- 12 Jul 17
Alt-J are slated to start performing at 9 o’clock. At about 20:59, they emerge so unceremoniously onto the stage that they almost catch the eager, devoted crowd by surprise. A slightly belated but undeniably raucous ovation greets them soon after.
This is a group that have little time for the pretensions of being fashionably late. The mercury prize winners have become one of the biggest alternative acts on the planet, but they’re not about to forget the humble origins of the university halls they began playing in.
As if to steady the ship and hush the still talkative throngs of fans in front of them, the set begins with the lovely and loquacious ‘3WW’—the opening track of latest release Relaxer. It’s a smart move, as the slow-build of the subdued, gorgeous riff work is dripping with enough atmosphere to establish the right tone and make one forget that daylight is still very much upon us.