IDLES announce new live album ‘A Beautiful Thing: IDLES Live at Le Bataclan’

IDLES live photo
Photo credit: Lindsay Melbourne

Today, IDLES have announced their first live album ‘A Beautiful Thing: IDLES Live at Le Bataclan’, and have also shared the live version of Mother lifted from the record. Listen to the live version of Mother via YouTube below.

The limited double LP edition will be available across three different colours, each with their own unique artwork. All will be housed in deluxe gatefold packaging, and contain a booklet designed by Joe, featuring photographs from the show and a selection of poetry. ‘A Beautiful Thing: IDLES Live at Le Bataclan’ will also be available to buy on CD and as a digital download.

The album follows a recent Mercury Prize nomination (and incendiary televised performance) for their critically acclaimed second album ‘Joy as an Act of Resistance’, and celebrates a landmark couple of years for the band with a top 5 official UK album chart position, an Ivor Novello award for ‘Best Album’, a breathtaking Glastonbury performance, a completely individual appearance on Later With… Jools Holland and a number of sold out tours across the world. 

Speaking about the album, vocalist Joe Talbot says, “Our show at Bataclan was the end of a very long journey for us. On that tour we learnt so much about ourselves, each other and the audiences we have grown with over the past 10 years. That show was nothing short of catharsis and nothing more than love. We love what we do and the people who have carried us here, there was no hiding that at Bataclan and we are so very grateful that the moment was captured in all its glory, love and fatigue. Long live the open minded and long live the moment.”

IDLES also recently announced a short tour for December to celebrate the bands recent string of achievements – including their biggest headlining date yet on Saturday, 7th December at London’s Alexandra Palace. All five dates went on to sell out within the first 24 hours.

Mon 2 Dec Glasgow, Barrowland Ballroom SOLD OUT
Tue 3 Dec Glasgow, Barrowland Ballroom SOLD OUT
Wed 4 Dec Manchester, Academy SOLD OUT
Thu 5 Dec Leeds, O2 Academy SOLD OUT
Sat 7 Dec London, Alexandra Palace SOLD OUT

‘A Beautiful Thing: IDLES Live at Le Bataclan’ will be released December 6th via Partisan Records. Pre-order it here.

A Beautiful Thing: IDLES Live at Le Bataclan cover artwork