Idles to support the Foo Fighters at the O2





Selected recent press for IDLES and “Brutalism”:

A Bristol quintet who sound absolutely furious and thrilling; an inchoate cry of rage, with guitars that could raze the city – The Guardian

IDLES might just be the best live guitar band in Europe – The Quietus

You need them in your life right now – Kerrang!

IDLES are one of the most exciting British bands right now and Brutalism is proof – The Line Of Best Fit

Brutalism is loaded with some of the most fiery performances and brutally honest lyrics I’ve heard in years. – The Needle Drop

Visceral anthems that’s timed weirdly well for this year’s madness NME

A rare rock record with the rage, urgency, wit and shattering of complacency usually found only in grime. – Uncut

Sharp charisma and cathartic vulnerability. – Dork

A party garage tune that sounds like a cross between Sauna Youth and Jay Reatard – The i

Brutalism presents a new assertive punk that’s as witty as it is savage and valiant. – Upset

The band are impossibly tight, offering an onslaught that pitches itself somewhere alongside the sensory overload of Girl Band or Hookworms. Savage, frantic but surprisingly minimalist.Loud & Quiet

Brutalism is bracing, caustic, and relentless – Pop Matters

Belligerent, angry and brimming with socio-political commentary, a brutal, in-your-face indictment of, well, pretty much everything. – Team Rock

Brutalism is an unhinged and severely vicious record that questions everyday conventions and isn’t afraid to attack certain taboos. The 13 track debut album is a goliath sounding record driven by a simplistic, thumping rhythm section, topped with cacophonous guitars and obtuse, thought-provoking lyrics. – CLASH

The group excel at playing an acerbic brand of blistering and attitude-laden rock that we firmly enjoy. – London In Stereo

Uncompromising post-punks building a massive fanbase across the UK – DIY

One of the best live bands out there – CRACK

Righteously annoyed noise – on the up – Total Guitar

Sheer bleak beauty – Louder Than War

The momentum continues for Bristol punks IDLES, who follow raucous shows at Reading & Leeds and filling in for Steve Lamacq on his Radio 6 Recommends show with the announcement of their biggest headliner yet at London’s Village Underground on November 23rd. They will be supported by Life and Kite Base (ft. Ayse Hassan of Savages).

Tickets go on sale from Thursday 31st August from 9am here:

They’ve also announced their biggest support slot too – Foo Fighters at the O2 Arena on 19th September.

This year’s “Brutalism” LP received considerable attention on its release and this alongside their incendiary live shows have garnered then a growing fan base ever since. Jeremy Vine is among their admirers, they’re in Radio 6’s albums of the year, they were 33-1 for the Mercury Prize at Ladbrokes ahead of announcement and they had the biggest crowd of the whole weekend on The Lake Stage at Latitude where they also performed a secret set for the BBC, also rammed, directly after at the Introducing stage.

As well as their own headlining tour, the band have performed dates with Dead Kennedy’s, DIIV and were The Maccabees special guests at all three of their final shows at Alexandra Palace.

They’ve not been hurt by a succession of brilliant music videos either. Take a watch of their recent video for “Mother”, where front man Joe Talbot proceeds to destroy a table full of china, piece by piece: