London Islington Carling Academy 2003 (gig)

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Muse show
Venue Carling Academy[1]
Date 22nd September 2003[1]
Location Islington, London[source?]
Country United Kingdom
Songs 12[2]
Support -[source?]
Start (UTC+1) Unknown
Capacity 570 (known tickets)[1][3] 850 (max capacity)[source?]
Price Free[1][3]
Sold out? -[source?]

A private show. Ten pairs of tickets were made available in August 2003 through a competition by Warner Music in which participants had to choose which of the 6 promotional gigs they wanted to go to, and answer the following two questions:

  1. Which Stanley Kubrick film inspired the set design for Muse's latest video 'Time Is Running Out'?
  2. What is the release date of Muse's new album 'Absolution'?

Answers had to be sent to At the time of the original announcement, the date of this show was yet to be confirmed.[3] A further 15 pairs of tickets were made available to more winners of the aforementioned competition on 12th September 2003, when the date of the show was officially announced.[1]

500 tickets were given away by the show's sponsor—XFM—in competitions over the week following the 12th October announcement.[1]


Before Hysteria, Bellamy said "Hey hey hey, how's it going; London I believe" and afterwards he said "Thank you". Before Thoughts of a Dying Atheist, he said "These are the thoughts of a dying atheist", and afterwards he said "Cheers". He said "This little number, this next little number is called uh, Blackout, featuring Wolstenholme on the keyboards" before Blackout, and after Blackout he said "Thanks very much, cheers". Before Citizen Erased, he said "We're going to play another song off our last album". Afterwards, he said "Cheers, thank you very much".


The show was recorded by XFM,[1] and was broadcast 30th September.[4] This recording is available in mp3 format here[broken link]. Five videos broadcast by XFM[5] are available here[registration needed].



  1. a b c d e f g London private show (2003-09-12). MicroCuts. Retrieved 2006-10-26 from
  2. [MicroCuts gigs archive]. MicroCuts. Retrieved 2007-10-21 from
  3. a b c Private shows in europe (2003-08-23). MicroCuts. Retrieved 2006-10-26 from
  4. MicroCuts. (2003-09-30). [MicroCuts news]. Retrieved 2006-10-26 from
  5. Ben 'heavymetallover'. (2007-05-14). Islington Academy 2003, XFM Carling Broadcast. Muselive. Retrieved 2007-05-15 from

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