Slowdive played their first gig in almost 20 years last night (May 18) at London’s Hoxton Square Bar & Kitchen.
The shoegaze band were surprise guests at the Sonic Cathedral label’s 10th anniversary, playing a 13-song set ahead of their first official gig back, which takes place tonight (May 19) at London’s Village Underground venue. The original line-up – comprising of Neil Halstead, Rachel Goswell, Christian Savill, Simon Scott and Nick Chaplin – played their cover of Syd Barrett’s ‘Golden Hair’ live for the very first time, as well as treating the crowd to the live debuts of ‘Crazy For You’ and ‘Blue Skied an’ Clear’ from their last album, 1995’s ‘Pygmalion’. They also played tracks from their 1991 debut LP ‘Just for a Day’ and 1993’s ‘Souvlaki’.
Slowdive will also play Primavera Sound Festival in Barcelona later this month, as well as a host of other European festivals, returning to UK for Latitude on July 18, following that with Asian and North American dates, including an appearance on the FYF Festival bill in Los Angeles on August 23.
In an interview with the Quietus earlier this year, Halstead spoke about the thrill of reforming the band, and hinted at the possibility of recording some new material. “I’m super excited. We had our first rehearsal last week, which was fun. We were surprisingly good. Quite a few of the songs came back quickly,” he admitted.
He added: “The initial impetus was the idea of doing some new music. It seemed easier to do that because it’s not so public. But then we thought it would be good if we could raise a bit of money to make the record, and doing a couple of gigs would enable us to do that. And that’s the way it shaped up – while we’re rehearsing we can see if we’ve got another record in us.”
‘Catch the Breeze’
‘Crazy for You’
‘Blue Skied an’ Clear’
‘Souvlaki Space Station’
‘When the Sun Hits’