Part of Grace Jones' Meltdown

French blackgaze band Alcest perform their latest album Kodama for Robert Smith’s Meltdown, with support from US artist Emma Ruth Rundle.

Founded in 2000 by songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Neige (aka Stéphane Paut) and later joined by drummer Winterhalter (Jean Deflandre) in 2009, Alcest are pioneers of the post-metal and shoegaze, or ‘blackgaze’, genre.

From their first EP Le Secret (2005), to their full-length releases Souvenirs d'Un Autre Monde (2007), Écailles de Lune (2010) and Les Voyages de L'Ame (2012), the band have crafted a sound based on musical opposites.

In 2014, their fourth album Shelter marked the band's departure from the ambient metal of their early work in favour of shoegaze and dream-pop, which reinforced a sense of their unpredictability as musicians.

Alcest’s fifth album, Kodama (2016), marks the French duo's return to the epic style of their early work, while continuing their relentless pursuit for fresh ideas.

Combining poetic elements with darker ones, Kodama is inspired by Hayao Miyazaki's anime film Princess Mononoke and explores the idea of not belonging and living in between worlds.

This special performance of Kodama is the only one Alcest perform in the UK.

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Queen Elizabeth Hall


£17.50 - £25
Booking fee: £3.50 (Members £0.00)
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For ages 14+. Under-18s should be accompanied by an adult.