Guest post by Superbreak’s Marketing & Commercial Director, Darren Neylon…
This was a gig to remember, and my thanks go to Superbreak for enabling my family and I to experience it. The headline act was Chase & Status who absolutely blew the roof off the O2 Arena, as well as rattling the floor boards with some of their deep bass anthems. This was the last night of their 3 week UK tour and it was obvious early on that they were going to leave nothing behind. They were ably supported by Moko, Pusha T and Netsky, who fired up the audience into a state of frenzy before the main act. Netsky were fantastic, especially their big hit, Everyday, which had the crowd jumping in the finale. Netsky is led by Belgian musician, Boris Daenen, who along with his band delivered a thumping performance. They were joined by Belgian vocalist, Billie Bentein, who wowed the crowd with her big voice as lead on a couple of tracks.
The big stage was preserved for the main act, Chase & Status, who shook the O2 off its foundations with their deep bass blasting out. Chase & Status comprises of London duo, Saul Milton (Chase) and Will Kennard (Status). They are often joined by MC Rage, as well as a host of guest vocal artists, in their live gigs. The band formed in 2003 after meeting in Manchester and spent the next 6 years winning dance album awards with their liquid drum and bass. They then changed to a more commercial sound which has brought them widespread acclaim.
The main performance started with some tech problems, the lights going out twice before and after the first track. This was soon forgotten as the hitches disappeared and the band let loose their full big show weaponry. Most of their favourites were included in the onslaught: No problem (with freaky tribal backing video), Eastern Jam (with its dubstep origins), End Credits (featuring Plan B on the backing video screen), Let You Go, Time (featuring Delilah), Flashing Lights and Blind Faith (featuring Liam Bailey). Lost and Not Found (featuring Louis M^ttrs) was amazing. My personal favourite was Alive (featuring Jacob Banks) which for me had everything; pace change, explosive build ups, bass onslaughts and stirring lyrics.
The crowd was blown away by steam jets, blinding laser shows, huge abstract videos, explosive lighting and most of all, deep bass that sent thunderous vibrations through every living tissue of every being in the house. It truly was an amazing show. The crowd was never in their seats, totally consumed by the invasion of light and sound on their senses. At the close, Chase & Status brought on all their guest vocalists for a big group end-of-tour bow which brought a fitting finish to a sensational couple of hours. Superbreak’s seats gave the best view in the house, as always, and I really can’t wait to go back to the O2 Arena London for another blow out performance.
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