Beloved Los Angeles pop-sensation Billie Eilish has performed a new song “TV” at a gig in Manchester. The performance took place on June 7th, and you can view a video of the performance down below.
The show took place at Manchester’s AO Arena, and marks Eilish’s first show in England since her performance at Reading Festival in 2019. Before sharing the track, Eilish said: “We haven’t played a new song live before it’s out since 2017 or 2018…This is one we just wrote, and we just wanted to play for you.” Eilish performed the track alongside her brother and long-time collaborator Finneas, who toted an acoustic guitar during the song.
The tune is bare and melancholy, featuring tentatively strummed acoustic guitar chords and soft vocals from Eilish. From footage of the performance, you can hear Eilish sing “What’s the point of anything / All of my friends are missing again / That’s what happens when you fall in love”. As the title of the sombre tune may suggest, some of the lyrics focus on the media, with a reference to the Johnny Depp vs. Amber Heard trial and the recent overturning of Roe v. Wade in the United States: “The internet’s gone wild watching movie stars on trial /While they’re overturning Roe v. Wade.”
Eilish also recently announced a London-based, climate-focused event entitled Overheated, which coincides with her current “Happier Than Ever” UK tour. The event will commence tomorrow (June 10th) and intends to unite designers, musicians and climate activists at various UK venues to discuss the climate crisis.
The subjects set to be explored include climate friendly approaches within the music industry, sustainable fashion and the impact of plant-based diets. The event will also feature live performances and screenings of the Overheated documentary. Live performances will be given by the likes of Sigrid and Yungblud. More information regarding the event can be found here.