Recorded across the band’s mammoth 53 show 2019 European tour, to mark the 25th anniversary of the collective’s formation in Croydon in 1994,
the “25 Live” tour started in Paris with a sold-out show at the 5,000 capacity La Seine Musicale venue in May, continuing at the historic Acropolis Amphitheatre in Athens and winding-up, 16 countries later, in Barcelona mid-December.
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The Paris show in May also marked the release of Archive’s career-spanning box set retrospective collection ‘25’.
Talking about the tour and the ‘25 Live’album, Archive co-founder Darius Keeler said: “The tour was, without doubt, the most ambitious live outing Archive has ever undertaken, playing great shows to sell-out crowds, in some incredible venues, it felt like a celebration every single night! We wanted to make this free live album available, not just to all the people who saw us on the tour, but to everyone who’s supported Archive throughout our career and made the last 25 years possible.”
The band documented the 25 Live tour on film, directed by Archive vocalist Dave Pen: “I’ve always been into experimenting with film, I’ve made videos for other projects but I really wanted to document such an important tour for Archive. It was very much a point and shoot film, I was aiming to give fans an honest insight into life on the road with the band, and I think the resulting film does that.”
Watch the resulting documentary on Archive’s YouTube channel!