Fight mars Interpol’s Glastonbury warm-up show

Altercation doesn't prevent band hailing 'amazing' crowd at intimate London gig

A fight briefly marred the start of Interpol‘s warm-up show for Glastonbury, as the New Yorkers previewed three new songs at London’s Electric Ballroom last night (June 25).

As soon as the band came on stage, two men traded punches as they ran through the middle of the crowd. As other fans tried to move out of the way, venue security hurried to intervene, leading away the combatants, who looked to be in their mid-30s. Interpol were unaware of the altercation, as they continued to play opening song ‘Say Hello To The Angels’.

The band played a 75-minute show, predicted to be the same as their Glastonbury set, where they are due to appear at 7.15pm on the Other Stage on Friday. They are third on the bill, playing before Skrillex and Paolo Nutini.

Interpol previewed ‘My Desire’, ‘Anywhere’, and ‘All The Rage Back Home’, which will feature on their fifth album ‘El Pintor’, due for release on September 8. These are the same songs the trio premiered at the NME Awards Tour earlier this year. There were some changes to the NME Awards tour’s setlist, with ‘Barricade’ and ‘Leif Erikson’ returning at the expense of ‘The Heinrich Maneuver’ and ‘Take You On A Cruise’.

Playing under red neon spotlights in front of a backdrop of ‘El Pintor’‘s cover artwork of a woman’s clasped hands, singer Paul Banks was in an enthusiastic mood. Introducing touring bassist Brad Truax after ‘All The Rage Back Home’, Banks said: “Speaking of beautiful, I want to thank all you people for coming out tonight.” After final song ‘Obstacle 1’, Banks said: “Thank you, you guys are amazing.”

The self-produced ‘El Pintor’ will be Interpol’s first album since 2010’s self-titled disc, and is the first to feature Banks on bass, following the departure of founding bassist Carlos Dengler in 2010.

Interpol played:

‘Say Hello To The Angels’
‘My Desire’
‘Hands Away’
‘Not Even Jail’
‘Leif Erikson’
‘All The Rage Back Home’
‘Slow Hands’
‘Stella Was A Diver And She Was Always Down’
‘Obstacle 1’