The Prodigy - Brixton Academy

The Prodigy might have slightly misfired this year with the less than well received long player 'Always Outnumbered, Never Outgunned' but tonight’s performance, the first of two sold-out nights at Brixton Academy, shows that, whatever the critics say, Keith Flint has no intention of slipping away quietly into the night. No, he's a noisy, lairy bastard; a two-fingered salute to notions of correctness in all its forms. A one man noise machine and he's backed by assassins of similar levels of obnoxiousness - there’s a tangible sense of euphoria as they take to the stage and the light show begins.

Now, as a live unit, The Prodigy are absolutely fucking corking – the band are tight, aggressive, frightening and brain roasting hot. Classics and new efforts slide effortlessly into the set; Firestarter, as overplayed as any song in the history of music, still manages to sound absolutely fresh. Having said that, there's a strong feeling of nostalgia in the air but it doesn't linger; its more a case of suddenly remembering where you were (and what state you were probably in) the first time you heard 'Fat Of The Land', before getting back into the business at hand; having a good one and dancing like a maniac. It seems like a very short set but it was an explosive one. The Prodigy are back, and anyone writing them off just yet is jumping the gun by a long way.

Last updated: 19/04/2018 10:53:11

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