CHURCH OF NOISE!

The star plays before 600 fans, including NME.COM, at St John's Church in the West End...

BJORK christened the UK release of her new album ‘VESPERTINE’ with a performance in front of just 600 fans in a LONDON church last night (August 29).

The show, which took place at St John’s Church in central London, was the Icelandic star’s first UK live performance since a two-night acoustic residency at the London Union Chapel in December 1999.

Bjork, dressed in the white ‘swan’ dress worn on the cover of ‘Vespertine’, took the opportunity to premiere material from her new album, which was released last Monday (August 27). In addition, she performed a selection of songs from her solo back catalogue, including an encore of her debut solo single ‘Human Behaviour’.

Throughout she was joined by a 14-strong Eskimo choir, harpist and obscure dance duo Matmos, who provided samples and loops.

Also, Bjork announced a brand new song, titled ‘It’s In Our Hands’, which eyewitnesses have described as a “hybrid of ‘Vespertine’ and (last album) ‘Homogenic'”, starting with a minimalist beat, before expanding into a full-on dance number.

Bjork played: ‘Unravel’

‘All Is Full Of Love’

‘Frosti’

‘Aurora’

‘Undo’

‘Gotham Lullaby’

‘Pagan Poetry’

‘Palmstroke’

‘Possibly Maybe’

‘Cocoon’

‘Venus As A Boy’

‘It’s In Our Hands’

‘Anchor Song’

‘Hidden Place’

‘Human Behaviour’

Bjork returns to London on September 23, where she performs a show at the English National Opera. Prior to her ENO date, she will play a number of gigs across Germany, Switzerland and France.