The Olympia Theatre
Monday 28th October 2013
One of the most ground-breaking and influential bands of the 90’s, Suede have announced a very special show for one night only at The Olympia Theatre on Bank Holiday Monday 28th October. Tickets from €44.05 (inc booking fee) on sale now via Ticketmaster.
Please note, Stalls standing tickets sold out, some restricted view Circle seats, best availability is Upper Circle unreserved seating.
Approximate stage times as follows: doors open 7pm, support from Teleman around 8pm, with Suede due on stage about 9pm/9.15pm. Please note, times subject to change as always.
Under 14's must be accompanied by an adult, Over 18's ID required to gain access to the bars where alcohol is served.
No other band have been so perfectly placed to rewrite their own history than Suede in 2013. More than any other reunion act this century, their shows since reforming in March 2010 to play a ‘one-off’ set at the Royal Albert Hall for Teenage Cancer Trust have captured the original vibrancy, edge and excitement of Britpop’s prime pioneers.
As the Trash Tribes swarmed in their thousands to celebrate the return of Suede’s relentlessly thrilling canon in devoted and ecstatic fashion, the band bristled with energy, attitude, style and bravado, clearly overjoyed to be back on a stage together and revelling in their twisted, suave pop hits. Their “physical, sweaty” 100 Club warm-up show – the first Suede gig in seven years - was a point blank blast of dark diamante. The Albert Hall gig saw them eschew the “obvious” big string thing - “onstage we kept it really tight and small and it turns it into something physical rather than something mental” – and realise halfway through the set that they were going to have to cast aside this crazy ‘one-gig-only’ idea.
“We did the show and loved it so much we couldn’t let it go,” Brett Anderson explains. “It was done with quite good intentions, we were genuinely going to do that one show and leave it. We thought it’d be this really beautiful, elegant way of finishing Suede.”
“Then halfway through that show,” Mat adds, “there was just something about being onstage with the band and the crowd there and the reaction of it, part of me was like ‘it would be stupid not to do that again!’.”
So they did it again, bigger and better than ever. By the end of their subsequent arena tour of Europe, climaxing in a magnificent and celebratory show at London’s 20,000 capacity O2 Arena, their biggest ever gig, Suede had re-ascended beyond the peak of their mid-90s popularity. Over 2011 and 2012 they’d perform consummate headline sets at Latitude, Hop Farm and festivals across the continent, finally reaching the world-beating status they’d shunned in the 90s.
“We just never played those things at the time,” Brett says. “We always wanted to underplay it. We did a series of shows at the Roundhouse when we could’ve easily done Wembley, but we never wanted to do those big places. We did it this time round because it was something different I suppose, more than anything else. It wasn’t so much an ego thing.”
“Partly it was that 90s dick-waving thing that happened when the whole Britpop thing became about who’s biggest,” Mat says. “At the time we found something really quite uncool about doing a Wembley, which we were offered. This time round you’re not in any kind of competition, and as I really wanted to try to play a big show.”
“It felt good as well, in terms of being able to broadcast to a big venue,” says Brett. “It felt as though we could do it.”
As was re-established by their three-night stints at London’s Brixton Academy and Dublin’s Olympia Theatre in May 2011, playing their first three albums ‘Suede’, ‘Dog Man Star’ and ‘Coming Up’ in their entirety, however, Suede were always an albums band.
2010’s comprehensive two-disc compilation album ‘The Best Of Suede’ and the re-mastered double-disc re-issues of all five albums in 2011 served as dazzling reminders of Suede’s grimy/glamorous legacy – the narcotic night music of 1993’s Mercury Prize-winning debut ‘Suede’, the epic noir majesty of 1994’s seminal ‘Dog Man Star’ and the sparkling pop of the post-Bernard Butler Number One smash ‘Coming Up’ and its five Top Ten singles.
But finding that playing together as a five-piece again “was like those eight years had just disappeared” and sensing a chance to rectify a fumbled legacy, Suede would have to try concocting a sixth album. “Playing ‘Animal Nitrite’, it’s like ‘so what, can you make a new record, can you actually do it?’” Brett says. “That’s the big question.”
The answer is called ‘Bloodsports’. It is an album about lust, love, obsession, dislocation, cruelty, carefree abandonment, aniseed kisses and the gore-strewn battlefield of romance. It is Suede’s sixth album, but it’s brilliant enough to have been their fourth.
And so it should be, considering the agonies they put into it. Described by Anderson as “possibly the hardest we’ve ever made, but also the most satisfying”, over fifty songs were written for the album since the end of 2011, most mercilessly rejected on the basis that they’d rather release nothing at all than a record that wasn’t worthy of their name.
The sliding door slides shut; this time Suede: The New Generation, have made it on board, racing off on a whole new subterranean journey. Jump the barriers, join the joyride.