THE OLD and the new, the classic and recent, the audio and the visual, the cinematic and the musical, all will come together when Suede play the Galway International Arts Festival Big Top this weekend.
Suede, declared "Britpop's most ambitious romantics" by Consequence of Sound, play the Big Top in the Fisheries Field this Saturday from 6.30pm, and it will be a show of two very distinct halves.
In January Suede released Night Thoughts, their seventh studio album. A dark, ambitious, exploration of the fear and frailty of human relationships, it met with critical acclaim, MOJO calling it a "galvanising return" and Spin declaring that it "honours Suede's longstanding place in Brit-Rock history".
However this was a new album with an interesting twist. As Suede bassist Mat Osman told the Galway Advertiser's Una Sinnott: "We said, let’s make a 45 minute record that you have to listen to in one go. We finished it, we were really proud of it, and thought, we’ll have to make videos, and now we’ll have to chop it up for public consumption. We were sitting around and thinking, how do you do that, and we decided to make a 45 minute film."
That film, created by Roger Sargent, will be screened at the Big Top, while Suede will play the accompanying music. The second half will see the band take centre stage to deliver a hit filled set of 1990s classics so expect 'Animal Nitrate', 'So Young', 'We Are The Pigs', 'The Beautiful Ones', 'Trash', and 'Electricity'.