IDLE STRUMMING!

The triumphant Scottish popsters go all folky on their fans...

Idlewild played an exclusive acoustic show in front of devoted fans in MANCHESTER last night (July 16).

Fans queued all day for the limited tickets for the show at the tiny Matt & Phreds Jazz Club – one of three intimate shows in support of new album ‘The Remote Part’, out this week.

Following a signing session at the nearby Piccadilly Records, the band played a short unplugged-style set, to around 100 fans who sat on the floor, folk-club style. The set drew heavily on the new album, and climaxed with a rousing rendition of Top 20 single ‘American English’.

However, the licensing of the venue meant that underage fans who had queued and had their records signed were turned away when it came to the actual performance. One 17-year-old fan who had queued since 10am that morning made it in, but complained to NME.COM, “I think it’s a bit shady though, that it’s over 18s. There was one guy behind us and he couldn’t get in.”

The band played a similar show in Glasgow the night before, and appear at Virgin Megastore on London’s Oxford Street at 5pm tonight (July 17).

Before the show, singer Roddy Woomble explained to NME.COM the reasoning behind the show. “This is the week our album comes out, so it was important to us, because we’re not really doing too much touring at the moment because of all the festivals. We decided because we couldn’t play normal concerts, to just do small acoustic shows, just make something different, because a lot of the people in this room have seen us a number of times.”

He went on, “It’s kind of impromptu y’know, we’re not particularly experienced acoustically, and that’s what it’s quite good for the people that want to see it.”

Of the reactions to ‘The Remote Part’, which garnered a 9/10 review in NME, Woomble said, “I think it does, it kind of validates what you’re doing, because I do think the record we’ve just put out is the best thing we’ve ever done, I think it’s really moved us on a stage. A lot of people take us more seriously now, we’re a much more legitimate band, and that’s the thing that you can never plan, it just happens with time.”

Woomble also confirmed that the band are to undertake a full tour of the UK for either September or December.