the chemical brothers
Thursday 25 October
Masters of block rockin' beats, The Chemical Brothers were joined by Beth Orton and Tim Burgess to create a one-off performance at Camden's KOKO filled with stunning psychedelic visuals.
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- Burst Generator
- Do It Again
- Hey Boy Hey Girl
- Don't Fight Control
- It Doesn't Matter
- Star Guitar
- Surface To Air
- Under The Influence
- We Are The Night
- The Boxer (with Tim Burgess)
- Where Do I Begin (with Beth Orton)
Minute by minute report, via text message, by the BBC's Matt Walton.
- 22.39 - The Chems enter stage right and start a low rumble. Someone throws a pint in the air.
- 22.42 - 'Galvanise' bursts into life. No one makes a noise quite like The Chemical Brothers.
- 22.45 - The entire back wall is a screen of light currently filled with spinning dots.
- 22.48 - The noise and lights are astounding. It's an anthemic beginning.
- 22.51 - The hook for 'Do It Again' goes down a treat. A man in electric colours demands we do it again from screen.
- 22.54 - A horrific, terrifying clown screams from the wall.
- 22.55 - The squeal of 'Hey Boy Hey Girl' begins.
- 22.56 - The beat kicks in a everyone's jumping.
- 22.58 - Lasers are bouncing off of KOKO's enormous glitter ball and the crowd are moving as one.
- 23.00 - Seamlessly we move into 'Control'. The lasers have turned from green to purple.
- 23.03 - There's a very good reason someone coined the phrase big beat. These beats are ENORMOUS.
- 23.08 - 'Out of Control'. Bernard Sumner's disembodied voice accompanies the silohettes of dancing members of the gistapo and bowler hatted busine
- 23.10 - Monkeys, tigers and elephants adorn the wall.
- 23.16 - 'It Doesn't Matter'. There are balconies of people dancing and punching the air. Euphoria is everywhere.
- 23.18 - Giant eyes blink at us from the back wall.
- 23.19 - The sound cuts out to disappointed cheers.
- 23.20 - Tom chem looks at his knobs and shruggs. The crowd are clapping expectantly.
- 23.21 - A single beat echoes around KOKO. The crowd cheer. Nothing else happens.
- 23.25 - Someone announces that the show will recommence in a couple of mins. The crowd are clearly agrieved at having their dancing interupted.
- 23.26 - The chems are back on stage and making noises!
- 23.28 - We're back in action. Tom acknowledges the crowd. A butterfly flutters onto the screen.
- 23.33 - The party goers have refound their dancing mojo! Tin robots stride from the screen.
- 23.38 - Someone is playing a massive beautiful game of pong on the rear wall. It turns into exploding paint.
- 23.40 - The crowd are waving euphoric hands in the air to 'Believe'.
- 23.44 - Blueprints of religious buildings adorn the walls. 'I need you to believe in something' rings out.
- 23.49 - We are entering a 'Doctor Who' style time vortex. 'We Are The Night' begins.
- 23.51 - The lasers are going mental. It's too early for fireworks night.
- 23.52 - Ed chem takes a bow. Tom chem nods at us like a vicar. And they are gone.
- 23.54 - And they are back!
- 23.57 - And Tim Burgess has joined them for... 'The Boxer'.
- 23.58 - Tim punches the air. The mosh pit mirrors him.
- 00.01 - And with a clap to the crowd Tim is gone in a sonic hail of noise artillery.
- 00.02 - Silence. Apart from the cheers. The loop of 'Where Do I Begin' starts and Beth Orton joins the stage.
- 00.05 - Clapping builds. Bubbles skitter up the screen. More and more.
- 00.09 - Beth leaves to the squeltchy sound of a landing tardis.
- 00.11 - Suddenly it's got noisy again. At high speed we travel through a castle to block rocking beats!
- 00.13 - Forays of extreme dancing is breaking out everywhere. The lasers flutter across the seething mass.
- 00.16 - The lasers go mental. Knobs are turned to eleven. The noise ends to flood light and the chems leave the stage with their arms a loft. The crowd want more but that's it.
also at bbc electric proms
- Performed alongside The Chemical Brothers:
- Other performances:
- Mark Ronson with guests and the BBC Concert Orchestra
- Mark Ronson with special guests and the BBC Concert Orchestra
- Paul McCartney
- Kaiser Chiefs via David Arnold
- Bloc Party
- Ray Davies and friends
- Agaskodo Teliverek
- Ben Westbeech
- Basquiat Strings
- The Beatles: Help!
- Bob Dylan: The Other Side of the Mirror
- Breed 77
- Charlie Louvin
- The Chemical Brothers
- Cold War Kids
- The Coral
- Daft Punk: Electroma
- Duke Special
- Durrty Goodz
- Edwyn Collins
- The Enemy
- The Flaming Lips:
UFOs at the Zoo
- Kano presents London Town
- Kid Harpoon
- Noah and the Whale
- Once in a Blue Moon:
A tribute to Lal Waterson
- The Metros
- New Cassettes
- Radio Luxembourg
- Reverend and the Makers
- The Riff Raff and Riz MC
- Sam Isaac
- Sigur Rós: Heima
- SOIL & "PIMP" SESSIONS with Jamie Cullum
- Taio Cruz