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Birmingham grime/garage pioneers The Streets took to the stage in Berlin last night, in what was the group’s first concert in nigh on seven years.
Mike Skinner and co. hadn’t taken to the stage since December 2011, but launched full-throttle into this return in Germany, before heading to several big dates on these shores, playing all the classics from their back catalogue, as well as debuting at least one new song. 2011 was also the last time the Birmingham outfit last released a full album, with Computers and Blues.
The group debuted new song ‘Boys Will Be Boys’, before finishing their set with a fan fan favourite combination of ‘Blinded By The Light,’ and ‘Fit But You Know It.’
“I know you are very nice, polite people,” Skinner told the crowd at the start of ‘Let’s Push Things Forward’, adding: “and the world has changed a lot, but I haven’t fucking changed.” You can see fan footage of the group’s return in Berlin below. You can also check out the full setlist from the show in Germany’s capital.
Skinner recently spoke to Mr Porter, to clear up any rumours that The Streets were reuniting simply for financial gain. “Well, I don’t need the cash, otherwise I’d have done all the festivals, and the offers we got were insane,” Skinner told Mr Porter.
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Let’s Push Things Forward/ Urban Hero
Don’t Mug Yourself
Never Went to Church
Has It Come to This?
Everything Is Borrowed
It’s Too Late
Could Well Be In
Going Through Hell
Too Much Brandy
Heaven for the Weather
Dry Your Eyes
Wave God/Open the Till
Boys Will Be Boys
Weak Become Heroes
Blinded by the Lights
Fit But You Know It
The Streets first rose to prominence in the early 2000’s, as part of the UK’s Garage movement, with the group signed to the same label as acts like the Artful Dodger. They released their immortal debut Original Pirate Material in 2002, garnering much acclaim from both fans and critics. The band broke through in emphatic style in 2004 with their sophomore effort A Grand Don’t Come For Free, which cemented their status as one of Britain’s most original acts, and also saw them top album and single charts alike.