Foals play first of two shows in one day at Royal Albert Hall

The Oxford band will round off their tour with a second headline performance tonight

Foals headlined London’s Royal Albert Hall this afternoon (March 28) with a matinee show ahead of their second gig at the venue later this evening.

Taking to the stage on his own, guitarist Jimmy Smith opened up the show, plucking out the opening bars of ‘Prelude’. Smith was then joined by his four bandmates and a percussionist, with drummer Jack Bevan standing atop his kit wearing a T-shirt emblazoned with the phrase ‘I’m doing work’.

Following the track – taken from their Top 10 album ‘Holy Fire’ – frontman Yannis Philippakis addressed the crowd, declaring that it was “an absolute honour” to be performing at the venue and thanking them for attending.

The quintet then smashed through older favourites ‘Total Life Forever’ and ‘Miami’, as well as recent single ‘My Number’ – which received huge cheers from the sold out crowd. For ‘Bad Habit’ Smith changed instruments to play Rhodes piano, whilst ‘Blue Blood’ and ‘Milk and Black Spiders’ were also played early in the set – the latter being introduced by Philippakis as “This ones called ‘Milk and Black Spiders’. It’s a song about milk and black spiders.”

‘Late Night’ was introduced by the singer stating that the song was about “a boy who dreamed of going to LA on a Concorde and became the last rotten cowboy in his town”, whilst heavy album track ‘Providence’ was dedicated to “all the afternoon drinkers and early starters”. Leaving the stage mid-song to make his way up through the seats and along the boxes, Philippakis was greeted by an array of fans scrabbling to touch him and take photos.

Following a laser-lit ‘Spanish Sahara’, Foals finished up the main body of their set with old favourite ‘Red Sox Pugie’ and a riotous ‘Electric Bloom’, which saw the singer stage-dive and get dragged down into the crowd for several minutes.

The band re-appeared for a three-song encore. Kicking off with album closer ‘Moon’, backed by projections of a planet, the band began in an introverted fashion before gee-ing the crowd up for the afternoon’s closing tracks. Addressing the pit and repeatedly questioning “Are you ready?”, Foals then kicked into ‘Inhaler’, with huge mosh pits forming throughout, before finishing the gig with regular set-closer ‘Two Steps, Twice’.

Speaking after the gig, the crowd were on excitable form, with Anna, 28, declaring it “the best gig [I’ve] seen all year” and Mark, 19, saying that Foals were his favourite band and that “‘Inhaler’ was nuts – Yannis is a fucking incredible frontman”.

Foals have recently announced a series of summer festival dates, taking in Glastonbury, Reading and Leeds and a headline slot at Latitude.

Foals played:

‘Total Life Forever’
‘My Number’
‘Bad Habit’
‘Blue Blood’
‘Milk and Black Spiders’
‘Late Night’
‘Spanish Sahara’
‘Red Sox Pugie’
‘Electric Bloom’
‘Two Steps Twice’