For how long will Bloc Party be gone?

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Bloc Party have had a busy weekend. First, they replaced Oasis as the headliners at Rock En Seine on Friday night after the band skipped the performance (and Noel Gallagher left the band). Frontman Kele Okerele dedicated the song “Mercury” to “those inbred twins” referring to the Gallagher brothers. Then last night at the Reading Festival, Kele announced that the band would not be returning to play the festival for a few years after having performed there three years in a row. Bloc Party has been touring pretty much non-stop for the last two years so maybe they could use a little break. Their last album Intimacy did seem to be a slightly rushed effort. Hopefully this time off will allow the band to focus more on a new album.

Earlier in the show, the band celebrated their 10th year of existence as Kele told the story of how he first connected with guitarist Russell Lissack at the Reading Festival in 1999:

    “I decided to ask this guy here [Lissack] if he would play guitar for me… and the rest is history,” Okereke said, before dedicating next track ‘This Modern Love’ to young musicians in the audience. “This next song goes out to any young kids in bands here.”

Read more about it here, check out the setlist from the Reading Festival below:

So Here We Are
Hunting For Witches
Positive Tension
Talons
Song For Clay (Disappear Here)
Banquet
Two More Years
One More Chance
Mercury
This Modern Love
The Prayer
Flux
Helicopter

(Photo credit: Tom Martin)

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