Last night, one of the biggest bands in Britain, Oxford five-pieceFoals, hit up the 12,500-capacity Wembley Arena and gave a performance that showed them totally worthy of their Reading & Leeds headliner slot in August. Playing at tonight’s NME Awards 2016 with Austin, Texas at the 5,000-capacity O2 Academy Brixton in London, if anything they took things up a notch, opening the award ceremony with a brutal, raw performance of their 2015 banger ‘What Went Down’.
It’s probably the song that ruined frontman Yannis Philippakis’ larynx in October last year on their tour of South America, because he totally lets rip each and every time. On this occasion we see him climbing up the walls, roaring at the top of his voice as he prowls the front of the stage, in among the tables, before chucking his mic up into the air and letting it fall the several metres to the floor. If you haven’t managed to catch them on their massive UK arena tour with Everything Everything and Peace, you still have a chance to catch them in Birmingham on Friday 19 February – and, of course, at Reading & Leeds in August.