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Adulation and outrage as IDLES steal show on Later with Jools

Category : Artists

Aston mics’ favourite post punks IDLES caused a storm on last night’s Later with Jools Holland with a high-octane, irreverent performance of their single, Danny Nedelko.

Social media went into spasms with comments covering the entire spectrum from ‘Sex Pistols on Bill Grundy’ type outrage through to those, including the NME, who suspected they were watching rock’n’roll history in the making:

“IDLES’ reputation as an incomparable live act has been long-established, but last night they went one step further. Off the back of their Jools Holland appearance, they’ve made their bid for legendary status.” cooed the punk-rooted online mag.

The performance was, according to cult music site Louder Than War:

“A victory for music! A moment when the battle lines are drawn, a moment when something that is so full of vibrancy and life that it cannot be tamed or controlled, something just explodes into life on the TV amplifying its incandescent emotional rush and its purity.”

Jools, joining in on the ivories as usual, managed to maintain his cool as IDLES’ Lee Kiernan leapt on board the piano and writhed his way through a few bars, as the studio and TV audiences were treated to a full-on demonstration of the band’s energy. The BBC later tweeted:

“We're still putting the studio back together again after this incredible performance from the all-conquering @idlesband last night…”

The band took a break from extensive touring to make their debut appearance on the show, the first of Later’s series 53. They begin a series of UK dates on October 16th at SWX in their home town of Bristol and then, later in October, head across the Atlantic to unleash their live set in the USA.

The show-stealing performance is the latest chapter in a phenomenal year for the band, whose widely acclaimed second studio album Joy As An Act Of Resistance reached number 5 in the album charts earlier in the year.

The band use Aston Spirit mics on their guitar cabs and Starlights as drum overheads. Despite the BBC studio taking a right beating we understand the mics survived just fine…


Watch IDLES’ epic performance here:

And check out their tour schedule on their official site:



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