Chloe and Jon from the wonderful London based promoters Eat Your Own Ears run us through their favourite shows of 2017 and tell us what they’re looking forward to in 2018.
The xx – 7 Nights @ O2 Academy Brixton, March 2017
Jamie, Romi and Oliver – who had at the time had not released an album in five years – sold out a record breaking seven nights at O2 Academy Brixton with an unfathomable air of ease. The carefully curated residency entitled ‘Day + Night’, included workshops, takeovers, club nights, cinema screenings, radio shows, and an impeccable selection of supports (Cat Power? Sampha? Floating Points?). It felt like the entire city, if not the country was buzzing from The xx and and the energy of these events. Outstanding.
Arca @ The Roundhouse, April 2017
Arca’s triumphant Roundhouse show was a lesson in the importance of self expression, and one of the most groundbreaking and interesting things we witnessed this year. With Jesse Kanda on the videos, visuals and artwork, this was an intense realisation of his latest album, leaving a stunned audience discussing the gig long into the evening. With this show Arca proved himself to be far more than a “Bjork, FKA Twigs, Kanye collaborator’ as he is continually referred to and an exceptional headliner in his very own right. We can’t wait to see what he does next.
RIDE @ O2 Forum, November 2017
RIDE are one of a rare breed of band who have come back sounding better than ever before. Off the back of new Erol Album produced album ‘Weather Diaries’ the audience at a packed out O2 Forum Kentish Town eagerly awaited their return and they completely delivered. Andy Bells steady riffing steers the band through a set where old favourites like ‘Seagull’, ‘Vapour Trail’ and ‘Twisterella’ still sound as fresh against new highlights ‘Lateral Alice’, ‘All I Want’. Once ‘Leave Them All Behind’ rang out loud, they proved this is exactly what this band continue to do.
King Krule – 2 Nights @ KOKO, November 2017
After a surprise show at the tiny ‘DIY Space for London’, two sold out nights at prestigious KOKO felt right for the return of Archy Marshall. After the release of new album The Ooz had been lauded as the most richest and most immersive album the London singer-songwriter has made yet and received rave reviews across the board, his return to the stage was perfectly timed to enjoy the new sounds of The Ooz. And the crowd at KOKO were captivated.
The Horrors @ KOKO, October 2017
The sold out show at Koko in October showcased the Horrors as a band that not only gets better with with age, but one that are at the peak of their powers. After their latest long player ‘V’ received rave reviews, the beautiful surroundings of Koko seemed like the almost too much of an intimate setting to be lucky enough to catch them in live. The Horrors have always forged their own path and were on a mission to tell their story by including a selection tracks from three of their previous albums in this set. By the time their recent single ‘Something To Remember Me By’ filled the venue and brought the incredible show to an end, we were left wondering why they aren’t mainstays of the airwaves and arenas. If you get the chance, then don’t miss them next time they tour, a truly awesome live band.
A selection of gigs we’re looking forward to in 2018…
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