Live Review: Foals at The SSE Arena, Wembley


Foals proved they’re worthy of the big stages as they dazzled The SSE Arena, Wembley last night. 

The band will co-headline Reading and Leeds Festival alongside Disclosure this summer a year after releasing their fourth album What Went Down which has propelled them into new heights.

Whilst the arena show, which was not sold out, may have felt slightly premature, Foals more than made up for it on stage. Frontman Yannis Philippakis has spoken in the run up to these shows about bringing a big lights show and third song in ‘My Number’ spins neon lights to the beat of 10,000 bouncing bodies. The second single off their new album, ‘Mountain At My Gates’, is greeted by five screens which hone in on a 360 degree exhibition of frontman Philippakis. There’s space for tracks from debut album Antidotes, with ‘Balloons’ and ‘Red Socks Pugie’ cranked up to a thrashing kraut-rock level of nostalgia.

An encore which starts with Philippakis saying: “This ones for all the people with us from the start” is met with cheers and anticipation of more old tracks to be pulled out of the bag, only to be flattened by a lack-lustre ‘London Thunder’. But the band finish in accustomed fashion with frantic ‘What Went Down’ leaving no room for a breather before Yannis hauls himself into the crowd for a 7 minute rendition of ‘Two Steps, Twice’ which coats those beneath in confetti.

Whilst Disclosure’s appearance may prevent Foals from providing a full onslaught at Reading and Leeds later this year, this arena tour is proving they’ve got enough pyrotechnics and anthems to carry them through a two-hour festival set in the near future.

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Josh Shreeve

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