Even for a band that is by now pretty experienced at playing big crowds, this particular headline gig must have felt pretty special for Manchester-based Everything Everything.
Part of the Summer Series set of gigs at the famous London landmark, these nights are less about numbers – although the space does fit a not-too-shabby 3,000 – but more about the beautiful and atmospheric surroundings, and EE really brought the party. Their set was particularly strong, kicking off with To The Blade and Blast Doors from latest album Get To Heaven, before going on to the sublime Kemosabe.
But as well as plenty of the more recent material – including Regret, Fortune 500 and album title track Get To Heaven – there was some golden oldies for the fans to enjoy. Schoolin’ and MY KZ UR BF sounded great, and there was a rare outing for Tin (The Manhole) from 2010 debut album Man Alive as well as Suffragette Suffragette and, sounding as good as ever, they even included NASA Is On Your Side as the first of three encore tracks.
As a fully paid-up obsessive fan of this band, I hate to admit that this wasn’t as good as I have heard them. Frontman Jonathan Higgs was clearly battling with his voice a little, and there were even a few – very rare – stray notes from Alex Robertshaw on guitar. Even so, none of this did much to detract from what was a very special show from a band that have come a long way over the past six years or so both in terms of material and live performance. They wrapped up on an absolute high with biggest hit Distant Past, a track that sums up their unique blend of musical styles that shouldn’t really work… but most certainly does.