Hot Chip perform three new songs at the second night of the 6 Music Festival

Royal Blood, The Cribs, Django Django and Jungle also perform

Hot Chip played three tracks from forthcoming sixth album ‘Why Make Sense?’ during their headline set for the 6 Music Festival in Tyneside last night (21 February). The band’s performance the previous night in Birmingham had been their first performance in eighteen months.

They were introduced at the Sage in Gateshead by 6 Music DJ Nemone, who had been in conversation with Joe Goddard and Al Doyle from the band earlier in the day at The Cluny in Newcastle.

Speaking to Nemone, Al revealed that ‘Why Make Sense?’ was almost a double-album but they checked themselves for being ‘indulgent’. Instead fans can now expect ten songs plus an extra EP on the way.

Joe commented that most of the songs on the album took only three or four days to write. “we try to work really quickly so we don’t work the life and soul out of it,” he said. The album is due for release in May.

Hot Chip opened with ‘Don’t Deny Your Heart’ from their last album ‘In Our Heads’, released in 2012. The band continued with a set spanning their decade-long career so far. The new tracks played were ‘Love Is the Future’, their current single ‘Huarache Lights’ and the title-track ‘Why Make Sense?’ which brought the night to a close.

Hot Chip played:

‘Don’t Deny Your Heart’
‘One Life Stand’
‘Night And Day’
‘Boy From School’
‘Love Is The Future’
‘Over And Over’
‘Huarache Lights’
‘Ready For The Floor’
‘I Feel Better’
‘Why Make Sense?’

Royal Blood preceded Hot Chip in Hall 1 at the Sage. 6 Music’s Steve Lamacq described the Brighton duo as “dramatic, emphatic, powerful, intense” as he welcomed them.

The band launched into ‘Come On Over’ and played a set consisting of tracks from last year’s critically-acclaimed self-titled debut album. Before ‘Little Monsters’, singer and bassist Mike Kerr turned to drummer Ben Thatcher to ask, “You ready Ben? Check this shit out”.

Following ‘Loose Change’, Kerr wished the crowd “Merry Christmas” and Thatcher stood on his drum-kit before throwing himself into the crowd, leaving his partner to continue playing solo before returned for the last song ‘Out Of The Black’.

In conversation with Steve Lamacq earlier in the day, Kerr spoke of their plans to spend all of May putting together ideas for new songs recorded on their iPhones.

Royal Blood played:

‘Come On Over’
‘You Can Be So Cruel’
‘Figure It Out’
‘Better Strangers’
‘Little Monsters’
‘Ten Tonne Skeleton’
‘Loose Change’
‘Out Of The Black’

The Cribs brought new material to their headline performance in Hall 2 at the Sage. New tracks played included ‘An Ivory Hand’, ‘Different Angle’, ‘Pink Snow’ and ‘Burning for No One’. They are preparing to release their sixth album ‘For All My Sisters’ on the 23 March.

Playing before The Cribs, Django Django performed new track ‘First Light’ from their forthcoming second album ‘Born Under Saturn’, which is due for release in May. The rest of the set consisted of music from their 2012 self-titled debut album. They finished with ‘WOR’.

Jungle also performed in the Concourse at the Sage, performing tracks from their Mercury-nominated debut album.

6 Music Festival continues in Tyneside today with The Maccabees, Jamie T and Unknown Mortal Orchestra on the line-up.