NME.COM has the first report from the show
Bloc Party treated fans to a sneak preview of their eagerly awaited second album tonight during a triumphant gig at London’s Royal Albert Hall (March 29).
Opening up the set with a new track ‘Waiting For The 7.18’, the band then tore through live favourites including ‘She’s Hearing Voices’, ‘Banquet’, ‘This Modern Love’, ‘Two More Years’, ‘Helicopter’ and ‘Like Eating Glass’.
However, the group also previewed five songs set to appear on the follow-up to their 2005 breakthrough debut ‘Silent Alarm’ including ‘Hunting For Witches’, ‘Uniform’, ‘Wet’ and ‘Blue Moon’.
Throughout the 65 minute set, singer Kele Okereke – who was sporting a white T-shirt with a black question mark design – was on good form, joking around with the crowd when he said: “This is actually the second time we’ve played at the Royal Albert Hall. Last time I was here I played with the school district choir when I was 12 years old.”
During the single ‘So Here We Are’, Okereke ran over and hugged some lucky competition winners who were dancing at the side of the stage, before jumping on top of an amplifier to play his guitar.
As the band launched into new track ‘Blue Moon’ during the encore, the singer dedicated the song to a group of teenage cancer sufferers who were in the audience and thanked the crowd for coming to the show.
Finshing up the set, Okereke quipped: “It was definitely better second time around at the Royal Albert Hall. We’ll see you next time we play here.”
Bloc Party were playing as part of the sixth round of annual gigs at the legendary venue in aid of the Teenage Cancer Trust.
Earlier in the evening, Mystery Jets kicked off proceedings with a set which included tracks from their debut album ‘Making Dens’ such as ‘You Can’t Fool Me Dennis’, ‘Alas Agnes’, ‘Zoo Time’ and ‘The Boy Who Ran Away’ before Biffy Clyro continued the music, also with new songs, such as ‘Semimental’, ‘Who’s Got A Match?’, ‘Now I’m Everyone’ and ‘A Whole Child Ago’ alongside set regulars ‘Glitter And Trauma’ and ‘Just Boy’.
Bloc Party’s set ran:
‘Waiting For The 7.18’
‘She’s Hearing Voices’
‘This Modern Love’
‘Hunting For Witches’
‘Two More Years’
‘Like Eating Glass’
‘So Here We Are’
‘Price Of Gas’