This is the second part of our At The Border fan rEEView of 2015, covering July to December! All photos are either mine or taken from the band’s Twitter unless otherwise credited.
Here’s Part 1 if you haven’t already seen it.
After Glastonbury, the band continued to spend most weekends visiting festivals all over the UK and Europe: these included Spain, Ireland, Scotland, Turkey, Germany, Latvia and Cornwall!
They also returned to Australia in July to play Splendour In The Grass festival and some headline shows in Sydney and Melbourne. Jonathan and Alex also visited the studio of Triple J and performed an acoustic version of Distant Past and a cover of Robyn’s ‘With Every Heartbeat’ live on the radio!
The third single from Get To Heaven was Spring/Sun/Winter/Dread and the fun, sci-fi style video was released on 3 August, featuring a cameo at the start from ‘legendary producer’ Dave Sardine and his trumpet!
Your very own At The Border EE fan site was launched on 10 August!!
The band finished off the summer with a few more festivals both at home and abroad: Reading & Leeds, Festival No. 6 in Wales, Lollapalooza in Berlin, Echo Park in Shanghai!
No instruments required! EE did a short DJ-set tour around the clubs,bars and student freshers events of England in late September/early October:
Following a nomination for Best Album at the Q Awards, in October the band played an exclusive show for fans at the Chelsea FC venue, ‘Under The Bridge’. (Photo: Q Awards Twitter)
The video for the fourth single from Get To Heaven, No Reptiles, was released on 9 October:
EE returned to BBC2’s Later with Jools in Mid October to play 3 songs from Get To Heaven (Distant Past, Regret and Spring/Sun/Winter/Dread)
I think the low point for EE fans (well, certainly for me) was when the band didn’t get nominated for the Mercury Prize. For weeks before the announcement, Get To Heaven was the bookies’ favourite to actually win the prize…I placed a £10 bet on it winning which was the first time I’ve ever bet on anything in my life! Many of us listened to 6 Music for 3 hours when the short list was announced in mid-October and were angry and upset when Get To Heaven wasn’t mentioned. I still don’t understand what the judges were thinking but we don’t need awards to know that Get To Heaven is an astonishingly good album!!
The UK & Ireland Tour kicked off in Dublin to a sold-out and very loud crowd on 3 November. The crowd chanted “Ev-ry-thing Ev-ry-thing” in between songs which I think was a first!
This tour made full use of some fantastic new staging and lighting:
All the shows were sold out or almost sold out and there was lots of singing and dancing in the crowds to both new songs and old:
The UK tour ended with the band’s biggest headline shows to date at the 5,000 capacity Brixton Academy in London and the Manchester Apollo:
No rest for EE as it was on to Europe for a few more dates. Paris, Amsterdam, Hamburg, Berlin, Warsaw, Prague, Vienna, Munich, Brussels. It was lovely to see so many fans getting their first opportunity to see the band playing headline shows. They made a point of meeting fans afterwards at the merch stand and signing their stuff at each show! The band also received some amazing gifts like the banana art from Vienna, featured below!!
A bit of fun in early December: Australian radio station Triple J released a viral ad for their Hottest 100 vote and it featured lots of familiar faces, such as Wolf Alice, Kevin Parker (Tame Impala), Mark Ronson and Yannis (Foals). Around the 2 minute mark, you can also spot Jonathan and Alex as police officers/security guards!! The whole video is HERE and I’ve made a little Vine of the EE guys’ performance:
After a few days at home, it was back on the plane for the final gig of the year in Kiev (Photo credit: @UkrainePhoto). This was the band’s first ever visit to Ukraine.
So 2015 has been quite a year for EE – Get To Heaven released to rave reviews and many, many amazing performances! We don’t yet know what 2016 holds, other than a few dates supporting Foals in Europe and the UK, but hope that a lot more fans around the world get the chance to see EE at their best…playing live!