2009.05.10 – BBC Radio1’s Big Weekend, Swindon, England

Date: 10th May 2009
Event: BBC Radio1’s Big Weekend
Venue: Lydiard Country Park
City: Swidon
Country: England
Support: N-Dubz, Alesha Dixon, Scouting for Girls, Akon, Franz Ferdinand, Ne-Yo, Lily Allen

1. Invaders Must Die Intro
2. World’s On Fire
3. Breathe
4. Breathe (Dubstep)
5. Omen
6. Warrior’s Dance
7. Firestrarter
8. Run With The Wolves
9. Voodoo People
10. Omen (Reprise)
11. Invaders Must Die
12. Diesel Power Beats
13. Smack My Bitch Up
14. Take Me To The Hospital
15. Out Of Space

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Review by ANDREWL:
Right with regards to stage set-up Prodigy had all their own stuff/backdrop on stage (only band to get this all weekend from what I saw) …basically they had the Invaders backdrop from the festivals/Academy shows last year with the Invader lights in the air..also used some of the arena tour lighting for Omen Reprise…
They specifically asked Zane Lowe to do a 30min DJ set before they came on compared to having background music/videos being played and he was awesome as ever and tore the place to shreds hyping up the crowd at every available opportunity…
Came onstage bang on 8.30pm and started with the following –
IMD Intro
Worlds On Fire
Breathe / Breathe Dubstep
….Here’s where the power cut happened…Liam was just getting into the dub version of Breathe when all the power suddenly went for no reason..they all had to leave the stage and were off for about 10-15mins (I think on the radio interview when in the car they said it was vibrations that caused a power switch or something (Blown generator apparently)…unless some idiot pulled the wrong plug out from somewhere..lol 😀 )
Back on they came with Maxim saying it wasn’t them that caused it lol 😀
Then played the following –
Warrior’s Dance (Keith went nuts on this as u have seen on the TV by going along the whole barrier inciting the front few rows of the crowd)
Firestarter / Short Action Radar link compared to usual gigs
Run With The Wolves – F’ing Ferocious and full on as ever..crowd went mental for this down the front
Voodoo People (2008 Remix) – same as usual
no encore basically Keith & Maxim went off stage for a breather..Liam stayed on the stage with the other 2
Omen Reprise (Used some of the lighting from Arena tour and worked a treat – was more a scaled down lighting version of how it was done on the UK Arena tour)
Invaders Must Die – Liam played a wicked repetitive beat towards the end of this (you’ve prob heard this on Radio…sounded wicked)
Diesel Power / Blow Your Mind – FK me the bass on this one!!! my ears are still shuddering from it…went straight into –
Smack My Bitch Up – Again the bass on this was f’ing awesome
Take Me To The Hospital – fantastic as ever
Out Of Space – ended it just after Liam cut the sound and got the whole crowd to sing it compared to the festivals last year where they carried on with it after bringing the sound back
Full respect have to say to the guys for not letting the power cut effect them…they sounded on great form on both the TV and Radio interview and took it in their stride..full respect to Liam as well for just going straight back into it after the power failure as well

Review by nme.com
The Prodigy’s headline set on the second day of the Radio 1’s Big Weekend festival in Swindon was interrupted last night (May 10) when the band’s volume apparently short-circuited their own mixing desk.
The incident happened two songs in – during ‘Breathe’ – by which point the bass from their amps had already begun setting off car alarms behind the stage.
Returning after a lull of five minutes, vocalist Maxim Reality quipped: “I just wanna say that was nothing to do with us!”
The trio then blasted through a string of classics, including ‘Out Of Space’, ‘Voodoo People’ and ‘Diesel Power’.
Earlier in the day, Beth Ditto turned in an electrifying performance with Gossip, during which she changed the words of ‘Standing In The Way Of Control’ to ‘Swindon In The Way Of Control’, and wore a succession of hats given to her by audience members.
She dedicated ‘Listen Up’ to “any gay lovers in Swindon”, and offered to move to the town, asking the audience whether they’d pay her rent. The group also showed off several tracks from forthcoming album ‘Music For Men’, including first single ‘Heavy Cross’.
On the main stage, the early part of the day was dominated by big-name urban stars, with both N-Dubz and Tinchy Stryder performing, along with Alesha Dixon and Akon.
Stryder was joined by hitmaking collaborator Taio Cruz, and by members of N-Dubz for his present number one hit ‘Number One’.
Franz Ferdinand drew a good crowd to a set that ended as always with ‘This Fire’, followed by the sight of guitarist Nick McCarthy waving a crutch at the audience as he hobbled offstage. He is still recovering from a foot injury sustained halfway through the band’s US tour.
The Enemy drew a modest crowd to their own headline set on the In New Music We Trust Stage.
Lily Allen announced her song ‘Fuck You’ with the words: “We’ve been asked not to play the next song because you’re not allowed to say fuck, so maybe you can all say it for us.” The ‘Smile’ hitmaker ended her set with her now-traditional cover of Britney Spears’ ‘Womanizer’.

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