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Wednesday 24 October

New York foursome, Battles proved why the hype about them is warranted with a show filled with high cymbal energy in support of Editors.


Sorry we were only able to keep performance videos online for a week after the festival.

on the bbc

Radio 1
  • Radio 1
  • Radio 1 hosted Battles at KOKO in support of Editors.

what happened

Minute by minute, via text message, by the BBC's James Cowdery

  1. 19.12 - Inside! Apparently, KOKO sold out before Battles were even added to the bill. How will these Editors fans take to Battles' abstract groove?
  2. 19.23 - The stage is set. It's got to be Battles' gear. There's a solitary crash cymbal poking up like a bashful sunflower.
  3. 19.38 - Radio 1's Nihal introduces the band... No smoking or farting apparently. And smoky farts are right out. Battles wander onstage... They don't seem in a hurry to start. Come on... Let's (math) rock!
  4. 19.43 - First cymbal action! John Stanier is pounding that baby even though it's in the next room. Go Battles!

audience reviews

Experienced Battles live at Leeds Carling Festival this summer... ha ha ha... danced like a lunatic with my brother... went and bought CD 'Mirrored' a couple of weeks later. Wish people wouldn't use terms like Math and Prog: though '21st Century Yes' isn't that far off the mark. Battles make a glorious, bonkers racket. Dance to it, laugh at it, above all enjoy it, just don't pigeonhole it!

Andy L
Battles. Amazing. Like a 21st century Yes. Better than on vinyl/cd. Some question why they're signed to the Warp label as they're not a typical Warp act. But what other label would have the vision to sign this band. Sadly they're likely to remain on the fringes of popular music, but that's our fault not theirs.

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  • Performed alongside Battles:
  • Editors

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