on 4 February 2011
I bought this DVD on the premise of how strong TATE's debut album was and how powerfully brilliant they were live. Seeing that this had become available and they weren't coming nearby in the UK for the foreseeable future, I figured this would be the next best option.
To begin, every performance in the film is beautiful. Nothing is lost from the energy of watching them live when translated onto film and I found myself becoming involved in the show as I would have if I would have been stood watching. The feature truly shows to any viewer just how good this band are, the special guests that play with them throughout the concert combined with some subtle tweaks to the music create something truly special to watch and you can't help but feel jealous of the audience.
The other side of the film offers an insight into the band as individuals, with them all coming across as very humble and genuinely moved at being approached to perform in such a prestigious venue. You can't help but massively respect them all when you see how much work goes into one show for them, with them working solidly day after day until everything in perfected.
Regarding the presentation of the film, splendid black and white tones convey the artistic element of the band whilst when colour is featured it brings out a documentary feel to the film.
Overall, an absolutely brilliant live DVD. Consider it a must have. 9/10
on 16 December 2015
The ATE are a phenomenal band and I first saw this concert via the Sky Arts channel. I unfortunately deleted accidentally and have been kicking myself since. Finally managing to get a copy recently, I'm glad I did. On a decent TV with a decent sound system, this concert takes you to another place. Faultless sound and video, paying testimony to the band and their performance. 'Sometime around midnight' begins with the amazing, drawn out string opening. 'All I ever wanted' is perfect, 'Wishing well' - sublime. This is just perfect, perfect, perfect.
on 26 January 2011
Purchased this DVD after having followed TATE for the last couple of years. From seeing them at Camden Koko a couple of winters ago to their similar gig to this at the Union Chapel last September, this DVD really shows how far they've come in their confidence and their live performance. The sound is incredible, and the snippets of the band talking to the other musicians portrays them as just really nice, down to earth people, which is great to see.
The elongated version of Innocence is the highlight for me, along with the Magentic Fields cover of The Book of Love and also new song A letter to Georgia, but the whole gig is excellent.
Cant wait for the second album now...