I was over the moon when London Scouser told me he'd won some itunes Festival tickets a couple of years ago, but when he told me who we would be seeing I was a little disappointed. I loved one track I'd heard from Chase and Status, in fact 'Blind Faith' was one of my top 5 songs of 2011, but to be honest, I wasn't into the Dubstep hype at the time. Don't look a gift horse in the mouth I thought, so I put on their latest album in the car on repeat a couple of times and sure enough, I got into them and was looking forward to seeing them at my favourite venue in London, the Roundhouse!
I remember it was a scorcher of a day and there is nothing better than milling around Camden in the sunshine! A few preconcert bevvies sitting by Camden Lock at the Lloyds bar then a fab pizza at La Porchetta which is right opposite the venue. We sat at an outside table in the sun smugly watching all the people queueing outside the Roundhouse, in the hope of getting a ticket. Gutted!
Once in the venue, we watched the beginning of Nero, but they weren't really our cup of tea, plus the Roundhouse has a bar with an open terrace, bonus! By the time it was time for Chase and Status to come on, the buzz was electrifying, as you can see from the live video below, the build up was immense (start it at 1:30)! I'll never forget this concert, the way the voodoo face of 'No Problem' (one of the highlights of album No More Idols) appeared on the screen in its neon colouring. As soon as the beat dropped, the whole place erupted. I've never been to a rave or any of those mega clubs in Ibiza, but the feeling was intense. It felt like my heart beat was being controlled by the bass and I don't think my feet physically touched the floor for the majority of the concert! The whole performance was full of contagious energy and at moments I was so overwhelmed, I was laughing out loud. Another absolute highlight was when Liam Bailey came out an did Blind Faith, superb.
All photos taken by and Copyright of K.Bazeley