“Despite their catalogue of hits often striking a melancholic vibe, their expansion into a six-piece for their live performance is emphatic and triumphant.”– Gigwise
March 6th, 2020. A sold-out audience fills the O2 Academy Brixton’s cavernous space from wall-to-wall. The lights go down, the crowd erupts into a chant and DMA’S tear into their opening song ‘Feels Like 37’ accompanied by 5000 voices passionately singing along to its killer hook. The band are playing the biggest headline show of their career to date half a planet away from home, yet have conjured the atmosphere of an intimate homecoming celebration.
What follows is a show that will live long in the memories of the band and their fans alike. From early favourites ‘In The Air’ and ‘Lay Down’ to new material such as ‘Silver’ and ‘Life Is A Game Of Changing’ from their hugely successful third studio album ‘THE GLOW’ (which hit #4 in the UK and #2 in Australia), the band, extended from the core trio to a sextet for live performances, inspire a rapturous reception. The show will be documented in the ‘Live at Brixton’ album, which will be released almost a year to the day later on March 5th.
‘Live at Brixton’ will be released on a striking smoke-effect pink/orange limited edition double vinyl (pre-order here) that also offers an essential souvenir of the event. Its design was inspired by a flare that was set off during the show. It will also be released digitally.
The O2 Academy Brixton show was immediately hailed as one of the highlights of the band’s career so far, and it has taken on whole new significance given the events that have followed. For many fans it was their final show before live music events were halted. The album offers a chance to reminiscence on the life-affirming power of live shows, and also an inspiring reminder of what we’re all looking forward to returning to. The show’s reputation continued to grow when a much wider international audience watched a full one-off live stream of the set in April 2020.
DMA’S commented: “Our first ever show in the UK was the opening slot at Brixton Academy so this is just totally emblematic of the support that has grown overseas we are ever grateful for. It’s still the greatest show we have ever played and we will never forget that night. See you all soon! Stay safe.”
‘Live at Brixton’ is today launched with the new live audio and video ‘Lay Down’, which is available here. A fan favourite from the band’s debut album ‘Hills End’, the track provides a flavour of what to expect with a powerful, high energy performance boosted by a sizzling atmosphere.
‘Live at Brixton’ tracklist:
- ‘Feels Like 37’
- ‘Too Soon’
- ‘Hello Girlfriend’
- ‘Time & Money’
- ‘The Glow’
- ‘The End’
- ‘Step Up The Morphine’
- ‘Life Is A Game of Changing’
- ‘In The Air’
- ‘Tape Deck Sick’
- ‘Play It Out’
- ‘Lay Down’
- ‘Your Low’
Having played select shows in Australia last year that included a televised New Year’s Eve special from Sydney Harbour, DMA’S plan to make a long awaited return to touring in the UKin 2021. Their April headline tour includes a huge 10,000 capacity gig at London’s Alexandra Palace, and they’ll return in the summer to headline a series of major outdoor shows.
Remaining tickets for the shows, listed below, are available here:
4th – Newcastle, O2 Academy
7th – Southampton, O2 Guildhall
9th – Liverpool, Echo Arena
10th – London, Alexandra Palace
13th – Dublin, The Academy (SOLD OUT)
14th – Dublin, The Academy (SOLD OUT)
16th – Norwich, The Nick Rayns LCR, UEA
17th – Hull, Bonus Arena
10th – Leeds, Millennium Square – Sounds of the City
11th – Manchester, Castlefield Bowl – Sounds of the City (SOLD OUT)
4th – Newcastle, Live From Times Square
6th – Edinburgh, Summer Sessions