Klaxons played their last-ever UK gig last night (November 4) in a sweaty and often emotional show at Shepherds Bush Empire.
After an eight-year career that took them from New Cross basement bars to duetting with Rihanna, supporting Blur and winning a Mercury Prize, lead singer Jamie Reynolds thanked fans, saying: “London, there’s no place like home. Thank you all so much.”
Klaxons announced their split 10 days ago, posting a message on their Twitter account saying: “After what’s been nearly 9 bananas years we’d like to let you know that we’ve decided the upcoming dates will be our last headline tour”.
The band played a greatest hits set, with material focused on their Mercury Prize-winning 2007 album ‘Myths Of The Near Future’. During ‘Golden Skans’ fistfuls of glo-sticks were thrown into the crowd from the upper balconies. They bowed out by playing ‘It’s Not Over Yet’, their cover of Grace’s 1995 dance hit.
Once notorious on the London party scene, the crowd was swelled by numerous famous faces: Keira Knightley, wife of keyboardist James Righton, James Murphy (LCD Soundsystem), James Ford (who produced their debut album), model Daisy Lowe, performance poet Kate Tempest, Angular Records founder Joe Daniel, Spector singer Fred Macpherson, Simian Mobile Disco’s Jas Shaw and comedian Harry Enfield (see below for an archive video of Enfield interviewing the band).
Their tour began on October 25 at Norwich Waterfront, and encompassed shows at Leeds Cockpit, Brighton Concorde 2 and Nottingham Rescue Rooms, among other moderately-sized venues.
Klaxons played their debut show at Soho’s St Moritz Club in January 2006, and released their debut single, ‘Gravity’s Rainbow’, in March 2006, on Angular Records.
Widely regarded as the fathers of new rave, Klaxons struggled to follow up their debut, with 2010’s much-delayed ‘Surfing The Void’ failing to replicate its predecessor’s success. The band had scrapped an entire album’s worth of material, some of which was later released as a free EP under the title ‘Landmarks Of Lunacy’. They released their third and final album this year, the house-focused ‘Love Frequencies’, produced by Erol Alkan, The Chemical Brothers’ Tom Rowland and LCD Soundsystem. It entered the UK charts at 38.
‘Atlantis To Interzone’
‘There Is No Other Time’
‘My Future Love Come With Me’
‘Show Me A Miracle’
‘Atom To Atom’
‘Four Horsemen Of 2012’
‘Children Of The Sun’
‘It’s Not Over Yet’