“Long live the European Union!”: Watch Idles get political during London gig

"This song is about how much we despise the disgusting, racist right wing press. Don't read The Sun or the Daily Mail, it will give you cancer."

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.

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.”

Elsewhere, Talbot continued the band’s ongoing feud with Sleaford Mods and Slaves ahead of ‘Benzocaine’, saying: “Have Sleaford Mods and Slaves got Ocado accounts? I’m sure they have.” 

You can see footage, images and reaction from the gig here:

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.

Setlist
Colossus

Never Fight a Man With a Perm
Mother
Faith in the City
I’m Scum
Great
Heel/Heal
Danny Nedelko
Where’s My Ice Cream
Divide & Conquer
1049 Gotho
Love Song
Benzocaine
Samaritans
Television
Exeter
Well Done
Rottweiler