In July, Nick Cave announced an innovative streaming concert of him performing alone in London’s massive Alexandra Palace would be broadcast globally on the same day, with no pausing rewinding or saving the streaming video.
Following the critical success of the one-of-a-kind ticketed event, Idiot Prayer – Nick Cave Alone at Alexandra Palace is now going to be screened in movie cinema’s globally on November 5th. Watch Nick Cave's eerie performance of “Galleon Ship” from the concert film below.
IDIOT PRAYER: Nick Cave Alone At Alexandra Palace | “Galleon Ship”
Nick Cave said in a statement:
“The film ‘Idiot Prayer’ evolved from my ‘Conversations With…’ events. I loved playing deconstructed versions of my songs at these shows, distilling them to their essential forms. I felt I was rediscovering the songs all over again, and started to think about going into a studio and recording these reimagined versions at some stage – whenever I could find the time.
Then, the pandemic came – the world went into lockdown, and fell into an eerie, self-reflective silence. It was within this silence that I began to think about the idea of not only recording the songs, but also filming them.
We worked with the team at Alexandra Palace – a venue I have played and love – on securing a date to film just as soon as they were allowed to re-open the building to us.
On 19th June 2020, surrounded by Covid officers with tape measures and thermometers, masked-up gaffers and camera operators, nervous looking technicians and buckets of hand gel, we created something very strange and very beautiful that spoke into this uncertain time, but was in no way bowed by it.
This is the album taken from that film. It is a prayer into the void – alone at Alexandra Palace – a souvenir from a strange and precarious moment in history. I hope you enjoy it.”
Idiot Prayer was filmed by cinematographer Robbie Ryan. Tickets for the concert film’s November 5th cinema release go on sale September 10th. Find out more, here.
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