Watch IDLES give ‘CRAWLER’ songs their live debut as they kick off UK tour

The tour was rescheduled from last May

IDLES kicked off their headline tour of England and Scotland last night (January 16) with the first of four shows at Brixton Academy, where they gave tracks from ‘CRAWLER’ their live debut.

The tour was originally meant to take place last May but was rescheduled to January due to coronavirus. During that time, the band released fourth album ‘CRAWLER’.

Last night, IDLES opened with ‘MTT 420 RR’ and played 7 other songs from 2021’s ‘CRAWLER’ during the 90-minute-set alongside a handful of cuts from 2018’s ‘Joy As An Act Of Resistance’, 2020’s ‘Ultra Mono’ and 2017’s debut album ‘Brutalism’.


During the show, they also gave ‘CRAWLER’ tracks ‘Crawl!’ and ‘The End’ their live debuts – check out footage below.


IDLES played:

‘MTT 420 RR’
‘The Wheel’
‘Mr. Motivator’
‘When The Lights Come On’
‘Divide And Conquer’
‘The Beachland Ballroom’
‘Never Fight A Man With A Perm’
‘1049 Gotho’
‘I’m Scum’
‘Danny Nedelko’
‘The End’

Speaking to NME during their American headline tour last year, guitarist Mark Bowen said: “Now we’ve had the opportunity to play ‘Ultra Mono’ live, those songs are really coming to life. All those songs really make sense now. The idea of ‘Ultra Mono’ was to make this zenith of IDLES so we could then burn it and move on.”

Before the tour kicked off, the band were forced to postpone shows in Ireland and Wales because of their stricter COVID restrictions. However, shows across England and Scotland are still going ahead. Check out the dates below.

16 – London, O2 Academy Brixton
17 – London, O2 Academy Brixton
18 – London, O2 Academy Brixton
19 – London, O2 Academy Brixton
22 – Birmingham, O2 Academy
28 – Manchester, O2 Victoria Warehouse
29 – Manchester, O2 Victoria Warehouse
30 – Manchester, O2 Victoria Warehouse

1 – Sheffield, O2 Academy
2 – Newcastle, O2 City Hall
3 – Glasgow, Barrowland
4 – Glasgow, Barrowland
5 – Glasgow, Barrowland