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Earlier this week (9 and 10 October), King Krule and his band took to the stage at west London’s Eventim Apollo for a pair of poignant, packed-out shows.

It had been a while – as in, a five years kind of while – since they had stepped out for headline gigs of this scale in the capital, and the momentousness of the occasion only amped up an already palpable excitement that permeates through the air in and around the venue. There were tears. There were sing-alongs. On the second night, there was a rendition of Happy Birthday in honour of King Krule a.k.a. Archy Marshall’s mum. None of the aforementioned (bar, perhaps, the birthday song) was much of a surprise; the dedication of King Krule fans has been well documented over the artist’s decade-plus-long career, but a reminder never hurts.

The setlist waltzed through songs from Marshall’s singular, stacked catalogue – with plenty of cherished fan favourites interspersed with material from his latest album as King Krule, June’s Space Heavy. Crack Magazine’s Jessica Eli Hill was on the ground – or in the pit, we should say – to capture the action on stage on the second night. Longtime King Krule collaborator and pal Reuben Bastienne-Lewis was also on hand to snap some backstage shots for us, featuring the likes of Marshall, Tara Lily, Sarah Meth, George Bass and James Wilson. Scroll down to check out our photo diary.

© Reuben Bastienne-Lewis