“We’re blown away – this is incredible”: Doves make emotional return to a sold-out London crowd

The band performed fan favourites including 'Black and White Town' and 'Caught by the River'

Doves have made an emotional return to London during a sold-out performance at The Royal Albert Hall for gig in support of the Teenage Cancer Trust.

Receiving a length standing ovation, the band were visibly moved by the reaction to their return with frontman Jimi Goodwin saying: “It’s sold out. We’re blown away – this is incredible.”

The band received a warm reception to old favourites including ‘There Goes The Fear’, ‘Pounding’ and ‘Black and White Town’. The band also played an intimate show yesterday evening in Warrington.

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

Speaking about the possibility of new music last year, the band said last year that they would “never say never.”

“At the moment we’re just in a room playing the old tunes,” guitarist Jez Williams told Radio X‘s Gordan Smart. “We’re hoping the waters are right, the planets are aligned and we get that right vibe and you never say never, but at the moment we’re just concentrating on playing the tunes.”

In an interview with Q Magazine this month, however, the band revealed that they were in fact writing and recording new music again. “Unofficially, we’ve started writing. And it’s really, really good…they are all really, really fucking good Doves songs.”

Doves will be supporting Noel Gallagher at Manchester’s Heaton Park on Friday June 7. Any remaining tickets for the gig are available here.

Setlist
Firesuite (instrumental)
Snowden
Rise
Black and White Town
Sea Song
Kingdom of Rust
Pounding
Last Broadcast
Winter Hill
10:03
Caught by the River

Encore:
The Cedar Room
There Goes The Fear