The Prodigy Bridlington Spa 22 January 2010
David and Laura have been telling me for some time that we should go and see the Prodigy. We missed them at Newcastle Arena last year, so when the chance came to see them in a small(ish for them) venue, I decided that we should buy tickets and see what they were like in concert. I’d read a lot about Bridlington Spa being a great venue to see a band, so a trip to the seaside seemed in order.
So it was that we set off to drive over the Yorkshire moors on a cold, wet and foggy night. Not the best night to make the trip, which took us almost 3 hours (lots of fog and traffic on the moors) but we got there safely and in plenty of time. We went straight into Bridlington centre and found a nice cafe where we sampled their finest fish and chips, which set us up nicely for the show. At around 8pm we went along to the Spa for the concert.
The Spa was already packed when we got in. I was pleased to find that there was a balcony where we could sit down (me being too old for the mosh pit). Luckily we managed to get three seats, looking over the side of the stage. A support act (not sure who) was just finishing; they were followed on stage by South Central, who had some great tracks; lots of sampling and pretty loud; they really got the crowd going.
The Prodigy came on and were something else again. I’d sort of figured what they would be like in my own mind, and they surpassed that; they were unlike anything else I have ever seen. The crowd went totally wild and were 100% into them. Lots of moshing, and crowd surfing; sweat dripping off the walls. Very (but not too) loud; relentless beats; lots of swearing. Keith and Maxim are great frontman; don’t know where they get all the energy from. They constantly run back and forth across the stage and work the front row along the barrier. To my shame I only knew one song fully (Firestarter) and sort of recognised a couple of others. But that didn’t matter; you don’t need to know the songs to enjoy a gig like this. The set was about 75 minutes, which is just about right; given the high energy nature of the whole show. David wandered downstairs for part of the show, and made his way back upstairs towards the end.
We all enjoyed it and thought they were great.
Rather than brave the moors I drove back via York which took around 2 hours. We got home around 1.15am.
Worlds On Fire
Run With The Wolves
Smack My Bitch Up
Take Me To The Hospital
Out Of Space