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Watch Bloc Party’s Kele Okereke join Paramore’s Hayley Williams to perform ‘Blue Light’

The pair joined forces at London's O2 Arena last night

By Nick Reilly

The pair joined forces at London's O2 Arena last night (Picture: Twitter)

Paramore’s Hayley Williams was joined onstage in London last night (April 23) by Bloc Party’s Kele Okereke to perform a stripped-back take on the latter band’s early track ‘Blue Light’.

Williams hailed the performance as a “bucket list” moment as she invited Kele to perform the ‘Silent Alarm’ track, hours after the band had supported Paramore on the final date of their UK tour.

“We have grown up with this band – the same way that a lot of you’ve grown up with us and probably have grown up with Bloc Party as well,” Hayley said.

“It only feels right to sing a song together that I used to cry to all the time, in my car, and maybe we can all cry together if that’s alright.”

You can check out footage of the collab below.

It comes after Bloc Party shared ‘High Life’ last week, the first track since the release of Alpha Games, their sixth album in 2022. “I wanted ‘High Life’ to sound like falling in love again, the start of a new love intertwining, cemented by nights of abandon and stolen moments of intimacy,” Kele recently said of the track. “I really wanted it to feel like a celebration.”

Paramore’s tour came in support of their sixth album This Is Why, which arrived in February this year.

In a four-star review of that album, Rolling Stone UK wrote: “Their impassioned ethos is a perfect reflection of their sixth record — they may no longer be the newest outfit on the block, but they’ll be damned if they’ll become a heritage act.

“Instead, their acknowledgement of their past allows the album to truly shine, with an effortless melding of their Riot! era pop-punk and the 80s-driven synthpop that defined 2017’s After Laughter.”

Bloc Party will reunite with Paramore next month to join them on a slew of upcoming US tour dates.