Watch Foals debut new material at intimate Manchester gig

Epic.

Foals made their hugely anticipated live return last night with an intimate show at Manchester’s Gorilla.

The performance at the 700 capacity venue marked the beginning of a small UK tour that takes place this week in support of ‘Everything Is Lost: Part 1’ – which is set for release on Friday.

After opening with the live debut of new track ‘On The Luna’, the band then segued straight back to ‘Mountain From My Gates’ – from 2015’s ‘What Went Down.’

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FOALS@MANCHESTER

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Other songs to receive their live debut included lead single ‘Exits’ and the yet-to-be-released ‘Syrups’, ‘In Degrees’ and ‘White Onions.’

While the show marked their first full UK performance since 2017, it also seems that frontman Yannis hasn’t lost any of his formidable energy. Footage posted on Instagram shows him scaling an upper balcony at the venue, before climbing onto the bar below.

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Foals played

On The Luna
Mountain At My Gates
Exits (live debut)
My Number
Black Gold
Spanish Sahara
Syrups (world debut)
Red Socks Pugie
Sunday (live debut)
In Degrees (world debut)
Late Night
Providence
Inhaler

ENCORE
White Onions (world debut)
What Went Down
Two Steps, Twice.

This week, NME Radio will also be hosting a playback of Foals‘ new album ‘Everything Not Saved Will Be Lost Part 1’ – complete with an exclusive interview of the band’s thoughts on each track.

NME sat down with frontman Yannis Philippakis and guitarist Jimmy Smith to get the lowdown on the origins, inspiration and evolution of each song on their forthcoming fifth album – the first of two records coming in 2019, and one that takes in Balearic beats, sci-fi synths, prog rock riffs and a touch of the cinematic to reflect “this post-millennial dread that everyone’s swimming in”.

To hear the album first along with the band’s own insight, tune into NME 1 at 00.01am on Friday March 8.

It will then be replayed at 6pm on NME 2 on Sunday March 10. Click here to find out more about how you can listen to NME Radio.