Behind the scenes
Backstage at the Royal Albert Hall with Editors, Wolf Gang, I Am Arrows and host Kirsten O'Brien
All images by Yui Mok, Press Association
An explosive live performance from Editors: Tom Smith, Chris Urbanowicz, Russell Leech and Ed Lay as they break from writing their fourth album and return to the live stage for the first time since completing their 2010 world tour. With two UK number one albums in An End Has A Start and In This Light And On This Evening and a string of hit singles from Munich to Smokers Outside The Hospital Doors and Papillon, this performance was Editor’s first 2011 date ahead of co-headlining Spain’s SOS 4.8 festival with Suede at the end of April.
Editors confirm support acts
Two support acts have been announced for Editors on Saturday 26 March at the Concerts for Teenage Cancer Trust at the Royal Albert Hall.
Fresh from his Fader Fort SWSX performance in Texas, Wolf Gang will be playing his latest single ‘Dancing With The Devil’, which was made iTunes single of the week this week.
Wolf Gang is quickly cementing his status as one to watch, having just finished a tour with The Naked And Famous, supported the likes of Florence And The Machine, Miike Snow and Metric, as well as playing his own sold-out show at London’s hip White Heat night.
Wolf Gang will also be embarking on his own headline tour in May and June around Britain, to celebrate another single release and the impending album.
Also supporting Editors are the indie rock band with a late 70s vibe, I Am Arrows. Founded by former Razorlight drummer Andy Burrows, this will be the second time Andy has performed at Concerts for Teenage Cancer Trust, after playing with Razorlight in 2006.
Their first solo album ‘Sun Comes Up Again’ is packed full of easy-listening pop'n'soul and was described by NME as a welcome surprise with charms that are impossible to fend off, whilst single ‘Green Grass’ was record of the week on Xfm, BBC 6 music and BBC Radio 2. I Am Arrows have also supported Muse alongside Biffy Clyro.
What was the first single/album you bought?
Monster was an early one, my folks had the big Rem records up to that point but i remember buying that one from Tesco or somewhere similar....That was 94 I think. Good cover that record, jumped out at me from the biscuits and chocolate it was next to.
Who was the first band you saw live?
First ever gig was Chris Rea at the Nec with my folks, I wasn't yet a teenager. First gig when I bought the ticket and went with my mates was The Bluetones at the Gloucester Guildhall back when they were starting out. They were pretty cool back then, I remember Damon Albarn was at the show and I got his autograph, I thought all indie gigs must have indie celebs at them. How wrong I was when turning up at Shed 7 a couple of weeks later, there wasn't an indie elite to be seen, pretty shit night that one in the end.
What music/musician had the biggest influence on you as a teenager?
REM and Radiohead equally I'd say.
What music do you find inspiring?
I find music pretty inspiring generally....the stuff I like anyway.
What song never fails to cheer you up
There's a Cat Stevens song from the film Harold and Maude which always puts a smile on my face, I don't know it's name but it's the main theme I think, and a f****ng gem.