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alt-J performing during the The Dream Tour at the Germania Insurance Amphitheater in Austin, Texas on March 12, 2022, with Joe Newman, Gus Unger-Hamilton, and Thom Green. (Photo: Ralph Arvesen)

Alt-J is one of the most successful British bands of the millennium. Joe Newman, Gus Unger-Hamilton, and Thom Green have released three studio albums that, between them, have sold in excess of two million copies and their songs have been streamed more than two billion times.

The name derives from the combination of keys that results in a delta sign (∆) on Mac computers. The sound is a combination of folk-pop, skittering polyrhythms, and soaring falsetto harmonies, resulting in happy critics and even happier listeners. The quartet formed in 2007 in a Leeds Metropolitan University dorm room, and the constraints of recording demos in a quiet study environment heavily influenced their hushed, intricate approach to indie rock.

Their 2012 Mercury Prize and Ivor Novello Award-winning debut "An Awesome Wave", was followed two years later by their UK number one, Grammy, and Brit Award-nominated album "This Is All Yours." Released in 2017, "Relaxer" flew straight into the top 10 of the UK album chart ahead of a summer of major international shows, including a headline show at London’s O2 Arena, and headline performances at numerous festivals, and became their second album to be nominated for the Mercury Prize.
Magic. Transformational. Phenomenal. Worth every penny! We were up in the front row dancing our butts off. Truly one of the best concerts I’ve ever been to and probably one of my favorites of all time, not to mention the stage design and lightshow was absolutely brilliant. Not to sound dramatic but the show felt so otherworldly, magical, spiritual, and calming. Love these guys so much and I can’t wait for their next tour.

Awesome, loved it. Alt-J always puts on a great show.

Alt-J has got to be the most innovative act going today. The music is a blend of pop, rock, classical, and like nothing else. Their voices are front-and-center, but the musicianship is excellent. They go from full sound to sparse without a hitch. The songs are close to what you hear on recordings, and you won’t believe that there are only 3 people in the band. What you won’t get on the recordings is the most advanced light/projection show I’ve ever seen. Just unbelievable. I am old enough, but I never got to see Pink Floyd. This must be where they were heading! Do yourself a favor, spend whatever you have to but see this band live!

Amazing show by Alt-J. Sound set up was superb. The light and supplementary visual effects enhanced, rather than distracted from their music. Top 3 concerts of more than 50 I’ve attended. Highly recommend.
Setlist for the show at the Germania Insurance Amphitheater
  • Bane
  • Every Other Freckle
  • The Actor
  • In Cold Blood
  • Deadcrush
  • ❦ (Ripe & Ruin)
  • Tessellate
  • U&ME
  • Matilda
  • Something Good
  • Nara
  • The Gospel of John Hurt
  • Philadelphia
  • Taro
  • Dissolve Me
  • Losing My Mind
  • Fitzpleasure
  • Left Hand Free
  • Hard Drive Gold
  • Breezeblocks

alt-J was the main act at the Germania Insurance Amphitheater with guests Portugal. The Man and Windser. They continue across the United States, Canada, Europe, and Australia with the last stop at the The Workshop in Luxembourg City, Luxembourg on November 26, 2022.

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