Bicep staying in to go out

Around this time four years ago, aka an ancient golden era of human contact and music louder than your laptop speaker, Bicep were launching their debut album at District 8 in Dublin’s Tivoli Theatre. As with every live show from the Belfast duo, it was a full-on boisterous, sweaty mass of big room techno energy, and there might’ve even been some stage diving.

Tonight, the launch of album number two is on a whole new toned-down level — a broadcast from London’s Saatchi Gallery. But even if there’s no close contact ruckus, the pair have been drip-feeding visuals by collaborator Black Box Echo and sonic snippets in the build-up.

They had to craft a more downtempo listening experience for the album Isles, but they’ve given the album a more rugged rework for tonight’s show, so it could be a chance to get back to the wild west days of lockdown No1 when the novelty of solo or bubble home partying was still a novelty.

Bicep stream a live show from from the Saatchi Gallery tonight (Friday). Tickets at