The culmination of this year’s Q Awards beckoned live performances from Idles and Wolf Alice. Both award winners from the evening - what a coincidence eh? - the two bands tore through blistering performances in front of some of their most dedicated fans.
‘Colossus’ by name, and colossal by nature, Idles whip the Roundhouse into shape from the moment they step foot on the Camden stage. Impassioned and primal, each member stalks the venue in a carnal fashion, and you’re not quite sure where to look. And then there’s the matter of the pure frenzied crowd unfolding before our eyes - mosh pits opening and limbs flailing. It’s exciting. It’s exhilarating. It’s exactly why Idles have recently become the nation’s unlikely bittersweet sweethearts.
Alongside Goat Girl, the Bristol quintet took home the Breakthrough Act at the awards, but from this commanding display, it’s clear they haven’t just broken through, they’ve completely and utterly obliterated the underground scene, seeping through into the mainstream like with reckless abandon and garnering overwhelming adulation.
Bringing the show to a close are Wolf Alice. The Mercury Prize winners also scooped Best Live Act at the ceremony earlier in the day and orchestrate exactly why with a performance that doesn’t skip over any part of their career so far.
‘Fluffy’ serves with just as much bite as it did in 2013 and ‘Yuk Foo’ follows suit. Standout moments happen with the likes of ‘Silk’ - the Roundhouse becomes engulfed in the sea of emotion pouring out of vocalist Ellie Rowsell as she sings, “just looking for a protector, God never reached out in time, there’s love there is a saviour but that ain’t no love of mine,” - and the enigmatic ’90 Mile Beach’.
Overall the performance only reinforces the morphing qualities Wolf Alice possess. From snarling and growling on top of ramshackle riffs and percussion with punk sensibilites to reinvigorating the fundamentals of a classic rock song, these guys can do it all.
See our gallery from the evening below;