100 Days Project

Lu: 100 Big Days (and Nights) Out

I realised I have kept a heap of tickets to mainly music gigs & festivals over the years, as well as a lot of sports fixtures, from both here, UK and Europe. So each day there will be a photo of a ticket accompanied by a hazy memory from that gig… and a musical tip to go with it.

As I go, a playlist on Spotify called ‘100 Big Days Out’ will be built up of the tracks I single out from those gigs/artists/events. Check it out http://open.spotify.com/user/1230930937/playlist/68S65odxiGB6v7hz4exHTL

Day 37:

The Chemical Brothers, Brixton Academy, London, December 2005

The Chemical Brothers are without a doubt my favourite live electronic act. Jump to see them at any chance because you know what you are going to get - and that is not to say that it is always the same. They are the ‘dance’ act that pulled in loads of rock fans to electronic music, through their relentlessly large beats and mental live shows. The lighting shows and projections timed with the tracks are always stunning - I mean, 4 metre high psychotic clown anyone? The crowds always respond to Los Hermanos Chemical, they are brilliant at festivals, but this was the first time I had seen them headline a show themselves and Brixton reached escape velocity that night. You really can sum their attitude up in the track ‘Music : Response’ from Surrender: what you want on a night out is “music that triggers some kind of response”. So whether they are bashing out the big beat from Exit Planet Dust, getting you to punch the air with ‘Hey Boy, Hey Girl’, or providing something more of a sonic journey with ‘Star Guitar’ or ‘Swoon’, everyone in the room will be going chicken jalfrezi. Whether its a Belgian field (coming soon) or a huuuuuuge indoor venue like Olympia’s Grand Hall (as on the cover of Surrender) where we saw them in 2008, they totally boss it. Believe me. If you have the chance to see them buy the ticket - take the ride! Since the show was in support of album Push The Button, listen to ‘Galvanize’. Reach for the lasers!