Dead Can Dance were on their Europa tour following the release of their last studio album ‘Dionysus’ in 2018, playing two consecutive nights in London. Founding members Lisa Gerrard and Brendan Perry were joined by their backing band four years after their last London shows.

The show began with Lisa onstage performing ‘Yulanga (Spirit Dance)’ and then playing the yangqin when alternating vocals with Brendan, who sang ‘Amnesia’ from their 2012 studio album ‘Anastasis’. He also played contrasting chiming and suspenseful guitar ‘In Power We Trust The Love Advocated’ and sang the single ‘The Ubiquitous Mr. Lovegrove’ from their 1993 studio album ‘Into The Labyrinth’.

Lisa sang sirenic, operatic idioglossia in ‘Sanvean’ and then turned to frenzied wailing in ‘Dance Of The Bacchantes’. She then performed an encore of ‘The Wind That Shakes The Barley’ alongside the Irish whistle before Brendan finished the show on ‘Severance’.

10/04/22: Dead Can Dance @ Eventim Apollo, London.

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