Photo credit: Lindsay Melbourne
Today, IDLES have shared a new live version of ‘GREAT’, which is taken from their highly-anticipated first-ever live album ‘A Beautiful Thing: IDLES Live at Le Bataclan’ which is out today on Partisan Records.
The limited double LP edition is available across three different colours, each with their own individual artwork. All are housed in deluxe gatefold packaging, and each contain a booklet designed by Joe, featuring photographs from the show and a selection of poetry.
“A Beautiful Thing: IDLES Live at Le Bataclan” is also be available to buy on CD and as a download.
The album marks the end of a remarkable year for the band, which included a recent Mercury Prize nomination (and incendiary televised performance) for their critically acclaimed second album “Joy as an Act of Resistance”, a top 5 official UK album chart position, an Ivor Novello award for ‘Best Album’, a breathtaking Glastonbury performance, a completely individual appearance on Later With… Jools Holland and a number of sold out tours across the world.
IDLES were also recently chosen for Apple’s ongoing Shot On iPhone campaign, with billboards up now across the globe.
Speaking about the live album and its contents, vocalist Joe Talbot says, “Our show at Bataclan was the end of a very long journey for us. On that tour we learnt so much about ourselves, each other and the audiences we have grown with over the past 10 years. That show was nothing short of catharsis and nothing more than love. We love what we do and the people who have carried us here, there was no hiding that at Bataclan and we are so very grateful that the moment was captured in all its glory, love and fatigue. Long live the open minded and long live the moment.”
HEAR/SHARE ‘GREAT (LIVE AT LE BATACLAN)’ HERE
Speaking about the track and the album, guitarist Mark Bowen also says,
“Show #162,378 of 2018. The final show of the first Joy as an Act of Resistance tour. We love playing live, every show, but there is a lot of bullshit that comes with touring so rigorously.
There was an impending sense of freedom in the room. That night was catharsis in a bottle, a rage and camaraderie that can only be obtained by spending 3 and a 1/2 months on a bus/van with 8 other people you have already spent way too much time with. That can only be obtained by the presence of a receptive, understanding and respectful audience. That night felt as if everyone in that room was in it together. We had created something needed on that tour, by the 5 of us, our crew, anyone in that room that night or any other on the tour. We need, as much as any others, to repeat the simple mantras from our songs to help us work through the dark and get better. Love Yourself, love yourself, LOVE YOURSELF.”
IDLES are currently nearing the end of a sold out tour across the UK to celebrate the band’s recent string of achievements – including their biggest headlining date yet tomorrow night at London’s Alexandra Palace. All five dates went on to sell out within the first 24 hours and are the first shows to feature new material from an as-yet-untitled new album set for 2020.
Mon 2 Dec Glasgow, Barrowland Ballroom SOLD OUT
Tue 3 Dec Glasgow, Barrowland Ballroom SOLD OUT
Wed 4 Dec Manchester, Academy SOLD OUT
Thu 5 Dec Leeds, O2 Academy SOLD OUT
Sat 7 Dec London, Alexandra Palace SOLD OUT
‘A Beautiful Thing: IDLES Live at Le Bataclan’ is out now via Partisan Records.