29th January | Rough Trade

Photo: Holly Whitaker

It’s almost unheard-of that an up-and-coming band are pretty much untraceable on social media. In an age where recommended music is thrown towards your ears across multiple platforms, Black Midi are an outfit for whom word of mouth alone has made them a sell-out act.

The band have been able to generate an organic stir without a reliance upon releasing their music, nor having hefty PR behind them. For a band who are still in their infancy, the Brit School four-piece’s live sets are becoming notorious for being mesmerising experiences, made even more poignant by the rarity of their sets. They have hardly any solidified, public-facing material. Their performances are said to be ever-evolving. Their noise-rock originality predominates, yet their journey is just beginning.

From what we can gather, a debut album is in the works. The rest remains illusive. This sold-out set at Rough Trade comes with a huge sense of anticipation. One of the UK’s most sought-after bands will be touching down in Bristol. Brought by 1% of One, with Jerskin Fendrix in for support, a blast of Black Midi is an ideal way to round off January.

See them play ‘bmbmbm’ live on KEXP here:

Thanks to Holly Whitaker for the featured image. See more of her work on Instagram (@hollyemmw) and/or her website (holly-whitaker.com).