Portishead make surprise live debut

New material revealed to shocked fans

Portishead made a surprise unannounced return to the live stage on Sunday night (25 February) at small music bar Mr Wolfs in Bristol.

It was the reclusive band’s first live appearance since 2005’s Tsunami Benefit Show.

Under the guise of Grumpy Man DJs, band members Geoff Barrow, Adrian Uttley and Beth Gibbons surprised both gig-goers and venue staff with a shortset which included Portishead classic such as ‘Wandering Star’, in addition to trying out brand new untitled tracks on the crowd.

The band have not released an album since 1997’s self-titled LP.

A witness in the audience there that evening later told NME.COM: “It was a brief, but memorable experience. If the new song is a measure of the quality of the forthcoming album, Portishead fans are in for a treat later this year.”

For more on the band’s return stay tuned to NME.COM.