The Prodigy @Plug, Sheffield


So, The Prodigy played two small venue warm up shows this weekend previewing new material. One at The Plug in Sheffield on Friday and one last night at the Rainbow Warehouse, Birmingham. Friday afternoon, I scrambled into a car and drove up to Sheffield from London in the space of about two and half hours, and Wow. What a night. I've still got ringing in my ears.

If you've been caught up in the front of the crowd at a Prodigy gig before you'll know its like being in a giant washing machine. Except, instead of coming out clean, it leaves you dripping with sweat. Not even the jet stream of the air conditioning in this 1000 capacity venue could help stop this place turning into a sweatbox.

The band came on just after midnight. Liam behind his medley of synths, laptops and drum machines and Keith and Maxim took up their positions front of the stage and instantly brought with them their immense stage presence. Like two wolves pacing in front of their prey they welcomed the crowd; "Sheffield are you fucking ready?". Everyone in the room knew it was about to kick off.

As the band fired into new track 'Worlds On Fire' the crowd went ballistic. Surging forward, then pushed backward, left & right, then repeated. Sorting out the strong from the weak. They ploughed into 'Breathe', 'Their Law', and 'Spitfire' before Maxim commended all those still in the mosh pit and ridiculed all those who left it to get a drink and find fresh air. Keith, who always looks like he's on day release from the mental home, was wearing black tracksuit bottoms with 'Invaders Must Die' below a skull and crossbones design. If that's not a big enough clue for the name of the new album, I don't know what is.

They then played new track 'Warriors Dance' which, from what I can remember was a killer, I think it sampled an old rave track, or at least sounded like 90's rave and more of their early material. Unfortunately that was all the new tracks to be sampled although there was a track called 'New Beats' on the setlist? But I didn't care, the set continued to play out their hit singles, my highlight being 'Voodoo People' which along with 'Out Of Space' turned the place into an old skool rave.


The Prodigy: Out Of Space (Live @Plug, Sheffield 16/05/08)

Setlist:
Worlds On Fire
Breathe
Their Law
Spitfire
Warriors Dance
Back To Skool
Firestarter
Action Radar Link
New Beats
Voodoo
Poison
Diesel Power
Smack My Bitch Up
Out Of Space
Dead Ken Beats

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