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Monday 02 May 2022.

Monday 02 May 2022. FOALS + SHAME live at Olympia, London. Foals play the last of their four big shows at this venue. This is the third time I have seen them here over the weekend. EGYPTIAN BLUE 30 mins upfront guitar set seems to get quicker and quicker. SHAME played their 30 mins again. Last night the singer took his shirt off on song three, and tonight it is song four. FOALS arrived on stage like the other nights at 8.45pm for their 1 hour 40 mins set. I have added a couple of bits to the main review on Friday, so check it out. They are playing the same setlist every night. They clearly love playing live, and are so tight musically. The stage is truly massive, more suited to The 02 Arena or an outdoor festival stage. Sometimes you are in a venue and you think wow! This iconic building and its stunning glass roof dates back to 1886. Henry Edward Coe was commissioned to design the ambitious structure. His plans included a span barrel roof which at 52 metres (170 feet) was to be wider than that of the Agricultural Hall (known as ‘The Aggie’ and now the Business Design Centre) in Islington, a building Coe had designed 25 years earlier. This new roof would cover nearly an acre. The main roof was developed by Messrs A. T. Walmisley and M. Am-Ende. The engineering challenge was immense. To create a covered space so wide, the roof had to be 35 metres (115 feet) tall at its apex. The ironwork, glass and zinc of this structure totalled over 1,300 tons. 2,500 sheets of plate glass adorn the roof, a striking feature which survived two world wars and the great storm of 1987. All three artists tonight confirm that British guitar bands are fully alive and kicking. --------------------------------------------- --------------------------------------------- Sunday 01 May 2022. FOALS + SHAME live at Olympia, London. Both bands back to play the third of four sold out shows here. This was my second time being here to see them both. I am a bit nearer the stage today, and i catch the band on before Shame as well. It is a massive space here , with the main room where the bands are playing, and an overflow room where the huge bar is. It feels like a mini-festival, with the big toilet queues during the breaks between bands. EGYPTIAN BLUE arrived on stage at 6.45pm for their 30 mins set. Some nice brash guitar playing in their decent set. SHAME arrived on stage at 7.40pm for their 30 mins set. The singer is shirtless again after a couple of songs...a good rowdy set. FOALS arrived on stage at 8.45pm for their 1 hour 40 mins set. Foals have added a fifth London show on 08 May at Brixton Academy. See my review from a couple of days ago , for a full review and setlist. They are a visually great band to watch as a lot of effort has been put into the visuals. The middle screen uses stunning pre-recorded images and the two side screens show live footage. Add the great light show, and several good songs , so you end up with another really good show.