Idles got political during the first of three gigs at London’s Electric Ballroom last night, with frontman Joe Talbot voicing his support for the UK staying in the EU.
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Shouting “Long Live the European Union” ahead of their song ‘Great’, Talbot later took aim at Jeremy Corbyn when a fan started chanting the Labour leader’s name ahead of song ‘Television.’
Talbot said: “I think it’s a bit late to be shouting Jeremy Corbyn’s name mate, it’s a bit late for that.”
You can see footage, images and reaction from the gig here:
Idles – the best band out there pic.twitter.com/IVGUhhjbLA
— ? Dannii Leivers (@danniileivers) April 4, 2019
IDLES • London • Night 1
Smashing it. So so good. pic.twitter.com/YBvXHeyd3l
— Jamie MacMillan (@jamiemacphotos) April 5, 2019
IDLES last night put on one of "those" performances. I'll never forget it. Electric Ballroom was the perfect venue for that beautiful chaos. pic.twitter.com/9JOLEnJP4F
— Ross Peacock (@rosspeacock) April 5, 2019
Mixing post-punk and politics: Idles, with a song for the European Union, in Camden last night. pic.twitter.com/WGAC5m2RdY
— Mel Gomes (@melstarsg) April 5, 2019
— Damian Jones (@damianjones1) April 4, 2019
Wow! What a night? Thank you @idlesband for the openness that drove closeness with strangers. From the back to the sides & moshing in the front; the energy of love & acceptance ran through. UNITY #IDLES pic.twitter.com/yTwSgDjiSE
— Dave Murphy (@iamdavemurphy) April 2, 2019
Splendid set from Idles in Camden tonight pic.twitter.com/hg30XS79m8
— Chris Badley (@CGBadley) April 4, 2019
— Steve (@steve_hbridge) April 4, 2019
Elsewhere in the show, the group brought a fan on stage, performed a rendition of Chris De Burgh’s 1986 chart-topper ‘The Lady In Red’ and included a moment of Bon Jovi’s ‘Living On A Prayer’ during their song ‘Exeter.’
Idles also took aim at the right-wing press in the UK ahead of their song ‘Rottweiler.’ Talbot said: “This song is about how much we despise the disgusting, racist right wing press in this fucking country. Don’t read The Sun or the Daily Mail, it will give you cancer.”
After Talbot left the stage, the remaining members concluded the song with guitarist Mark Bowen taking over drumming duties towards the end of the track.
Idles play two more nights at Camden’s Electric Ballroom on April 5 and 6 and you can purchase any remaining tickets here.
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