Bloc Party showcase new tracks for Radio 1 show

Bassist Gordon Moakes also shows off his drumming skills

Bloc Party took a break from their UK tour to perform a special show for Radio 1 tonight (January 30).

The four-piece played an energetic live set in front of a selected audience of 100 people, which included up to six new songs from their second album ‘A Weekend In The City’, out on Monday (February 5).

The band were in jovial spirits throughout their 45-minute set, indulging in plenty of between song banter at Maida Vale studios.

Singer Kele Okereke, who was sporting a white t-shirt emblazoned with the words ‘Choose Life’, made reference to their new album at one point before a member of the audience shouted, “I’ve got it.”

“You’ve got it?,” he asked. “Right we’ll get our 12 cans out of you at the end of the show then.”

Bassist Gordon Moakes also joked with the audience: “Just because it’s on the radio you can still dance, which is probably better because no-one is gonna see you.”

The band played old favourites including ‘Banquet’ and ‘Like Eating Glass’ as well as new tracks ‘Hunting For Witches’, ‘Waiting For The 7:18’ and forthcoming single ‘I Still Remember’.

Towards the end of the set Moakes got behind a second drum kit alongside sticksman Matt Tong for the track ‘Sunday’.

Despite running over time, the band threw in crowd favourite ‘Helicopter’ at the end.

The played:

‘Song For Clay (Disappear Here)’

‘Hunting For Witches’

‘Positive Tension’


‘Waiting For The 7:18’

‘The Prayer’

‘This Modern Love’

‘I Still Remember’

‘Like Eating Glass’

‘Two More Years’



Bloc Party will continue their UK tour with three nights at the London Astoria tomorrow night (January 31).

Their remaining dates are:

London Astoria (31, February 1,2)

Folkestone Leas Cliff Hall (3)

Reading Hexagon (5)

Cardiff University (6)

Bristol Academy (7)

Exeter Areat Hall (9)

Birmingham Academy (10)

Nottingham Rock City (11)

Cambridge Corn Exchange (13)

Manchester Academy (14)

Dublin Ambassador (16)

Glasgow Barrowland (17)

Aberdeen Music Hall (18)

Edinburgh Usher Hall (20)

Newcastle Academy (21)

Sheffield Octagon (22)