The Enemy’s Tom Clarke covers Blur and Oasis at secret Manchester gig

Frontman sips tea and munches on homemade cake at the show

The Enemy’s Tom Clarke played a secret gig yesterday afternoon (March 21) in Manchester.

The singer played a range of covers during his set, and you can watch his version of Oasis‘Half The World Away’ (interspersed with snippets of Inspiral Carpets‘This Is How It Feels’) by scrolling down now.

Playing Manchester‘s regular Saturday tea party at the TV21 venue, the free gig was a civilised affair with audience members offered homemade cakes and tea in China cups.

Hosted by Inspiral Carpets organist Clint Boon and his wife Charlie, the tiny room was filled to capacity for the short set that included tracks from The Enemy‘s debut album.

Featuring former singles ‘We’ll Live And Die In These Towns’ and ‘You’re Not Alone’, the short set also included a cover of Blur‘s ‘Tender’.

Talking to NME.COM before the show, Clarke revealed why he and his bandmates decided to play their ‘secret’ tour of the UK recently.

“We get a massive buzz out of it, like when we first started out. When you’re doing pub gigs and little things like this, it’s just you, the mic and then the person in the front row and it’s proper intimate,” he explained.

“When you can see into someone’s eyes when you’re singing it’s amazing. Although there is a lot to be said for massive venues, ultimately these types of gigs are what I get off on the most.”

In Manchester to play two sold out nights at the Academy and accompanied by bandmate Andy Hopkins, the duo still found time to sign autographs for fans at TV21 – as well as sample some of Charlie Boon‘s homemade cakes. They then headed off to soundcheck at the Academy.

The Enemy played:

‘We’ll Live And Die In These Towns’
‘You’re Not Alone’
‘Half The World Away/This Is How It Feels’

Watch fan footage of ‘Half The World Away’/‘This Is How It Feels’ from the show below.