Idlewild reunite with former bassist Bob Fairfoull at London anniversary show

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“We’re going to travel back to 1997”

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The previous night (Sunday 21 November) Idlewild was joined by former bassist Bob Fairfall at a London gig to mark the band’s 25th anniversary. Watch the footage and setlist below.

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The Scottish Indy giants had originally intended to tour last year to complete their 25 years together, but were forced to postpone due to COVID. Eventually arriving in the capital, the band performed a career-spanning set at Brixton Electric with songs ranging from their 1998 debut ‘Captain’ to their latest album, ‘Interview Music’.

The band also invited former bassist Bob Fairfall to the stage. Fairfall had been a member of the band since 1997, when they first achieved cult status, but left in 2002 after a backstage brawl during the tour for their third album, The Remote Part.


“Please welcome our old friend Bob Fairfall on stage,” frontman Roddy Woombal told the crowd while introducing the old fan favorite ‘Devil’s Polaroid. “We are going to travel back to 1997”.

Fairfall remained on stage to play bass on ‘I’m a Message’ from their 1998 debut album proper, ‘Hope Is Important’, before performing ‘Listen to What You’ve Got’ from 2000’s ‘100 Broken Windows’. “It’s like being back in The Water Rats, The Garage or The Hope and Anchor,” Wumble quipped, returning to his early punk gigs in London.

“Since it’s the band’s 25th anniversary, we’re going to be playing the first song we’ve ever written together,” Womble said, beginning their first Encore opening song ‘Self Healer’ with Fairfall returning for bass duties. While telling the crowd. “I don’t know if I can sing higher, but I’m going to try.”

Womble then said: “Continuing the theme, here’s the second song we wrote,” to introduce ‘4 People Do Good’, and then added: “This is the third song we’ve ever written, that same afternoon. A raucous outing of ‘Captain’ before playing.


Fairfall then left the stage as the rest of the band played through ‘When I Arg I See Shapes’ and ‘In Remote Part/Scottish Fiction’, followed by the opening single ‘A Film for the Future’ as an addition to the second encore. before returning to play guitar.

Idlewild played:

‘Dream Changes’
‘You Held the World in Your Arms’
‘Gather Yourself’
‘a little discouraged’
‘Reader and Writer’
‘Devil Polaroid’
‘I am a message’
‘Listen to what you’ve got’
‘Love steals us from loneliness’
‘Interview Music’
‘Stay in a hidden place’
‘City Hall’
‘Everybody says you’re too fragile’
‘Make Another World’
‘I understand it’
‘A Ghost in the Arcade’
‘These Wooden Ideas’
‘A modern way to let go’
‘American English’

Even then:
‘Self healer’
‘4 people do well’
‘I see shape when I argue’
“In the Remote Part / Scottish Fiction”

Second 2:
‘A film for the future’

This year also the band released the book in the beginning the answers were To mark their 25th anniversary.

The dates for the remaining UK and Ireland tour of Idlewild are below. go here For tickets and more information.

November 2021
27 – Edinburgh, Usher Halley

August 2022
4 – Dublin, Button Factory
5 – Belfast, Empire Music Hall

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