Damon Albarn’s super group bring their poignant London narrative to the iconic Palladium
12:59 23rd April 2019

The Good, The Bad & The Queen paint a haunting picture of post-referendum Britain. They trudge and meander through Brexit Britain with musicality and literate lyrics that emphasise their legendary status as both renowned individuals and as a collective; the time honoured musicians sure have knowledge of how to hold an audience. Their poetic musings fill the iconic London Palladium; whilst the capital bickered and squabbled outside, they provided a welcome break from the toil and trouble of the Brexit quagmire. 

A muted backdrop depicted a sombre London skyline, complete with streetlamps and church spires, which set a moody and foreboding tone for the performance, casting the members in silhouette. Earthy tones filled the stage, having the effect of bringing everything back to its roots. The collective pull British identity into focus, comprised of Blur and Gorillaz man Damon Albarn, The Clash’s Paul Simonon, former Verve member Simon Tong and Afrobeat drummer Tony Allen.

There’s still hope yet…

Photo: Patrick Gunning