Mystery Jets Announce Special Socially Distanced Christmas Gig

The band will take to the stage at London’s Clapham Grand for the festive season on December 19.

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Mystery Jets are set to play a special socially distanced Christmas gig in London. The band will take to the Clapham Grand on December 19, with support coming from Ferris & Sylvester and DJ Rowena Alice.

“This Christmas gig will be an intimate, socially-distanced seated show with level access,” the band wrote on Twitter, announcing the gig. Tickets for the show go on sale on Wednesday (December 2) at 9am GMT via DICE. Visit the venue’s official website for further information.

In a recent interview, Mystery Jets lead singer Blaine Harrison said “Although life is different at the moment, community feels more important than ever – togetherness feels more important than ever.

“That’s what [Mystery Jets’ recent album] A Billion Heartbeats is about. It’s about empathizing with other people and sharing our experiences in difficult times.”

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South London venue Clapham Grand hosted Frank Turner for a government-backed trial show back in July, although manager Ally Wolf later admitted that the pilot “did not succeed” in providing a blueprint for the return of live music in the coronavirus era.

“The Clapham Grand is an incredibly versatile space,” Wolf added. “I can sell 200 table tickets for a show and make it work for live music, comedy, drag, movies… Multiple event formats fit in the venue because of the nature of its design.

“It’s really important for the venue to be able to bring the industry onside because I want to bring concerts back. Otherwise I might just burn half a million pounds and come back in Easter, by which point there will be no venue to come back to and everything will have dropped off a cliff.”

Earlier on this summer, Mystery Jets launched a new podcast series with guests including Radiohead’s Ed O’Brien and Idles’ Joe Talbot and topics ranging from justice for the families affected by the Grenfell Tower blaze, racial and class discrimination in Britain and homelessness to addiction, toxic masculinity, the NHS and mental health in the digital age.

Listen to the best of Mystery Jets on Apple Music and Spotify.

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