Bloc Party will perform at The Falls Festival.
Bloc Party will perform at The Falls Festival.

English indie rock band bring new music to Falls Festival

BLOC Party frontman Kele Okereke, who was in Australia in March for a solo tour, said he was excited to bring the band back to Falls Festival, several years since their last show Down Under.

Okereke recently revealed the band's upcoming fifth album is set to be titled Hymns.

The album's release was later confirmed on social media as January 29, 2016.

"I'm feeling super excited about playing Falls Festival," Okereke said.

Bloc Party are an English indie rock band, currently composed of Okereke, Russell Lissack, Justin Harris and Louise Bartle.

Former members Matt Tong and Gordon Moakes left the band in 2013 and 2015 respectively.

Their brand of music, whilst rooted in rock, retains elements of other genres such as electronica and house music.

The band was formed at the 1999 Reading Festival by Okereke and Lissack.

They went through a variety of names before settling on Bloc Party in 2003.

Moakes joined the band after answering an advert in a magazine, while Tong was picked via an audition.

Bloc Party got their break by giving BBC Radio 1 DJ Steve Lamacq and Franz Ferdinand's lead singer, Alex Kapranos, a copy of their demo She's Hearing Voices.

While they're still in the process of putting together the new record, Okereke said they would definitely be performing some of the newest Bloc Party material at Falls.

"It's always exciting when you're working on a record and trying to work out how to perform it live to people," he said.

"That's where the real skill comes in, so I'm looking forward to that.

"I'm mostly looking forward to getting in front of an Australian audience.

"Australian audiences are the wildest. They're super crazy but personally I've always enjoyed playing to Australian audiences.

"As a performer you respond to what the audience gives you."

Okereke said he was keen to see some of the acts on the line-up too, such as Aussie talent Courtney Barnett.

"She's someone who I first heard in Australia and it's great to see she's there," he said.

Okereke has released two albums as a solo performer but being the frontman of Bloc Party is still a major part of his life.

"I've put out two records as a solo artist, and it's nice for me to be able to experience that," he said. "But (Bloc Party) is a super important thing for me."

At the Valley Stage at Falls Festival, Byron Bay on Friday, January 1, from 11pm.



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