Mystery Jets cause riot in Mexico

'They're quite obsessive down there,' says Blaine Harrison

Mystery Jets caused a riot in Mexico when playing their first-ever gigs in the country last week.

The London-based band said they were unaware they had such a devoted fan base in the Latin American country until they arrived there.

“We didn’t know what to expect because none of us had ever been there,” frontman Blaine Harrison told NME.COM. “But we had a really good turn out for our shows. We also played a live radio station gig in Mexico City that turned into a bit of a riot,” he said, explaining that fans who had bought tickets for previous cancelled shows turned en masse up to see them perform.

“People had scanned our photos from the internet and put them on their T-shirts,” Harrison said. “They’re quite obsessive down there.”

He also said that the band performed at the MX Beat Festival in Guadalajara, and didn’t realize that they were the main headliners until they arrived onsite.

“We turned up and it turned out we were headlining above Cat Power!” Harrison said. “We freaked out and we were like, wooh, there are too many people. But people knew all the lyrics, and they’ve invited us back to do two more festivals in Mexico in mid-March.”

Meanwhile, the band are gearing up for a show at New York’s Bowery Ballroom tonight (February 24), before heading back to London to return to work on their forthcoming album.

–By our Los Angeles staff.

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