Bastille 'Quarter Past Midnight' by Austin Peters

Bastille 'Quarter Past Midnight' by Austin Peters
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Bastille reunite with Austin Peters for the lead-off track from their next album, and a beautifully made video featuring frontman Dan Smith on a breakneck surreal adventure through Paris and his imagination. And it begins with him shaving off his trademark big hair.

Once Smith gets his smart new crew-cut, he finds himself instantaneously transported into a different scene, and then another. From club dancefloor to ice bath in grubby bathroom, Satanic ceremony to hanging with feisty and righteous trans people, to his constant confusion.

It's a simple, strong idea served by a great production, and excellent direction by Peters - it's his fourth video for Bastille, following Flaws, Laura Palmer and Oblivion. And the video also features standout work by DoP Kristof Brandl and editor James Rose.  

“We made the video over a couple of days and nights in Paris with our incredibly talented friend, and long-time collaborator, Austin Peters,” Smith has said in a statement. 

“It’s a nod towards some of our favourite films and directors. Like the album as a whole, it’s a surreal journey through euphoric highs and lows of a night, and all that comes with it: the escapism, warped realities, and unclear memories.” More at


Austin Peters
Francois Larpin
Production Company
ForeverForever website
Executive Producer
Sasha Nixon
Production Services
Production Manager
Marylou Lapierre
Production Manager
Ama Labarthe
1st AD
Didier Mallet
Director of Photography
Kristof Brandl
Focus Puller
Johan Leclaire Bottarelli
Loïc Andrieu
Jérôme Tanguy
Nicolas Cadot
Art Director
Lucie Libotte
Anna Tarissan
Céline Llerena
Francis Jaillans
Casting director
Emma Skowronek
James Rose
Editing company
Cut+RunCut+Run website
Mikey Rossiter
Grading company
The Mill
Director's Representation
ForeverForever website
James Hackett
Virgin EMI
Kevin Fermaud, Jean Riou, Alexei Nikichine, Ludovic Maudet
Key Grip
Cyril Kunholtz
Franck Chron
Location Manager
Nicolas Plouhinec
Sound Design
Heard City

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