Pine’
‘Fitzpleasure’
‘Something Good’
‘Left Hand Free’
‘Dissolve Me’
‘Matilda’
‘Bloodflood’
‘Bloodflood Pt2’
‘Shesheshe’
‘Tessellate’
‘Every Other Freckle’
‘Taro’
‘Warm Foothills’
‘The Gospel Of John Hurt’

‘Lovely Day’
‘Nara’
‘Breezeblocks’