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Mew: Frengers

Mew - Frengers album artwork

Danish trio Mew are joined by a string ensemble to celebrate the 15th anniversary of their expansive album Frengers, featuring tracks from the record alongside other highlights from their catalogue.

Its title is a combination of the words ‘friend’ and ‘stranger’ – and Frengers does both. It’s beautifully melodic yet disarmingly experimental; warmly distorted but glacially atmospheric. It’s intimate, yet epic. Tonight, Mew expand their lineup, welcoming additional members and a string section led by Emma Smith (Elysian Quartet / Phaedra Ensemble) to their ranks in commemoration of this remarkable album.

Released in 2003,  Frengers marked Mew’s first major success out of their native Denmark. Bringing together influences from Progressive Rock, Heavy Metal, Grunge, and numerous other genres, it’s an extraordinary album that reset the parameters of what Mew were capable of – and in turn, helped to redefine what was possible in Indie Rock.

Tagged with: Contemporary music

The performances will begin promptly at their advertised start times (4 & 8.30pm)

The running time of both shows is approximately 2 hours (including interval) – subject to change.


Mew wearing all black. One of them adjusts his glasses and another rests his hand on his chest.

Digital Programme: Mew – Frengers

In an effort to be more sustainable, we're trialling discontinuing our printed freesheets at gigs. 

Read today's programme including running times, venue information and what else is happening at the Barbican while you're here.

‘Frengers is an album of pure beauty whose textured soundscapes and other-worldly vocals has produced a truly rewarding and captivating musical experience‘
All Music


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Listen: Mew - Frengers

Listen to prog-rock quintet Mew's 2003 album, Frengers: Not Quite Friends, But Not Quite Strangers'...

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