No tourists, but plenty of Prodigy fans. For two nights, The Prodigy lit up the sky at Alexandra Palace––14 and 15 November 2018––with a set list across all their albums from Experience to No Tourists.
The set list for 14 November was:
- Champions of London
- Voodoo People
- Run with the Wolves
- The Day is My Enemy
- The Day is My Enemy (D&B Remix)
- Need Some1
- Everybody in the Place
- Light Up the Sky
- No Good (Start the Dance)
- Smack My Bitch Up
- We Live Forever
- Fire (Burning Version)
- Take Me to the Hospital
- Timebomb Zone
- Out of Space
A sweaty mass of euphoric humanity danced and jumped as Keith and Maxim prowled the stage, shouting and snarling, urging the audience to ever-greater exertion of energy. At the back of the stage, Liam sat the invisible instigator. A two-hour, 20+ set list was over in the flash of a thousand strobe lights, with Smack My Bitch Up a stand-out moment, with the entire audience encouraged to get down on the floor, before leaping up in ecstatic unison on the final “Up!”. There was strong material from the new album––Light Up the Sky––plus enough early material––Everybody in the Place; Firestarter––to keep the old-school happy.
Ears ringing, stomach pounding, legs aching, clothes sticky, I was ejected into the cool London night as the last strains of Out of Space were still sounding in the Great Hall. It had been a tremendous evening.
Midnight, heading homewards, vaguely on auto-pilot, feeling as though I had left most of my senses somewhere else, I was struck by a single desire. A pork pie. A pork pie at the end of a Prodigy gig. It seemed like the most natural thing in the world.
Could I find a pork pie in Alexandra Palace, on a weekday, at midnight? No. I am wondering whether The Prodigy should include one in their merchandise shop.
© Dalton Wells
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