ARMED with huge tunes, an array of talented artists and plenty of lasers – the Chase & Status machine came rolling into Brighton Centre last night and blew the crowd away.
After three album releases the duo were able to pack their set full of crowd-pleasers such as Hypest Hype (with a typically energetic Tempa T bounding around the stage), Eastern Jam – from debut album More Than Alot – and latest single Count on Me, with the brilliant Moko. At no point was there a mass exodus to bar the way there often is when artists play new songs or album tracks.
The sold-out standing area was a sea of mosh-pits and weird and wonderful dance moves, while even those in the seated areas couldn’t resist spending the whole gig up on their feet.
The stage set reflected the energy of the music. Saul Milton and Will Kennard stood behind a giant C and S on either side of the stage, where they worked their magic on the decks. Andy Gandageen pounded away from behind his drumkit centre stage, never missing a beat, and MC Rage ensured the crowd’s energy levels never dropped.
Plumes of dry ice regularly erupted from the front of the stage as lasers, flashing lights and countless screens lit up the audience.
Homegrown Brighton artists, Eli Ingram and Louis M^ttrs, performed on tracks Heaven Knows and Lost & Not Found, respectively, and were clearly buzzing to be performing in front of a home crowd.
The highlight of the gig was a blistering performance of Blind Faith featuring Liam Bailey – the lead single from the duo’s second album No More Idols. That song was an anthem for me during my time at university and would often be the soundtrack of my walks to and from the campus.
A blistering cover of Rage Against the Machine’s Killing in the Name, which channelled all the passion and aggression of frontman Zack de la Rocha, and Fool Yourself brought a close to the gig in suitably raucous fashion.
Support for the gig was provided by Moko, Pusha T and the outstanding Netsky, all of which did a great job of getting the crowd in the mood to completely lose themselves when the Chase and Status boys took to the stage.