The Chemical Brothers left nothing to the imagination with their mind blowing and beautifully crafted live show. A cacophony of organised chaos, they transport you into an escape from the mundane with a deeply thought out visual experience to capture not only the mood of their songs, but to draw the audience attendee into that mood.
The show at times is so intense, you find it hard to distinguish what is real and what isn’t. While their huge vibrant visual projectors filling your senses with state of the art 3D ideas, it distracts you from seeing a sudden tangible object elements entering the show, like an explosion of confetti, or a cannon blast of beach balls into the crowd or giant robots being launched onto the stage. One moment that really got me was a beach ball being launched in the air to mimic a baseball being hit on the visuals. The timing of this moment was impeccable.
The show is filled with all the classics and is totally dance inducing as expected. But with such a fantastically advanced and technology driven performance, I ofter found myself (in a good way) standing with my jaw dropped completely forgetting to dance at all. It goes without saying, this was hands down the single most impressive life electronic visual performance I’ve ever seen aside from Daft Punk’s 2007 show, which was ahead of the times, at the time.
Photos by Michael Coates