The Prodigy – Bridlington Spa 5th May 2015
After six years the warriors of electro-punk are back on the road with another number one album ‘The Day Is My Enemy’. The Prodigy return to what is largely a forgotten venue, the Bridlington Spa. The locals round here are more use to dreary pop acts and comedians rather than a band once described as ‘the godfathers of rave’.
Unsurprisingly, the 3,800 capacity venue was a complete sell out and as Flint and the boys opened up with ‘Breathe’ the whole venue seemed to rupture into a frenzied rave. ‘Where are all my warriors?’ Maxim asks, psyching up the crowd. The band then burst into the lead single from the new record Nasty, which went down a treat with the fans. As did the title track which sounded like a battlefield with its wild sirens and deafening drumbeats that resembled cannon fire.
But it was Omen that was a sure contender for tune of the night. The previous record, Invaders Must Die, will have been the album that introduced many of the younger fans to the band. Run with the Wolves and final track of the gig Take Me to the Hospital will not have left them disappointed.
Old favourites like Firestarter and Voodoo People were just what everyone had hoped for. However, many classics hadn’t made the cut. The album Always Outnumbered, Never Outgunned was missed out entirely. In fact half of the set consisted of new songs with the band opting for a more fresh approach in order to promote the new album.
My personal favourite of the night had to be the controversial Smack My Bitch Up. With a huge ‘wall of death’ forming, Maxim asked the crowd to get lower and lower. Then all hell broke loose as the masses of sweaty fans leaped up crashing into each other in chaotic fashion.
Forming in 1990, this year will see the Prodigy mark their 25th anniversary. However, witnessing one of their shows you would hardly think the band members are now in their middle age. Their shows are bursting with energy and quite something to behold. Liam, Keith and Maxim are far from knocking on the door of retirement just yet. Further dates on the tour are almost sold out so don’t delay.
Words: Will Booth Go follow him on Twitter