With support from fiN
Incubus - Live at Alexandra Palace, London

Earlier this year Incubus sparked outrage in the Philippines after a text message circulated a group of protestors worried that the Californian band would “impart their spirits onto [the country’s] youth”. Fortunately there was no such outcry in the UK as the band brought their spirits to London to perform at Alexandra Palace.

With queues forming outside Ally Pally from 4pm, it’s clear that in their absence Incubus can’t have lost many supporters.

Opening the gig tonight is London four-piece fiN. They’re supporting Incubus on each and every European date of the tour. fiN seem humbled by their inclusion in the event and their enjoyment is clear as they tear through a set of quirky alt rock.

The band have been gathering quite a following in the run-up to these gigs, and it’s safe to say they will have picked new fans along the way.

‘The Artisan’ opened their set, which is the first of six 7” singles to be released on vinyl. The band are clearly overjoyed to be supporting Incbus, urging Facebook fans to “please take photos and post them to our Twitter … We wanna remember this show forever.”

Incubus kick off the night with old school tracks ‘Privilege’, ‘Wish You Were Here’ and ‘Pardon Me’ dispelling fears that it would be a 7th-album-heavy set. They are on form, but the visibility isn’t. The screen lies dormant – an irritating fact in a room filled with 10,000 bobbing heads. The screen is soon alight with projections of the band, but the off-putting delay between the music and the visuals means the crowd may be better off without it.

Brandon Boyd doesn’t stray far from his mic and African drums for the majority of the performance. When he does break away, he leaves fans on their tip-toes trying to trace his movements. This front-man effortlessly holds the attention of thousands.

“Would you guys like to hear an old song?” Brandon asks the baying crowd. Of course they do. The band responds to the screams with ‘Vitamin’. Fans of all ages have flocked to the gig, each hoping to hear tracks from a different album. There can’t be too many disappointments as the only album that doesn’t make the cut is their debut, ‘Fungus Amongus’.

The set ends with ‘Megalomaniac’ which is backed up by powerful images of historical tyrants. The antidote to this comes in the form of ‘Tomorrow’s Food’ in the encore which is accompanied by uplifting images of life: nature, heroic figures including Martin Luther King and scientific feats like walking on the moon.

Holding their instruments aloft, Incubus vacate the stage leaving the audience curious about the 10.30pm finish. The night still feels young and a few people hang around trying to urge a second encore. They soon admit defeat but everyone leaves the gig feeling uplifted.

Words by Emily Anderton
Photos by Kevin Lake

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