One of the hottest bands around, IDLES, today announced their first live album, and shared a stunning track as the first taste of it.

IDLES performing live at the Bataclan. Pic: Lindsay Melbourne.

Mother is the first track unleashed from A Beautiful Thing: IDLES Live at Le Bataclan, which will be released on Partisan Records on 6 December.

The album caps an amazing couple of years for the Bristol punk band, after a Mercury Prize nomination (and astonishing televised performance) for their critically acclaimed second album Joy as an Act of Resistance.

It celebrates a top 5 official UK album chart position, an Ivor Novello award for ‘Best Album’, a breathtaking Glastonbury performance, a completely individual appearance on Later With… Jools Holland and sold-out tours across the world. 

A Beautiful Thing: IDLES Live at le Bataclan (Partisan Records)

Vocalist Joe Talbot said: “Our show at Bataclan was the end of a very long journey for us. On that tour we learnt so much about ourselves, each other and the audiences we have grown with over the past 10 years. That show was nothing short of catharsis and nothing more than love.

“We love what we do and the people who have carried us here, there was no hiding that at Bataclan, and we are so very grateful that the moment was captured in all its glory, love and fatigue. Long live the open minded and long live the moment.”

The limited double LP edition will be available in three different colours, each with their own individual artwork. All will be housed in deluxe gatefold packaging, and each will contain a booklet designed by Joe, featuring photographs from the show and a selection of poetry.

A Beautiful Thing: IDLES Live at Le Bataclan will also be available to buy on CD and as a download.

IDLES recently announced a short tour – including their biggest headlining date yet on Saturday, 7 December at London’s Alexandra Palace. All five dates sold out within 24 hours.

Gary Welford owner