Alt-J play biggest headline show of their career in London

Live band included a brass section for 'Bloodflood Pt II'

Alt-J played the biggest headline show of their career so far last night (September 24) at London’s Alexandra Palace.

The band concluded their six-date UK tour at the prestigious venue with a 17-song set which included the bonus track from their newly released album, ‘This Is All Yours’, a cover of Bill Withers’ soul classic, ‘Lovely Day’.

“Welcome to the biggest gig we’ve ever done in our lives,” said keyboard player Gus Unger-Hamilton after the band played the second song of the set ‘Fitzpleasure’, taken from their Mercury Prize-winning debut album, ‘An Awesome Wave’. Evidently overawed at the size of the massive sold-out crowd, he later commented: “I didn’t know what 10,000 people looked like until tonight!”


The band are currently on track to score their first Number One album, with ‘This Is All Yours’, from which they played a number of tracks, opening with ‘Hunger Of The Pine’ as well as airing a rapturously received ‘Left Hand Free’, ‘Every Other Freckle’, ‘Warm Foothills’, ‘The Gospel of John Hurt’, and ‘Nara’.

They were joined by a small brass band for ‘Bloodflood Pt II’. The tour makes for their first UK shows since the departure of multi-instrumentalist, Gwil Sainsbury. The band finished their set with ‘Breezeblocks’ from their debut.

The band now head to Ireland to play Dublin’s O2 on Saturday (September 27) before a number of European dates, then an Australian and North American tour. Next year they will play London’s O2 Arena (January 24, 2015). 

Alt-J played:

‘Hunger Of The Pine’
‘Something Good’
‘Left Hand Free’
‘Dissolve Me’
‘Bloodflood Pt2’
‘Every Other Freckle’
‘Warm Foothills’
‘The Gospel Of John Hurt’

‘Lovely Day’