28th June | Harbourside
Indie rock sovereignty lays siege on the scenic Canon’s March Ampitheatre, as Londoners Bloc Party take to the stage. Gracing the mid 2000s with albums such as the platinum award-winning Silent Alarm and Weekend in the City, their guile and individuality made for a lengthy dwelling in the upper echelons of a scene prevalent within British culture.
Fronted by the enigmatic Kele Orekere, the band’s ability to depict emotive and honest scenes, entwined with pop-rock melodies gained rave acclaim. The quartet created a buzz that many teenagers of that era attached themselves to, their discography lyrically spanning from socio-political problems within the UK to lamentations on the dangers of a hedonistic lifestyle. Two more critically acclaimed albums saw the band exemplify post-punk sensibilities along with synth-laden melodies; the album Intimacy showcased their darker depth.
Some tumultuous years followed and 2013 saw the departure of drummer Matt Tong, followed two years later by bassist Gordon Moakes, leading to the introduction of Louise Bartle and Menomena bassist, Justin Harris later that year. Most recent album, Hymns saw the group make a deviation from their signature indie sound to one with more electronic elements, which would undoubtedly cause intrigue amongst attendees.
The very thought of this spectacle along the Harbourside sends shivers along my spine, probably indebted to nostalgic sentiments. It leaves me full of expectation that they will charm, they will slice and they will dazzle the crowd.
See the video for ‘Stunt Queen’ here: