As soon as The Prodigy unleashed their latest album, No Tourists, they made no hesitation in starting their tour, hitting the road pretty much the moment it released. Having seen them headline the Saturday night at M’era Luna back in August, I was keen to see how much they’d up their game. The answer to that lingering question became pretty clear from the moment they took to the stage.
But first, were support act Ho99o9. I’d not listened to any of their material prior to this show, so I had no idea what to expect. I found myself blown away by their performance and sound. It was a chaotic mix of various influences from Punk to Drum n Bass, wrapped up in a Hip-Hop style presentation. Aggressively visceral, they seemed to have unlimited amounts of energy, and their set flew by. They were very impressive, and the perfect choice as support act. I’ll definitely be checking them out, and I highly recommend you do too.
To an explosion of cheers from the crowd, The Prodigy took to the stage. All MC Maxim had to ask was “Where my people at?” and it was clear that we were all here. As is tradition, they began big, with the iconic “Breathe”, and from the second it started the entire audience collectively lost their shit. From that point on, it was a non-stop torrent of track after track. Even with a few short breaks between, where they had more ambient moments, or the usual crowd banter, it didn’t feel like it slowed down at all, the atmosphere was too electrifying for that. At times the sound was so loud and the bass so intense, that I could feel it reverberating throghout my body! The setlist was a great mix of tracks from all across their back catalogue, and they were ordered in such a way that made the pacing perfect. It was surprising that they played so few tracks off their latest album, but I can’t say I was disappointed. That said, these tracks were clearly made for a live shows, their impact coming across tenfold in such a setting. The biggest surprises of the night were the addition of “Everybody in the Place” and “Fire”, the latter being the first performance of the track since 1992. It was great to see these classics being dug out, and it made the night feel like an even bigger event.
The only real critique I have, is that the set was a bit too short, at around 1 hour 30 minutes in length. I know it sounds a bit too demanding, but only another 15 or even 10 minutes would have sufficed. It was most noticeable when certain tracks were cut short, especially “Out Of Space” serving as an outro, rather than being the complete song. Hearing a brief snippet made me wanting more, rather than being completely fulfilled. However, it was a nice surprise to have it played last, and “Timebomb Zone” prior to it, breaking the tradition of closing off the night with “Take Me To The Hospital”. It just highlights The Prodigy’s prowess in subverting expectations.
Criticisms aside, it was an incredible night. It’s probably the best I’ve ever seen them, and even a friend who had seen them as early as ’97 agreed. If that’s not praise, then I don’t know what is! Thinking back through all the songs they played during the show, I honestly can’t think of any they missed out, or that could have made it any better. It was unrelenting from start to finish, and one of the best parties I’ve been to all year!
- Champions of London
- Voodoo People
- Run With The Wolves
- The Day Is My Enemy (+ Drum & Bass mix)
- Need Some1
- Everybody In The Place
- Light Up The Sky
- No Good (Start The Dance)
- Smack My Bitch Up
- We Live Forever
- Take Me To The Hospital
- Timebomb Zone
- Out of Space (outro)