Live Review: Bloc Party @ Apple Store, Regents Street (10th October)

By on Saturday, 11th October 2008 at 1:36 am

Usually, instore gigs are quite fun, but a bit tame – the crowd are divided by stock and shelves, crammed in, and slightly peeved off by an incredibly short set. However, last night’s Bloc Party set at Regent Street’s Apple store was anything but tame. As part of the iTunes’ “Live from London”, Bloc Party played a full hour long set, blasting through 13 tracks and sharing banter with a crowd of competition winners and Apple employees.

“So, is everyone enjoying your black Friday?” smirked Bloc Party‘s Kele Okereke after opener One Month Off, “We certainly are!” It was all the more relevant when you considered that one of Iceland’s largest banks have their offices just above Apple’s flagship store.

Amazingly small and cozy, somehow Apple managed to fit 600 people into the back of their store, which whilst tight was amazingly special to see a band who has sold out Olympia twice play to such a small crowd, and we knew it. Drummer Matt Tong joked about the “different” surroundings by commenting in perfect in-store tannoy voice: “And next week you can catch Bloc Party in your local BHS!” to much amusement.

Mostly playing their new material from third album ‘Intimacy’ (“We do have a new album to promote!” joked Kele), many songs hadn’t been played live before, as shown by their nervousness before tracks like ‘Ares’ and ‘Ion Square’, but made it all the more raw.

As “Mercury”‘s chant swept around the gathered hordes, Kele took to the crowd, climbing over the theatre chairs, signing things as he went. Messy and sweaty, he joked “wow… sorry if I inappropriately exposed myself to anyone!”

Closing with old favourite “Helicopter”, I suddenly realised that the floor actually bounces – slightly scary, but at the same time worthwhile – any inhibitions were thrown out the window as everyone (even some security) started bouncing.

Enjoy a setlist and photos after the jump.

Bloc Party played:

One Month Off
Trojan Horse
Blue Light
Waiting for the 7:18
This Modern Love
Ion Square

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6 Responses

[…] Party played a free show last night at the Apple Store in London, England. ThereGoesTheFear was there and took some cool pics and has the setlist for the show. We’ll check to see if any […]

10:24 am
11th October 2008

Rubbish gig.

10:44 am
11th October 2008

Quality gig. Quality band

3:24 pm
11th October 2008

James, I have to disagree with you – it was an excellent gig in very strange surroundings.

A gig is what you make it hun. It’s all about your state of mind. I have a fantastically fun time with my peeps…;)

And yes Ian Bloc are a quality band with quality song!

Thanks soooooooooooo much for ION SQUARE. That was amazing!

2:22 pm
12th October 2008

I saw The Enemy play there last year. They convert the store well and the size of the place creates an amazing atmosphere.

Nice pictures mate. Looks like a belter of a gig.

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