The Maccabees play raucous iTunes festival gig

The band perform intimate London show

The Maccabees played a storming, intimate gig in London tonight (July 28).

The show was at the Institute of Contemporary Arts venue, as part of the iTunes festival.

The festival sees a gig a night happening at the venue throughout July.

Singer Orlando Weeks introduced ‘Good Old Bill’ by saying: “This song is about my granddad and a tract engine so this is a train,” speaking about drummer Robert Dylan Thomas‘s high hat effect.

A raucous version of ‘Precious Time’ led to a mass sin along from the crowd, resulting in Weeks holding the microphone stand into the audience and getting a fan to sing.

Afterwards Weeks said: “You can listen back to your voice and hate it as much as I do,” referring to the fact that iTunes were recording the gig for later release.

Following triumphant closer ‘First Love’, Weeks jumped on Thomas‘ back and left the stage.

The full setlist was:

‘Colour It In’


‘Good Old Bill’

‘All In Your Rows’


‘About Your Dress’

‘Diamond Solitaire’

‘Toothpaste Kisses’

‘Precious Time’

‘Tissue Shoulders’

‘X Ray’

‘First Love’

The band are set to play the Electric Gardens Festival in Kent next weekend (August 5).