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O2 Academy, Bournemouth The three-time Mercury prize nominees seemed stunned by the deafening reception at their first non-socially distanced show in two years.
Instead, they play a set heavy on songs from their new album: over half of Blue Weekend — nominated, like every album Wolf Alice have thus far released, for the Mercury prize — gets an airing. It should be a risky move, but the crowd are delirious and the album came out a month ago: long enough for their fans to have memorised every word.
The songs from Blue Weekend are fantastic, a confident step forward from those on its predecessors. The band seem justifiably taken aback by quite how vociferous the response is.
But picking nits feels churlish in such an exuberant atmosphere. Wolf Alice give them plenty of reason.
Wolf Alice. Wolf Alice review — delirious crowd drink in a night of sublime bedlam.
Disbelieving grin … Ellie Rowsell at the Bournemouth O2. Alexis Petridis. Fri 23 Jul .
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