Saturday 27 October
East London art-rockers Bloc Party performed at the Roundhouse along with the Exmoor Singers, a London based choir, who sang specially created choral arrangements by composer Avshalom Caspi.
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- Song for Clay
- Waiting for the 7:18
- Where Is Home?
- Price of Gasoline
- This Modern Love
- The Prayer
- The Pioneers
Minute by minute report, via text message, by the BBC's Matt Humphreys.
- 21.07 - Bloc Party are joined by a choir! 'Song for Clay' is perfect.
- 21.08 - The Roundhouse is packed. Must be the youngest, best dressed crowd of the week.
- 21.11 - 'Waiting for the 7.18' sounds monumental with the choir. The mosh pit is heaving. Kele has declared it a special night.
- 21.13 - Kele sings accapella on the intro to 'Where Is Home' and the crowd join in.
- 21.16 - Some lads are havin' it at the front throwing each other around. What would their mum's think. I suppose they might like the choir bits.
- 21.18 - Kele quietens the crowd for the choir intro to 'Banquet' and out comes everyones camera phones.
- 21.22 - Looking down from the balcony legs and arms are flying everywhere.
- 21.23 - 'Banquet' was special. Kele checks the crowd are still into it.
- 21.26 - 'Kreuzberg' gets a rare live outing. The 'bloc heads' still know all the words.
- 21.28 - Kele narrowly avoids being hit by a green flash trainer!
- 21.31 - Russell's guitar leads hand claps on the intro to 'uniform'.
- 21.34 - Kele plays guitar with his teeth. Ace. The choir take 'Uniform' to another level like this was the way it was always intended to be heard.
- 21.37 - Kele: "This isn't as nerve wrecking as I thought". He suggests taking the choir on tour.
- 21.40 - 'Price of Gasoline' proves a favourite from the band's debut. Russell cranks up the squealing guitars.
- 21.44 - Kele shows off his doctor's note for his bad throat! He shouldn't be playing so he dedicates 'This Modern Love' to his worried mum watching at home.
- 21.49 - 'The Prayer' sounds huge, but the crowd are a bit suprised to see the band leave the stage. The roadies bring out some chairs.
- 21.55 - They're back, but just Kele and Russell to play an acoustic version of 'Sunday'. Unusual to see them sat down!
- 21.58 - Kele gets fidgetey and moves down to the front row and a few lucy fans get him singing the track to them.
- 22.01 - Matt and Gordon come back on stage. Kele finds a credit card thrown on the stage. Matt puts it in his back pocket. Call the cops!
- 22.06 - New single 'Flux' is greeted like an old favourite.
- 22.10 - Matt is off drum duties as 'SRXT' begins and gets more hand clapping going, they love a bit of that.
- 22.13 - Screams of delight as they start up 'Helicopter', and the venue erupts.
- 22.18 - Kele ushers the band off stage, the crowd's foot stomping says they want more.
- 21.23 - Back for an encore and Kele is asking for help on vocals. The man has ignored doctor's orders so it only seems polite. 'The Pioneers' builds and builds...
- 22.24 - The band join arms and take a bow. They said that was that the best London crowd they'd played to in a long time. That was the best I've seen them.
- 22.25 - The lights go up and the grease soundtrack plays over the speakers. Random.
websites and links
also at bbc electric proms
- Performed alongside Bloc Party