I gotta rip up the road
On Monday night, Oxford-born rock band Foals took to Shepherd’s Bush Empire, London for a one-night-only show for War Child as a part of O2’s Brits Week.
Yannis Phillipakis + co. took to the stage for their first gig of the decade, bringing along Jagwar Ma’s Jack Freeman, replacing Everything Everything’s Jeremy Pritchard who joined their touring band at the start of last year. Though, he’ll be joining them again soon when Foals embark on their UK tour, supported by Everything Everything.
The set was opened by War Child CEO, Rob Williams, talking about just how long they’ve been working to get Foals on this stage, all it took was a measly 10 years and a million schedules aligning. He was joined by one of the many young people who has been helped by War Child’s work in conflict zones all over the world. Proceeds from the event have been donated to the charity.
Yannis Phillipakis and the rest of the Foals crew dominated the stage with a massive medley of hits, from 2008’s Antidotes to their double dose of albums in 2019, Everything Not Saved Will Be Lost Parts 1 & 2. Opening with ‘Red Desert’ and it’s blend into ‘The Runner’, Foals kicked off the night on a high and only rose higher.
The electrifying set included crowd favourite ‘My Number’, the first live performance of ‘Neptune’, a near 10-minutes wondrously out of this world calling for home stemming from a jam session (for a track that should be too mellow live, they sold it beyond belief), and Yannis shredding guitar on a bar whilst necking pints and launching them back into the crowd from whence they came.
The night ended with a ridiculous encore of ‘Black Bull’ straight into ‘What Went Down’, including Yannis literally screaming into the faces of the crowd, and their permanent final fixture, ‘Two Steps, Twice’.
As stated in their Amazon Prime touring documentary (a great watch), Yannis really is a tiny Greek cannonball of energy.
This show was a great start to the year for Foals, they truly earned their Best Live Act accolade at the NME Awards last week, as well as their first-ever Brit Award for Best Group, the acceptance for which saw them call for more gender diversity in nominations for the Brits.
If you missed out on this, Foals have announced a slew of dates for 2020 and are currently rumoured for Glastonbury 2020.
It’s Foals world and we’re just lucky enough to live in it.