Haim returned to London last night to play their first gig in the UK's capital for over three years, with the show filmed for an upcoming documentary about the band which will be released through Apple Music.
Secrecy was key to the night - details including the time and location of the invitation-only show at Islington Assembly Hall were kept under wraps until a few hours before doors opened, and attendees were prohibited from using their phones during the performance.
The show gave British audiences the first opportunity to hear a number of cuts from the sister trio's upcoming sophomore album, 'Something To Tell You'. As well as current releases 'Want You Back' and 'Right Now', the crowd were treated to the upbeat, Fleetwood Mac-esque 'Nothing's Wrong', the chirpy 'Little Of Your Love', a haunting cut called 'Night So Long', and an encore of 'Found It In Silence', for which a string quartet joined the sisters onstage. The former pair were played on Haim's 2016 North American tour, but last night was the first time the group had performed the latter two live. The set was completed with debut album hits 'Don't Save Me', 'Forever', 'The Wire' and 'Falling'. Most notably absent was live favourite 'Let Me Go', with the classic Haim drum-off instead appearing at the end of 'Right Now'.
As is expected of a Haim show, it wasn't just the songs that kept the crowd entertained. The banter flowed back and forward between the sisters throughout and included discussions of their favourite British TV shows (Alana's is 'Come Dine With Me', Este's 'First Dates') and the influence of John Williams' theme from 'Jurassic Park' on Este's songwriting process, topics of conversation they picked back up with Nick Grimshaw on this morning's Radio 1 Breakfast Show. VIP attendees of the show included Shawn Mendes and 'The Handmaid's Tale' star Max Minghella.
The night didn't go without the occasional hiccup, most notably the need to play 'Night So Long' thrice. The second attempt was required for unknown reasons relating to the recording of the performance, but Danielle slightly fluffed her chords, causing Alana to dramatically collapse on the ground and, as she later told Grimshaw, rip a hole in her PVC trousers. The third take was a success, and the sisters profusely thanked the crowd for their patience, with Alana declaring, "I owe you all my first born."
The show was part of a week-long series of promotional engagements in England for Haim, including a set at Radio 1's Big Weekend in Hull last Saturday and a performance on BBC Two's 'Later... with Jools Holland' alongside The xx on Tuesday night. An extended edition of the programme, featuring a second song from the trio, will air on Friday night.
Haim are scheduled to play a number of festivals this summer, including Glastonbury on Sunday 25th June and Splendour In The Grass on Friday 21st July, the night before which they will play a sideshow at Sydney's Enmore Theatre. Aside from other festivals in Europe and North America, no tour dates have been announced yet.
'Something To Tell You' will be released worldwide on Friday 7th July, the ten year anniversary of Este, Danielle and Alana's first gig as Haim. No release date has yet been given for the Apple Music documentary.
Want You Back
Don't Save Me
Little Of Your Love
Night So Long
Found In The Silence
Night So Long (Take 2)
Night So Long (Take 3)
Watch Haim perform 'Right Now' (with legendary drum-off) at Radio 1's Big Weekend below...