Sleater-Kinney return to the UK for opening night of BBC 6 Music Festival

The War On Drugs, Interpol and Mogwai also perform as joint-headliners

Sleater-Kinney played their first U.K. show in almost a decade as the three-day 6 Music Festival began last night (February 20) in Tyneside at the O2 Academy Newcastle.

Corin Tucker, Carrie Brownstein and Janet Weiss were introduced to the stage by 6 Music DJ Nemone who said, “it’s an enormous pleasure to welcome these girls” and joked that they were enjoying the English weather as it had been minus 20 in Chicago just three days earlier.

Following The War On Drugs, who played an opening set consisting of four tracks from their third album ‘Lost In The Dream’, Sleater-Kinney began proceedings with ‘Price Tag’ and ‘Fangless’, the opening tracks from their recently released eighth studio album ‘No Cities To Love’. Before launching into ‘Get Up’ from their 1999 album ‘The Hot Rock’, Brownstein addressed the crowd to say “we hope you’re ready cos we are – so here we go!”

The band played a set that also included ‘One Beat’ from their 2002 album of the same name, as well as three songs from ‘The Woods’ – the last album they released before their hiatus to focus on solo projects in 2005.

“We are in the middle of touring our record ‘No Cities To Love’ in America – but we wanted to come here and play for you today,” Tucker announced.

‘Entertain’ was the final song of the set and a track that speculators have suggested was originally written as a snide to Interpol, the following band on the 6 Music bill.

Sleater-Kinney played:

‘Price Tag’
‘Surface Envy’
‘A New Wave’
‘One Beat’
‘Bury Our Friends’
‘Modern Girl’
‘Dig Me Out’

New York City post-punks Interpol (pictured right) followed Sleater-Kinney on the line-up, after returning from a three year hiatus last year with their fifth album ‘El Pintor’.

Chris Hawkins and Shaun Keaveny welcomed the band to the stage, with Keaveny introducing them as “one of the great rock’n’roll bands of the past twenty years… even more famous than the international crime organisation they’re named after!”

Dressed in black, Interpol began with ‘Say Hello To The Angels’ from their 2002 debut LP ‘Turn On The Bright Lights’ and continued with a career-spanning set in front of a backdrop which included stormy seas, surfers and a cityscape.

Glasgow’s Mogwai were the final act brought onto the stage by Mary Anne Hobbs, closing 6 Music Festival’s opening night.

The tracks played spanned the band’s releases from ‘Mogwai Fear Satan’, taken from their debut album ‘Mogwai Young Team’ in 1997, up to ‘Teenage Exorcists’, released at the end of last year as one of the three brand new tracks from 2014’s ‘Rave Tape’ sessions. They were joined by Luke Sutherland on the violin for ‘Hunted By A Freak’ and on vocals for ‘Mexican Grand Prix’.

Towards the end of the set, Stuart Braithwaite said “I think the last time Interpol played before us was in a pub in New York in the 1990s”.