2011 was a magical year for Polly Jean Harvey.
Her 8th studio album, Let England Shake, was released in February and was subsequently named Album of the Year by a number of publications. In September, she then became the first artist to be awarded the coveted Mercury Music Prize twice, beating the likes of Elbow and Adele.
The Dorset-born singer-songwriter celebrated the extraordinary success of the album by making her Royal Albert Hall debut in two sold-out shows.
She delivered an outstanding set, featuring every track off Let England Shake, and a number of old favourites. On both night the audience were captivated by the artist’s musicianship, performing a number of instruments alongside her live band including Mick Harvey, John Parish and Jean-Marc Butty.
* * * * * “A celebration of a musician at the height of her formidable powers”
Bernadette McNulty, The Telegraph
* * * * * “The setting also underlined how Let England Shake has cemented Harvey’s position in the British rock establishment”
Alex Macpherson, The Guardian
Let England Shake is available on Amazon.
All images © Andy Paradise, 2011
Setlist – 30 October
Let England Shake
The Words That Maketh Murder
All and Everyone
The Big Guns Called Me Back Again
Written on the Forehead
In the Dark Places
The Glorious Land
The Last Living Rose
On Battleship Hill
Down by the Water
Hanging in the Wire
The Colour of the Earth
Desperate Kingdom of Love
Sky Lit Up
Nina in Ecstasy
Meet Ze Monsta