Bloc Party played the first of three sold-out shows at NYC’s Terminal 5 last night. It has been 3 years since the band has played New York, and they came back with a vengeance. Opening with “3×3″, a new track from their upcoming album titled Four, the band settled in rather quickly for what was to be a 90-minute set full of new songs and old hits. After plowing through “Hunting for Witches”, frontman Kele Okereke said to the crowd, “New York City, I can tell it’s going to be a party tonight, because all I can smell is reefer”, which drew a round of applause, and also drew out some security guards and their flashlights. Upon playing “Song for Clay (Disappear Here)”, with a smooth segue into “Banquet”, the crowd erupted and the party was in full force; hands were in the air, feet were off the ground, and Okereke was smiling from ear to ear.

Highlights of the show were “Banquet”, “One More Chance”, “So Here We Are”, “Flux”, “Helicopter”, and “This Modern Love”. The light show was pretty impressive, with newly employed lasers that added to the atmosphere ten-fold. Overall, it was a good start to what is sure to be a memorable 3-night NYC run for Bloc Party. The Drums and Them Jeans opened the night.

For those unable to get tickets for the shows, The Bowery Live will be streaming the show tonight from Terminal 5. Bloc Party goes on around 9pm.

Live Stream Tonight’s Show Here:

3×3, Trojan Horse, Hunting for Witches, Positive Tension, Real Talk, Song for Clay (Disappear Here), Banquet, Blue Light, One More Chance, So Here We Are, The Prayer

1st Encore:
Day Four, Octopus, Flux, Helicopter

2nd Encore:
Ares, This Modern Love