the only way is essex as the weeknd unveils new track
Abel Tesfaye choppers into Osea Island, plays new song, wows crowd, leaves…
The Weeknd played an intimate one-off UK show yesterday - his only of the year - and unveiled a brand new track while he was at it.
The singer performed a sixty minute set at the Bomb Factory on the privately owned Osea Island in Essex, arriving in style by helicopter to the island that is only accessible in low tide. The former rehab facility - featured in the new Amy documentary - was home for the night to Island Records, and featured performances from other Island acts Jack Garrett, Kiko Bun and Flyte, with audience members including Bombay Bicycle Club, Petite Mellor, Fekky, Angel and John Newman. After being plied with jerk chicken and rum, the 350 invited guests and competition winners were treated to an intimate show from Abel who noted, "I haven't played a venue this size in a long time - and I love it."
As well as Trilogy highpoints like High For This, House of Balloons/Glass Table Girls, The Morning and Drake assisted The Zone, Tesfaye and his three piece band tore through more recent hits Feel My Face and Earned It, taken from the 50 Shades soundtrack. The XO owner and OVO affiliate also performed his remix of Queen Bee's Drunk In Love, as well as guest spots on Wiz Khalifia's Remember You and Drizzy's ode to the posse, Crew Love.
Before finishing his set, the Weeknd wondered if we'd like to hear some new music? It seemed churlish to protest otherwise, and so he graciously launched into the currently titled Untitled (Mood Music 2). Punctuated by the Canadian's heart-string popping falsetto and eerie drum riffs, Mood Music 2 is taken from his second album Beauty Behind The Madness, due August 28.
"I don't mean to come off selfish, but I want it all… I'm a prisoner to my addiction/ I'm addicted to a life so empty and so cold/ I'm a prisoner to my decision," the sad R&B seducer sang. Known for his contemplative compositions and brooding melodies, Untitled promises plenty more mean and moody music to come on August 28.
Listen to the track, performed live, below.
Text Hattie Collins