Wednesday, 23 September 2015


On the 11th of September, Muse were on BBC radio to announce their upcoming Drones world tour. My friends and I decided to wait for them outside the studio as we were all massive fans. What we weren't expecting was a surprise gig revelation at around 11am while we were there. The trio would be playing the Electric Ballroom in Camden that very night with tickets being sold at a first come, first served basis at the venue. Immediately we cancelled all our other plans for the day to leg it to Camden as there was no way I'd be missing the possibly once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see my favourite band and coincidentally one of the world's biggest, play an intimate setting like the Electric Ballroom. Another push was the fact that I've been going to their shows for the past eight years, ever since I was still living in Australia and no matter how proud I am of their ever rising success, every time a bigger arena tour is announced, I can't help but get super anxious as I don't usually hold up too well in a mosh pit, let alone in one the size of a stadium. At around 2.30pm (a good three hours after they posted about the surprise show), we arrived at the Electric Ballroom. The realist in me had thought that there was no chance of us getting a place as the venue is tiny but it turns out that they have the capacity to fit a thousand people in and my friends and I were number 200 and something so you bet we got our hands on some tickets!

Muse have a repertoire of being the best live band in the world, and although there's always a risk of me being biased, it's probably true, just go ask anyone else. Stripped of all the flashy effects and machinations of their typical stadium shows, the band truly showcase how rich on the ears the music they produce is. The band opened with Reapers, off their latest album Drones, and unsurprisingly the majority of their 90 minute set was composed of newer material. I was super pleased that they played The Handler, which is one of my favourites off the new album (the other being The Globalist, which they've yet to perform live). Halfway through the gig, fans banded together to repeatedly chant for them to play 2006's Assassins, to which Matt Bellamy apologetically responded that they didn't have the right bass for it. I'd been wondering what the final song of the encore would be and I was beyond ecstatic when they launched into the powerful intro of the epic Knights of Cydonia. Matt Bellamy has a voice from the gods that can go from belting out a rock number to a soaring falsetto in slower songs. Combined with his unmatched guitar skills, the mad drumming machine that is Dominic Howard, and Chris Wolstenholme's beautiful bass and background vocals, the trio (plus live keyboardist Morgan, we mustn't forget him) always put on a show that in the words of another audience member I overheard, instantly becomes 'The best gig I've ever been to'. I came home completely bruised and battered after a long day but it was more than worth it and I would do it all again in a heartbeat.

The Setlist

The Handler
Plug In Baby
Supermassive Black Hole
Dead Inside
Drones D&B
Time Is Running Out
Stockholm Syndrome

Knights Of Cydonia

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