Elbow explode back to live action

The band preview forthcoming new album during Carling Weekend: Reading Festival set…

ELBOW have blasted back into live action, by previewing tracks from their forthcoming third album this afternoon (August 26) during their main stage appearance at the CARLING WEEKEND: READING FESTIVAL.

The band heralded their return by exploding two confetti cannons mid-way through their slot, covering the audience in specially monogrammed paper bearing the name of new album ’Leaders Of The Free World’.

Musically, the band were explosive too, with singer Guy Garvey admitting the band had been itching to get back into the live arena after spending most of this year recording at home in Manchester.

“This is really the first thing we’ve done since the album, we supported Coldplay in Bolton but everyone was there to see them,” Garvey told NME.COM. “We were probably long enough to be in the room recording and long enough being at home to really fancy having a look at what else is happening.”

The band previewed three new tracks from their album, ’Station Approach’, ’Forget Myself’ and ’Leaders Of The Free World’.

Garvey added that he was pleased the band were making their return at Carling Weekend: Reading Festival as it has been a significant stepping stone in Elbow’s career.

“It’s a bit of a bench mark for us,” he explained. “There’s been great years and bad years. First time we played was the day we got our first record deal, second time we’d lost literally that day, and the next time we found out we’d been nominated for the Mercury Prize so that was pretty cool. This time we were on the main stage, it’s nice for us.”

The band made full use of the bigger stage, asking the audience to take part in a bizarre crouching Mexican Wave so they could used the footage in a forthcoming video. “Everyone feels comfortable being in our next video don’t you,” Garvey asked the crowd before he then got them to point at the sky and yell for the film.

The band played the following set:

‘Station Approach’

‘Fallen Angel’



‘Fugitive Motel’

‘Leaders of the Free World’

‘Forget Myself’

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