Reformed shoegaze band Ride play first concert in 20 years

The reformed group played an acoustic set at London's 100 Club last night (February 19) for War Child

Ride made their live return last night (February 19) at London’s 100 Club as part of a series of intimate gigs for War Child’s Passport Back To The Bars series.

Mark Gardener and Andy Bell of the group played an hour long acoustic set with bassist Steve Queralt and drummer Loz Colbert in the audience, reports Rolling Stone.

The reformed band’s first set in 20 years included ‘Like a Daydream’, ‘Twisterella’, ‘Polar Bear’ and ‘In a Different Place’. Scroll down for a full setlist and crowd-shot footage of the pair playing ‘Vapour Trail’. During the show, Bell thanked the crowd for “keeping this music alive for the last 20 years” while Gardner said: “I can’t wait to plug in an electric guitar.”

Ride played:

‘Polar Bear’
‘In a Different Place’
‘Like a Daydream’
‘Tongue Tied’
‘Chrome Waves’
‘From Time to Time’
‘Only Now’
‘Dreams Burn Down’
‘Vapour Trail’
‘Drive Blind’
‘Chelsea Girl’

Following an appearance at Coachella in California in April, the full band version of Ride will tour the UK in May and also make festival appearances at Primavera Sound in Barcelona on May 29 and London’s Field Day on June 7. Last year Ride’s Andy Bell told NME: “It’s going to be really cool. As we were all still friends, we always thought when the time was right we’d do it. And now the time is right.”

“People bought our records first time round,” frontman Mark Gardener added, “but our music has grown in significance since we’ve been away… We want to give the people what they want. We’d be idiots to go out and play a new album, but that’s not to say we wouldn’t make new music.”

Gardener confirmed that while “there are no plans as such” for a new LP, he’s “sure there will be writing because that’s what undoubtedly happen when we rehearse”.

Ride formed in Oxford in 1988, releasing four albums – ‘Nowhere’ (1990), ‘Going Blank Again’ (1992), ‘Carnival Of Light’ (1994) and ‘Tarantula’ (1996) – before their split in 1996. They reformed briefly in 2001 for a Channel 4 documentary and ‘Best Of’ release.

Bell was a member of Beady Eye with Liam Gallagher until the band’s recent split.

Ride will play:

Glasgow Barrowland (May 22)
Manchester Albert Hall (23)
London Roundhouse (24)
Amsterdam Paradiso (26)
Paris Olympia (27)
Barcelona Primavera Festival (29)
Toronto DanForth Music Hall (June 2)
New York Terminal 5 (4)
London Field Day (7)