Damon Albarn’s band play festive fan show

Four-piece perform some of their album tracks twice

Damon Albarn‘s new band played a special festive fan show at an old music hall in London last night (December 12).

Only 300 fans were lucky enough to get into the one-off gig at Wilton‘s Music Hall after taking part in a MySpace competition.

The eventful show, which was compered by Harry Enfield‘s butler character Mr Cholmondeley-Warner, featured a series of circus acts in the build up including magicians, contortionists and support act Indigo Moss.

The gig was only the four-piece’s second major public performance after their BBC Electric Proms show at the Camden Roundhouse last month.

As with their previous show, the band, which includes Paul Simonon of The Clash, guitarist Simon Tong of The Verve and Gorillaz, and Fela Kuti drummer Tony Allen, played their debut album ‘The Good The Bad And The Queen’ in its entirety.

Only this time they performed two of the LP’s songs twice.

Following forthcoming single ‘Kingdom Of Doom’, Albarn shouted to the audience: “That felt good. I think I wanna sing that again. What d’you reckon?” before he was greeted with massive cheers for a second rendition.

Later, Albarn took in requests from the audience for the final track. But he was unable to decide what to play so after a quiet word in his ear from Enfield, he settled for ‘Three Changes’ again.

As well as songs from their album the band also performed ‘Mr Whippy’, the B-side off recent single ‘Herculean’, which featured guest vocalist Eslaam Jawaad.

As Albarn drew the show to a close he said: “I wanted to create something with a bit of a Christmas atmosphere tonight. Happy Christmas. I hope you have a good time.”

The complete setlist was:

‘History Song’

’80s Life’

‘Northern Whale’

‘Kingdom Of Doom’

‘Kingdom Of Doom’


‘Behind the Sun’

‘Mr Whippy’

‘The Bunting Song’

‘Nature Springs’

‘A Soldier’s Tale’

‘Three Changes’

‘Green Fields’

‘The Good, The Bad and The Queen’

‘Three Changes’